A Lifetime of Opportunity

We’re a month into 2014. How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming? I’m guessing, most have fallen by the wayside already.

It’s tough to change your ways. They say it takes six weeks to start a habit. Not sure exactly how long it takes to break one. Probably longer than six weeks. But most of us start the year off with a bang – full of hope and good intentions. Then, after two or three weeks of trying to make a change or start something new, we experience a set back or two and give up.

The good news is, we don’t have to give up. It doesn’t matter if you blew your diet already. Or if you cursed. Or if you only worked out once last week instead of the three times per week you committed to. It just matters that you pick yourself up and keep trying.

I may be an optimist, but it seems to me that every day is a new opportunity to improve yourself. Heck, every minute is a new opportunity to do better than you did the minute before. If we gave up every time we failed at something, we’d never accomplish anything. There are 334 days left in this year and, if we’re lucky, a whole lot more than that left in this life. As long as you have another second, you have another opportunity.

Your life is basically one big, long road towards self-improvement. It’s not about short-term goals and temporary achievements. It’s about getting to the end of the road and feeling like you did a little bit better every year.

I believe Eminem sums it up best: “You only get one shot, do NOT miss your chance to blow this opportunity comes once in a lifetime. . .yo.”

You have a lifetime of opportunity ahead. Don’t give up after one lousy month.