Naturally I believe introductions are in order before any reading begins. Though a name isn’t really important; its more about the experiences and observations that shall be portrayed that need be remembered. As the 2011 year came to an end, I had marked the 1 year anniversary at my pointless soul sucking dead end occupation which is formally know as a nursing assistant at a retirement home. Truthfully the first half of the year I was overjoyed with the thought of helping people that needed it, but as day after day I began to realize that no matter what I did I could only make them comfortable to an extent. I never really helped them get better. And the nurses here were chismosas as my late grandmother would say.
The thought of the collective bad out weighed the good and it had slowly but surely began eating away at my patiences, compassion and soul. So I decided half way through December that I would be taking my talents else where. But unlike Lebron I didn’t have a hospital paying me millions and waiting to have a tinker tape parade in my honor as soon as my ’95 Camery touched down.
New Years came and went and the most anticipated date since the millennium has begun. My notion beginning this year was if this world ends I will die knowing I lived up the crossroad of my potential and opportunity. I’d die a happy man. Also invest in guns and have a zombie survival plan. (low-key) Its just your basic emergency plan.
All these thoughts and talks with my team (LGCLTV) came to a realization that at this point in our life our everyday routine was made of habits. And an epiphany hit me, while this blunt kept burning, that our bad habits had taken over and we had to take it back this year. We had to consciously make every day count for something, back in high school I was reminded every single day by my football coach that everyday you either get a little better or a little worse but you never stayed the same. I had heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit and after a little research I discovered that it takes 21 days to get into a habit and 66 days to keep a habit.
So 2 hours later after the realization and acceptance that my habits were not making the most out of each day I had planned my 7 days out to the T. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I would be going to school for about 8 hours, get a work out in, and practice sewing. And the other 4 days i would be working, working out, and finishing home work. Those will be my work days. Specific habits I’d like to create are stretching, push ups, and crutches when I wake up and before sleep. These are small habits that 4 years ago i had now they are the simple things that I long for.
Like anything else in life worthwhile it wont be easy. But taking it day by day, hour per hour, and minute by minute with the idea in my deepest part of brain that all the hard work will pay off eases my mind. As my good habits grow they will become building blocks to the even bigger goals I would like to accomplish this year. If you haven’t heard the bigger dream the less the competition so I aim for the sky but start at the bottom to enjoy the quest. So far these 4 days into 2012 have reinforced the notion that the year is what you make it. And at the end of the year I will have fulfilled the fortune I got day 1 of 2012.
So what will you make of it? These small steps may seem minuscule to you but they’re building blocks to me. At least I’m taking steps, that’s more then I can say for half the people I know. And not to sound like I am high and mighty but my creativity and productivity this year will speak volumes for me. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Be excellent. Make your day count, be a lion.