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3 Jan 2008 / Julie

Happy 08! (revised)

I got an email in honor of the new year the other day that has so far affected every decision i’ve made so far this year-

Something to ponder as we enter the New Year:

“You get to make a choice. You can remake that choice every day, in fact. It’s never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. The best thing is that it only takes a moment — just one second — to decide.

Before you finish this paragraph, you have the power to change everything that’s to come. And you can do that by asking yourself (and your colleagues) the one question that every organization and every individual needs to ask today: Why not be great?”

The quote, which was originally from Seth Godin’s blog, quoted on The Brand Builder, reminded me that we don’t just get a new day every 24 hours, but a whole new life, should we choose it, every second (i’d use milliseconds if i could could that fast, but alas). It’s a powerful thought. A thought that quickens my heartbeat and makes me want to (again) do it all now!

But then I run into my usual “how do i focus my energies enough to focus and actually get something done?” Most of the time I feel the need to support cloning more so that I can go in every direction I need/want to all at once. But the physical limitations of being only one person makes it impossible to work at the speed my brain does. C’est la vie.

So far, i’ve used this thought on choice on a small scale- I’ve re-redesigned an entire site (unfortunately not my own… yet), decided against the cupcake(s), and re-found my kitchen table under all it’s post-move debris and boxes so that I can have a guest over for dinner tonight. I also made the ever-important decision to get out of bed. Which, this morning, was rough as it was 18F outside and probably not much warmer outside my bed. I took solace in the fact that if I couldn’t get out of bed I could still *have* a great day, but I decided it was best to get out of bed, bolt into a warm shower, and start the day so i could *be* great. (I maintain that one can *be* great in bed, too, but I digress…)

While I have great plans for this blog and for myself for this year, I’m going to start by making the decision to go to the gym… despite the parking… traffic… cold… and inevitable waiting for a machine.

Happy 08 all! I hope everyone takes the world up on it’s new-life-every-second and begin (or continue) to live the lives we all want to live.

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