My Thoughts for 2018

Resolutions

My Thoughts on 2018 Resolutions

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Happy New Year 2018!

Any day is a great day to make a new start, but New Year’s?  It doesn’t get any better.

Let’s get to it.

This year, I want to make writing more of a priority.  I want to write essentially everyday.  I finally came across Seth Godin’s blog the other day.  I really liked his layout.  Simple, no pics, no minimum words, no comment section; just his thoughts, daily.  Could be a couple of sentences or several paragraphs.  No rules.  I like that.  It fits me to a T, actually.  I had been wanting to start my blog like this for quite some time, but just never did do it.  I guess I never took permission like Andy Traub talks about.  And like Steven Pressfieldhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=sbrianbell-20&l=am2&o=1&a=1936891026 talks about, I’ve been letting resistance get the best of me.

But the truth is, I have so much going on and so little free time, the most important thing for me to do right now is write.  I don’t have time to worry about all the other stuff right now.  Someday, I’m sure I will, but for now, I just need to show up and write and let everything else go.

So Resolution #1:  Show up and write every day and let all the rules go by the way side.

These are in no particular order by the way.

Next, diet and exercise.

I made great strides in 2017 with diet and exercise.  But I did relapse here at the end of the year.  Well, at the end of last year now.  I started 2017 at 210.4.  My lowest for the year was 175.4 on October 14th.  Down 35 pounds.  This was the morning after Bobbi and Shelby got home from Uganda.

Uganda took its toll on me.  It was one of the hardest things I had ever been through.  The morning they left, October 4th, I was at 189.0.  So while they were gone, I lost 13.6 pounds in 10 days.  I was trying though.  My goal was to lose 10 pounds in 10 days.  I went several days just eating like a grilled chicken breast for lunch.  And I was walking, running, and working out.  I was going for the biggest transformation possible while they were gone.  I’m happy and thankful to say, it was a success.

I started the Christmas holiday on December 17th (our 1st Christmas dinner of the season) at 179.8, up 4.4 pounds from my lowest of the year. I had really just been striving to stay in the 170s through the holidays.  My goal was to start 2018 in the 170s.  But I let Christmas get the best of me.

Today, I started 2018 at 186.8, up 7 pounds over Christmas; up 11.4 pounds from my lowest of 2017.

This year I want to get down to 170.  But not only do I want to cut calories and exercise regularly, I want to focus more on nutrition.  I’ve never been good at eating nutritiously.   I want to change this.  

Resolution #2:  Eat more nutritiously, drop my weight to 170, and get fit.

Next, read.

I have so many books.  I love bookstores.  I love the idea of reading.  But to actually sit down and read?  I have a hard time.  I guess it goes back to being so busy and overcoming resistance.  But it also comes down to time management.  Think I can find 30 minutes a day to read?  I think so too.  I would like to read at least 1 book a month.  I definitely made strides in 2017 in this area too, but like my weight, I wasn’t consistent.

Resolution #3:  Stay focused, disciplined, and committed to read at least 1 book a month.

Which brings me to something else.

My word of the year:  Discipline.  Discipline is going to be my focus word for 2018.  I will say it again, discipline.

Jocko Willink says “Discipline equals freedom.”  He actually has a bookhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=sbrianbell-20&l=am2&o=1&a=1250156947 by this name.  I own it.  Have I read it yet?  No.

But Jocko Willink is not the reason I chose the word discipline.  I had actually already been focusing on this word before I even heard of his quote or book title.

So what else?

I also want to stay consistent in God’s Word; rest, trust, and be thankful in Him.  I want to enjoy my life.  I want to live in the moment, enjoy the journey, and not take for granted my time with my children.  I want to live freely without fear or worry.

My Bible verses for today are:

The Lord does not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind (or self-discipline, as some versions say). – 2 Timothy 1:7

Be anxious in nothing, but instead through humble prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7


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