A New Year – 2016


The Start of the Race. Photo from www.Pixabay.com.

We are “officially” into 2016 and that means reviewing our “bucket list” and breaking it down into four quarters.

Why four quarters?  Well, if you think about it, life is like a relay race. In a relay race there are four runners. Similarly, in a year there are four quarters/chances to bring home the Gold and accomplish great things.

Last year, when I decided to make the big move to Seattle I used the four quarter strategy to set my plans in motion. Was it easy?  NO, but every time fear would set in, I would tell myself, “Stick with the plan!!”

My father owned his own business, so we saw him go through the ups and downs of the economy, etc. He taught his four kids that we were the only ones who could “make things happen.” His favorite phrase was “no one serves you anything on a silver platter.”

This year I have new goals. What are they you are wondering?  Well, I can’t reveal them. It’s like wishing on a lucky star, you have to keep the wish to yourself and wait for it to come true.

Goals are like that. If you share your goals with others they usually “laugh” and say, “Where did you come up with that idea?  It will never happen, are you crazy?”

So this time, I got smart! When I decided to move to Seattle, I didn’t tell anyone, I just focused on making it happen. Oh, I wanted to tell people, because I wanted them to be happy for me, but I could not “risk” the negative comments.

I have learned that most people fear change, but their biggest fear is what family and friends will think. They need that approval. The key to success is to “not” need outside approval. Instead, follow your passion, follow your dreams, and with determination let your gut instincts lead you to success.

The worst thing that will happen is you fall down and have a to get back up. Just like riding a bike, you KNOW you will do it, you just don’t know how many times you will have to fall before you finally ride like a pro.

So, here’s to coming up with a FOUR QUARTER plan for 2016!

Be determined, keep reviewing and adjusting it, and when a bit of doubt sets in, REMEMBER to tell yourself, “It CAN be done!  STICK WITH THE PLAN.”

I’ll see YOU at the Finish Line on December 31, 2016!

And remember…   GO FOR THE GOLD!

7 thoughts on “A New Year – 2016

  1. LOVE the idea of the four quarter list!!! That’s fantastic, and I’m going to take that idea and run with it! HA! As far as goals, I am lucky enough to have a dear friend who is just as adventurous as I am. When I tell her I’m going to do X, she’s not only all for it, but we end up doing XY and Z, just for good measure! Although I agree with you, that we do not need others to approve what we do, at the same time, I think, at least for me, if it were not for my friends’ encouragement, I would not have been able to complete some of my hardest goals…


    1. Agreed — sometimes friends/family can be really encouraging, so we have to “assess” the situation and KNOW who would offer that encouragement and share in our excitement, so that makes us FEEL we can reach for the stars!

      GOOD LUCK with your goals! I will visit your Blog too. Thanks.

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  2. Like you, I like to take stock several times a year, especially as the seasons change, but I’m much more casual about it than you. I think I’ll take you up on your idea and set a date with myself at the beginning of each quarter to review and see how I’m doing. Good tip!

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