Goals, New Year, and Compasses

Some people may find it odd that I rarely talk about goals. It’s not that I don’t have any; just that I would rather focus on making them happen than talk about them.

Most people are talkers. They talk and talk and talk and nothing ever happens. The few times I have had a regular job, it’s been a frustrating experience. There is so much red tape and bureaucracy. I can’t believe how many meetings there are. People have meetings to decide when they’re going to have a meeting. Few things get accomplished, and none of them quickly.

For me, running has always been my compass, providing me with direction on how to get things done. As I wrote in The Inner Runner, “Running puts us on the right path. It directs us toward a life of meaning. And it helps us get more done.”  

But just because running is my compass, it doesn’t have to be yours. Find what gives you pleasure, what you are deeply passionate about, what makes you get out of bed in the morning because you want to, not because you have to, and make that your compass.

So, as we complete yet another year of our lives, remember that December 31 and January 1 are just days. There is no greater meaning to them other than what we attach to them. We don’t need “New Year, New You” campaigns and we don’t need to make a pledge that “This year I’m going to do X.” All we need is a compass.

Happy December 31 and happy January 1.

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