The point of this blog is to explore how to make 44 better than any other year. Better than 43, 42 , 35, 21(well maybe not 21), etc. So far, not so much success. Everyday is a blessing and everyday offers a chance to grow but I’m thinking more “stepping to the edge” than “business as usual.” My running has been terrible – a struggle every day. My job is a job. I feel constantly consumed by what my kids are doing. These are the things I want to improve. I REALLY need to get back in shape and I know that is a big part of my mental health. I need to be better at my job and I know that will make it less of a grind. I know I have to make more time for myself.
Do I need more motivation or do I just need a plan? Probably a little of both.
1. My ultimate bucket list item is to hike the Appalachian Trail. That has always been my reason for staying in shape. I know that I won’t have the time until I retire so I’ve always had a goal of staying in shape until that opportunity arises.
2. I coached wrestling with a guy who used to say “Don’t Leave Anything on the Mat.” That’s how I want to live. As Thoreau said, I want to suck the very marrow out of life and know that when I come to die that I have lived.
3. Grandchildren – I want to know them and I want to have crazy stories to share with them. I want to be able to help mold them. And most of all I want to be a great role model for them.
4. Lincoln said, “Whatever you are; be a good one.” That’s important to me. I want my legacy to be that I was good at what I did as a principal, a father, a husband, a son.
1. Get your mind right! – Be more positive, avoid energy sappers
2. Focus! – Read your goals daily
3. Remember your motivation! – Read those too
4. Work to be better everyday! – And hold yourself accountable. Each day write down what you did to improve yourself today.
5. Seek support