Greetings and welcome to my first post of the new year! My name is Casey Cornelius. I'm the founder of ForCollegeForLife and it is my pleasure to serve as a contributor for GenYize. This is the first installment of a series of articles- you’ll notice I frequently write in the first person and like to share personal experiences.
As we move into 2015, I am in the process of setting some new goals for the year. Call them resolutions if you must, but I think we all use the new year as an opportunity to project our ambitions for success. The sad part is that we rarely reach those goals. Despite starting with the best of intentions, we fall short of reaching our full potential.
Goal-setting is a healthy activity. We should set reaching goals which are big and, often, scary! What happens is that we become so caught up in our daily lives we forget to take the necessary steps to meet them.
I will start with a question—as you sit down to establish your short and long-term goals, what will you do on a daily basis to reach them? Put another way, how much closer to your goals would you be if you made one better choice each day?
One better choice seems reasonable, doesn’t it?
I use the word “choice" because it's something entirely different than a decision. To me, decisions are often binary questions which have little impact on your overall life. Do you prefer coffee or tea? Do you want to see this movie or stay home? Window or aisle seat? All of these are decisions which aren’t all that important.
Choices are different.
Our choices are what allow us to demonstrate and live up to our priorities. Choices do matter. As we will explore in the next few months, our choices are the things which produce habits. Habits are the result of the rewards we receive when we engage in an activity. (For much more on this, I suggest The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg!)
Let’s say you set a goal this year to run a marathon. For most, this isn’t something you can do by rolling out of bed and throwing on your shoes. It involves months of preparation, training, and making a series of choices which produce the momentum needed to meet that goal. You will need to develop the types of habits which will allow you to run 26.2 miles. No easy task!
Each installment of this series, entitled One Better Choice, will deal with a central concept which applies to most goals. Some will be a bit more abstract and, while maybe not exactly tied to your goals for the year, will provide some areas to consider for growth.
Before the first article, which will deal with the choice to be present, I hope you might take a few minutes to write out some goals for the year. They might be small or large, but I encourage you to make them meaningful and tangible. Whether you think of them as “resolutions” or not, I would suggest developing 3-5 goals for the year. At the end of 2015, you should be able to definitively say whether you met them or not.
Until then, I hope we might connect. Please see my social media information below and send me a message if you like the concept of One Better Choice.