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Happy New Year

What does happy new year mean to you? For me it means opportunity. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and refine ourselves in the present to provide a better future. For those who work outside of the home it is like your year end review. We have our strengths, areas for improvement, and goals for the new year. This is how I approach the new year.

Is it easy for you to know your strengths? It is for me because I know who I am. But many have a hard time answering that question when it comes to themselves. How would your friends answer that question about you? Unfortunately a lot of people lack the self confidence to realize how special their strengths are. These are the people I wish I could help. We all have gifts that god has given us but sometimes we need that one person to help us to realize it. If you know someone like that be the difference maker in their life.

I am an extremely flawed individual so my areas for improvement is the easiest area to fill. Despite trying to live a Christian life I make mistakes all the time. I don’t make resolutions but rather each day I pray to be a better father, husband, son, brother, and friend than I was the day before. Sounds easy enough but most days I fail in one of those aspects at least in my eyes. One of my biggest fears growing up was disappointing other people. I knew my parents would get made at me but I felt the worst when I disappointed my parents especially my dad. I didn’t want to disappoint my coaches or teammates, my boss or co-workers, my family or friends, or my Lord. My roughest time was during my divorce. I felt like such a disappointment to so many people then my dad said something that still sticks with me today. He wasn’t disappointed in me because of a failed marriage but he told me “son you will probably disappoint people all your life but don’t ever disappoint yourself.”He was right. We can’t control others expectations of us but we can control our own. Give your best effort, don’t underachieve, and be true to yourself. Since my dad’s words,my toughest times are when I am honest and disappointed in myself.

Finally, it always helps to have goals in life. I already shared my daily goals above but it is good to have 2-3 goals for the year. My best advice is to make them challenging but attainable. If you set them too high or too low you will guarantee failure. Hopefully if these words help or motivate you we can all have a happy new year. 


7 responses to “Happy New Year

  1. Margie ⋅

    Hi Jim, I love what your dad said to you. I’m going to use that on my own kids and myself. I love your post!

  2. Alice Wolfe ⋅

    Thanks so much Jim for simplifying the opportunities we each have as we start the New Year! Well thought out and said! Your dad and mom are not disappointed but, extremely proud of you! Hugs on a message well said. Alice

  3. Jenny Fink ⋅

    I enjoyed that and your dad was right. I struggle every day with if I’m doing right by my granddaughters , the patience I need to raise them. Another new business, a house and at the same time getting reaquainted with God. Your blogs are encouraging, and what you continue to do every day is an inspiration for me. My mom always tells me God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but some days it seems endless. The girls and I started going to church this past summer and that does make a difference. Thank you Jim for sharing your journey, you give a lot more than you realize.


  4. Paul Sawicki ⋅

    Hi Jim:

    This is Paul Sawicki. We went to St. Cecilia, Homestead, UW Madison and worked to Mee-Kwon Golf Course together.

    You are truly and man of strength of character and an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey of life.

    You have me best thoughts and prayers,


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