Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s a New Year!

Welcome to 2017 everybody!  I hope the new year has health, happiness, and accomplishment for all.  I also hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the Holidays with family, friends, and loved ones.  The Stueck house had a great Christmas and New Year.  I think we’re the only house on the block to get kids a waffle iron and an inflatable T-Rex costume.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed all of it.
Now we’re into 2017 and of course that means time thinking about the past year and making those ever present New Year’s resolutions.  Or maybe you’re past the resolutions like our oldest daughter.  We were sitting around talking today and she says that she doesn’t get why she has to wait till January to do something.  I don’t have an answer for that, nobody has to wait to make a change, but I like using this time of year to reflect.  I like taking some time in January once the calendar has flipped and think about what I’ve accomplished over the past year, and what I want to accomplish over the coming year.  The past year has been an absolute great year for us, I asked Laura to marry me and she said yes.  The kids are happy healthy and doing well.  The business is going well.  Things really are good.  Now it’s time to think about those next steps.  I need to be running/exercising more, being more productive with my time, pretty much the same things that are going to be on 75% of new year’s resolution lists for people.  I’m sure you’ve got the same type things on your list, they all seem to pretty much come down to either being more or doing more fill in the blank.  Well during the family conversation today about resolutions, I got an amazing perspective from my 10 year old.  For this to make sense you’re going to need a little back story.  During the last few months Laura and I have had this sort of running conversation with the kids that we’re a family of “Doers.”  Something needs to be done, we do it.  We want something, we do what needs to happen to get it.  It’s been a good thing.  It sounds cheesy, but whatever, it’s worked for us.  Anyway, with that thought of being a “doer” in his head, the youngest says that our New Year’s resolution should simply be to be “have doner’s.”  Take a second on that one.  Go into your New Year looking to be a “have doner.”  What’s that?  you want to run today?  What would a have doner do?  They would have already done it.  You have a book that needs to be read?  Become a have doner and get it read.

For whatever reason I just love this idea, and like most great ideas it’s a fairly straight forward and simple one.  We’re simply taking the decision out of it.  Sure it’s easy enough to say that you want to run today, or that you want to get that closet cleaned out that makes you shiver every time you open it, but wanting to and doing it are two different things.  If you want to be a have doner, that decision is already made.  You can’t be a have doner and wonder if you’re going to do something.  You just need to do it.  I’ve been sitting with this idea for the better part of the day and it’s just great.  So the thought for the new year comes from my 10 year old.  Be a have doner.  Be a person that doesn’t think about getting things accomplished, just get things accomplished.  That’s my New Year’s resolution.  

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