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Happy New Years!

Cindy Jones Lantier

Happy New Year -- 2018!

I love firsts … First kisses, first cars. The first of the week, the first of the month – but most especially, the first of the year.

It’s not the date itself that excites me, but rather the energy. There’s a freshness, a hopefulness. It’s time to look ahead and get lost in possibilities. At New Years, almost everyone is making resolutions and dreaming of a better life. And not just dreaming; many people are actively looking for ways to change their lives and realize their goals.

Of course, I’m no different.

I have a ton of plans for 2018, both personally and professionally. I want to make some specific changes to my health and well-being and deepen my spiritual practices. My money mindset needs some work and I need to make a concerted effort to get better – and more consistent – sleep.

The Eclectic Soul is growing and expanding in ways that are beyond exciting for me. I can’t wait to tell you more about the changes in a future blog post. I think you’ll be excited about them, too!

I recently told my father-in-law that owning a small business is an exercise in personal growth & development. The changes I have planned for TES will demand that I become more disciplined and devoted to my goals, as well as improving my time management skills and writing habits, and becoming more comfortable in my own skin.

My goals – both for TES and for my own life – are big. Really BIG. Someone asked me if I was afraid of not meeting these goals; am I deliberately setting myself up for failure?

I don’t think setting goals and not meeting them is actually a failure. Rather, I think of it as stretching myself as far as I can, knowing that stretching now will help me meet my goals in the future. And look at it this way: If I really want ten apples and I work hard to get them. I’ll probably get ten apples, maybe even 11. But what if I decide to work really hard to get 20 apples? I may very well “fail” at that quest. But what if, in my failure to meet my 20-apple goal, I only get 15? That would be an awesome win!

Stretching kitty reminds me of stretch goals

I also consider this stretching to be part of the personal growth & development I mentioned earlier; this growth is super important to me. I find that working hard to excel in business helps me excel in the rest of my life, especially my spiritual life (which I consider my core). That may be contrary to what a lot of people would think – it’s actually contrary to what I thought a few years ago! – but increasing my discipline to do my work also increases my discipline for my spiritual studies, for example; finding ways to improve my customer service helps me see the inherent worthiness of all my fellow humans.

I’d call that another win!

What are some of your goals for 2018? How do you feel about setting big goals that you may not meet? I’d love to hear from you!

I hope you have a wonderful year and that your every wish comes true.

Happy New Year!

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