Today I decided that it is time to start over. I am writing a new blog post today, although I haven’t written a in about 18 months, and haven’t written consistently in well over 2 years. All despite writing daily for almost 4 years prior to that.
I also get the chance to start over at work. I recently resigned from my old law firm last week, and I’m about to walk out my front door to start a new job in less than one hour (I’ll post on my new role separately).
Sometimes, fresh starts are just what we need. A chance to try something else, to reinvent yourself, to start working on something new.
But fresh starts don’t always have to be big. Every day with a colleague, a friend, a spouse, a customer… it can be like starting over as well. Think about it — it never helps to hold grudges or to focus too much on yesterday’s successes. It’s better to start the day with new goals, new ideas, and new energies spent delighting those most important to you.
It was true in the NBA conference finals. The OKC Thunder were up 3 to 1, but just lost the series to the Golden State Warriors who started each following game like it was a new series.
It’s also true in our workouts — yesterday’s 6 minute mile pace has no bearing on how fast we’ll run today; whether or not we held handstand at yoga yesterday has little impact on if we can hold it today. You have to come out, be present and focus all over again.
If you are in a situation where you can’t get a new start … you might think about whether or not the situation is a good fit for you. In the end, a chance to start over is always a chance to work toward something great.
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