The New Year brings  much excitement thinking about what can be accomplished in the year ahead.  But you can’t move forward without knowing where you have been.  You need to know your history, otherwise you will be doomed to repeat it.

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It’s easy to get lost in the monotony of the daily grind.  Sometimes it can feel like we are spinning our wheels and nothing is getting done.

Life is like painting. Up close all you see are the messy brush strokes, but if you take a few steps back the picture’s beauty and message become clear.

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The New Year is a perfect time to take a step back and look at the past year.  It helps us to see our success and failures to determine if things are going in the right direction.

Think of the past year as a roller coaster ride.  There are ups and downs and loops and at some point you get your picture taken making some silly scared face.

Reflecting, whether it be a blog post, or a collage, or in your head is that silly faced photo that ends up on your fridge.

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Here is my silly faced photo of what my past year has looked like:

  • Started the year doing one of the hardest things I had to do and part ways with one of our family members.  We all miss you Boomer
  • Put my big boy pants on and moved out of my parent’s house and in with my girlfriend
  • Witnessed the Eagles draft our future franchise QB in Carson Wentz (Super Bowl!?).
  • Celebrated the marriage of one of my best friends
  • Started a restaurant job to that forced me to learn how to interact with people and learn the difference between providing a service and delivering hospitality
  • Went out on my own and started my own concierge training business
  • Helped my clients get their lives back by developing sustainable strength to help them alleviate pain/become fitter
  • Went back to school to study Physical Therapy
  • Started playing rugby with the Fairfield Yankees where I made a bunch of new friends….and survived rookie night

Not to brag (ok maybe just a little), but it looks like I have had a pretty amazing and eventful year.  And I look forward to another year just like it (minus losing a beloved pet).

I hope your past year has been amazing as well.  If it wasn’t as amazing as you had hoped then use it as a catalyst for change in the new year.

Remember you can’t enjoy the success with out struggle.  The negatives provide you with the feedback to change your course.  For me to have a successful year I had to face adversity.

Facing adversity it what forces us change to succeed.  Toughing it out through adversity is why the payoff  of success is so sweet.

Going back to looking at the painting; It’s not the artist’s skill that makes art beautiful. Actually it is their imperfections and unique view of their environment that we find captivating.

The New Year offers the feeling of new beginnings and change.  I challenge you to reflect before you move forward.  I don’t want you to end up lost out there because you keep making the same wrong turns repeatedly.  I want to see you reach your destination.

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We want to hear from YOU!  Share your reflections in the comments section below.  Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s a happy and healthy one.

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Steve is a NASM CPT and Crossfit Level 1 fitness coach who has a passion for building strength. He views strength building as the ultimate tool for weight loss, performance training, and rehab/prehab for injuries. Steve runs his own concierge training service and is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.  You contact Steve at sjgsports@gmail.com with any questions or comments you might have.
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