365 Opportunities Left

New Year’s resolutions are fascinating. It’s the one time in the year when people consider making sweeping changes in their lives.

But January 1st — it’s just another day.

The real changes are happening to you slowly — gradually, all 365 days of the year. Not just one.

Today marks my second year working for myself. Let me tell you, it’s not always easy. But it gets better.

You learn a little more each day, you refine your process and workflow a little more each day.

Eventually, you’re better than you were before, and you can’t point to a particular time when it happened, when you leveled up. Because you&#re leveling up every day you hang in there and keep working at your business.

I’ve been really blessed to have a partner in crime who helps me stay resolved and encouraged. Oftentimes I do the same for her. 2014 was the year of us encouraging each other until we internalized our resolve and confidence. We still were full of doubt and fear in 2013, but we each turned significant corners this past year.

My fiancé is launching her own business in 2015. She’s pursuing a dream she put on hold for many years, and that many times, she felt she could never get back to. A work injury two years ago made her question her future, as she still deals with lingering pain.

But every day this year, she was determined to re-learn the craft of stained glass. She made use of all 365 days this past year. If she was in too much pain to work, she read books all day, absorbing knowledge from more experienced craftspeople. She talked to local glassworkers and asked them questions.

She made every day count.

One year ago, we each battled our own self-doubts. But we showed up to do the work every day, no excuses.

Today, those doubts still show up, but they are always easily dismissed. This is why it’s so important to use the time you have, and not procrastinate.

Actually doing what you said you wanted to do tells the Universe that you’re not fucking around. And it responds.

You have 365 opportunities left in 2015 to do some damage. Are you in? Or are you just lip-synching to your internal resolution soundtrack?

You decide anew every day.