Happy New Year my fellow leaders!!!! 🙂

I missed you!

As we get back to the grind after the holiday season some of us have made great strides towards our New Year’s Resolution and some of us have already given up. According to Statisticbrain.com already 25% of us have given up in the first week. Hopefully that is not you.

I was fortunate enough to ring in 2016 at my brother’s wedding this year. It was one of the happiest days of my life. It was such an honor to be the best man and be a part such a special night with so many amazing people. When I woke up the morning of January 1st, 2016 I had made it my goal to get up early every day, exercise daily, and go for a walk with my wife and our dog each morning (Quality time with the wifey = A happy 2016). So far, I’m waking up early at 4:30 AM, but finding it difficult to make time to work out and have yet to go on a walk with Erica (That changes today!). Even now as I’m writing this it is 5:32 AM and I technically should be excercising. Uh oh!

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The reality is that life isn’t perfect. As many times as I make the “perfect” routine and schedule for my day it still tends to get off track when things come up regardless of how hard I planned. It is something we all cannot avoid. The unpredictability of life is going to get in the way of your new years resolution. I guarantee it! However, we need to make sure we’re not getting in our OWN way as well. Life will be messy; however, we need to stick to what is going to make us happy in 2016. It’s worth it!

The book I’m currently reading is The Happiness Hypothesis. I highly recommend it if you want to be happy in 2016, because it will help you understand HOW we as humans achieve happiness in our lives. There are all kinds of research and studies that he references; however, one that stuck out to me was when he explained that our actual achievements make us happy for only a short period of time. For example, if we accomplish a goal it excites us; however, that excitement is short lived and we return to our “base level” of happiness that we are used to. The part that actually makes us happy is the actual process of getting there. It truly is the journey of success that makes us happy not necessarily the arrival.

I found myself reading this at a time when my stress levels were reaching their peak. I have a natural instinct to internalize my stress. It builds and builds until it starts to negatively impact me. A big reason for this is because I’ve always been so focused on the goal itself and never seemed to appreciate my efforts while they were happening. This was a much needed wake up call for me to stop and smell the roses.

My challenge to you my fellow leaders is two fold…

  1. Stay engaged and motivated towards your 2016 goal(s). Life is going to get in the way so roll with the punches.
  2. Stop and enjoy the moment and the efforts of labor. Happiness is not a far off destination it is actually the moment we are living right now.

To check your current and future happiness levels go to www.authentichappiness.org. They have some great exercises and tests to gauge your happiness levels. Really great stuff!

My hope is that 2016 is filled with all that you wish to accomplish! I look forward to you enjoying each day getting there as well. Don’t worry, be happy!

With your goals in mind,

James R. Schleicher