Libertyinspectiongroup.com 610.717.3082 JANUARY 2018
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TO LOOK FORWARD TO
T he new year is the perfect time to step back for a minute, take stock of everything we’ve accomplished in 2017, and decide what we’d like to make happen in the coming year. Personally, I set up an annual vision board, a practice I’ve managed to spread throughout my entire family.
ACL a couple years back, I’ve struggled to restore my old health habits. And while I’m far from obese or suffering with pain, I’m determined to put my feet to the pavement and get back in shape. If the business lets me, I’m going to be running five days a week all through 2018. But perhaps the most important event that’ll be happening this month is the mission trip I’m embarking on with my 13-year-old daughter to the Dominican Republic. Organized through our church, it’ll be a week or so of painting playgrounds, installing water lines, and making ourselves useful. I hope it’ll be a powerful experience for her and will start a tradition I’ll be able to keep with my two younger kids. Overall, I see plenty to look forward to in 2018. Between expanding the business, a little self-improvement, and some meaningful trips with my family, I think this could shape up to be one of the best years yet. –Chris Earley If you force yourself to think about a goal even a little bit more, you’re that much closer to taking the steps you need to achieve it."
Starting the day after Christmas, my wife, kids, and I start to decide what exactly we hope for in the following 365 days. Then, we print out a few pictures that represent those goals and desires and pin them on our respective boards. The key to the process is the visual element. When you have these tangible reminders of the things you hoped to acquire or achieve, it keeps you focused and driven towards realizing that endpoint. It just makes sense. If you force yourself to think about a goal even a little bit more, you’re that much closer to taking the steps you need to achieve it. Of course, my 7-year-old probably lacks the foresight to really understand setting and meeting goals, but it’s cool to see her and my other daughters start to connect the dots. One year ago, they were just cutting out a picture and pinning it on a board. But when we take a moment to reflect on what we actually did during that year, they often realize they did turn at least a few of those visions into reality. My board last year was mostly tangible stuff — replacing our old ratty kitchen appliances, finally finishing our basement, and other nagging concerns. But when I took a closer look at the board a couple weeks ago, I was happy to see pretty much all my goals had been checked off. It’s amazing how real a goal becomes when you actually put it into a physical medium, whether that’s a pinned-up picture or a sentence written in a journal.
As for 2018, my main goal is the same as everybody else’s — to get healthy. For most of my life, I’ve been a runner by nature. Ever since I had surgery on my
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