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If you bring an old mind into a new year you’re likely to be disappointed.

The most ironic part about life is the more I chased comfort, the more discomfort I experienced.

Regardless of your intent, life is always going to present problems. The highest achievers among us seek to negotiate current difficulties for future accomplishments. In that process, resistance is inevitable. If you allow that resistance to own you, then life will continue to bring you more discomfort without the benefit of growth.

In 2016 I sought to change my mind; to evaluate my self-limiting beliefs, acknowledge them, then completely ignore their existence.

I didn’t believe I was capable of traveling to a foreign country alone without speaking the language…so I booked a trip to Peru to trek the Peruvian Andes and High Jungle.

I didn’t think I was capable of learning web development…so I left my job, my hometown, and took a chance on myself to learn it.

I didn’t think I was capable of becoming an IT manager, until I applied, accepted the interview, showed up, and was awarded the position.

2016 will forever be a memorable year for me: The year I split time in two.

Who I was before, and after.

2017 is just hours away here in the States, and as it approaches I implore you to alter or eradicate the old routines, beliefs, and self-talk that have prevented you from reaching your goals in the past.

Your past self doesn’t exist any more. That person is gone; it’s who you were, not who you are, or who you are destined to be.

2017 is a new year, and if you bring your old mind with it, disappointment awaits.

Nothing I do or say can truly change your mind. I don’t have that power, nor does anyone else.

You control your mind and your future; not me; not the government; not your boss; it’s all on you.

But as 2017 approaches, I can say this: If nobody else believes in you, then let me be the first to say that I do. I believe in you because it is my personal opinion that I am not special. What I have done and what I am currently doing is not unique. You too can alter your life in fantastical ways.

What one person can do, another can do.

I am most certainly not saying to follow in my footsteps; no, no. I am saying to create your own path; venture wherever it is you want to go.

Life can be a beautiful tapestry as we weave through our lives, or it can forever remain an empty canvas.

The choice is yours. As for me? I’m on the verge of great things…because I demand a better future for myself.

I am a decision, and so are you.