Your Slate Has Been Wiped Clean

Jim Luff
Posted on January 4, 2017

What's on your slate for 2017? (Creative Commons image via Pixabay)
What's on your slate for 2017? (Creative Commons image via Pixabay)
From cleaning out filing cabinets to setting personal resolutions, a new year is the time to implement new systems or procedures, start diets, quit smoking, and make other lifestyle changes.

A new year presents us with a new found freedom. A whole new horizon to create new memories, start new traditions, and establish goals for the year that hopefully leave us in a better place at the end of it.

Of course, all of these things could be done on any day of the year. We could start a new diet on any given Monday. You could quit smoking tomorrow if you really wanted to. But Jan. 1 is always viewed as a logical beginning. Seize the moment or at least the date and vow to make some positive changes in your personal and professional life.

From spending more time with your kids to getting involved in community charity, the horizon is wide. It is filled with opportunity. Literally, the sky is the limit. Your goals can be as big as your dreams, or your dreams as big as your goals. Either way, let’s embrace it.

If you want to add a new vehicle to your fleet before the end of the year, open a savings account today and start depositing money weekly or monthly for the down payment. Give your company a Christmas present in 2017. It doesn’t matter if you buy the vehicle on Dec. 31, it will still count toward accomplishing a goal you set for yourself at the start of the year. Accomplishing a goal feels terrific.

If you have someone working for you who you know is a cancer to your organization, buckle down today and give them the boot. You just might be doing them (and yourself) the biggest favor ever so they can move on to something they enjoy and excel in rather than coming to work hating their job every day.

Get a head start on those taxes and start preparing now. Why wait until April 15 to complete them? If there is a chance you are getting a refund, the sooner you get it filed, the sooner you will get that refund and be able to enjoy it.

A new year is always a time to do some practical housecleaning, too. Empty out your entire refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Give those areas a good thorough cleaning. Check the expiration dates and toss out the expired stuff. If you haven’t touched it, needed it, or used it for the last year, toss it out! Clean out your closet. If you haven’t wore it in the last year, donate it to Goodwill or an agency that will find a good home for clothes you no longer wear. Look around the house for other items collecting dust and serving no value and donate them to charity as well.

It’s your very own personal clean slate today. At the end of 2017, you should enjoy what has been written on your slate, the goals you have accomplished, the success you have enjoyed, and the fruits of your labor. Happy New Year friends!

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