So everyone has just finished celebrating the holidays and the new year. And just like every new year, many will look at their lives and set new goals, dreams new dreams, and decide what they want to try to make different or better in coming year. Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I really do think everyone would benefit tremendously by looking at their lives, and deciding on what they want to accomplish in the coming years, and what they want their lives to look like. However I do have two problems with the process of New Year’s resolutions. The simplest problem is, I think, people need to sincerely look at their goals and evaluate their progress a lot more frequently than just once a year. Most everything of significant importance in our lives is evaluated on a regular basis. I would suggest your direction and goals for your life should be treated the same. The second challenge, I think, is that people set a goal, and then they skip the most important step...WORK! I’m all for setting big and exciting goals. I love people who dream big dreams. And I even get excited for people who set such goals, even when they’re not exactly certain HOW they’re going to make it happen! But I cannot waste my time with people who state they want to accomplish something great, and they never get past the talking stage. You’ll notice when we talk to students about goal setting, we explain that a goal is something you want, and you’re willing to WORK for it. Even Walt Disney, the great dreamer himself said “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” We explain that if you’re not willing to work for it, it’s not a goal, it’s a wish. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are plenty of things in your life that you might like to have happen, but simply don’t have time for. Setting priorities is a part of every life. But if it’s not a priority worthy of investing time in, it shouldn’t be a goal. This spring we are going to have the biggest group of black belt graduates we have ever had in the 17 year history of this school. I’m so proud of them, of anyone who set a goal and is willing to invest time and really work to accomplish a thing. I hope you are able to come out and celebrate their hard work when the time comes at the May graduation. And I hope that you take some time this New Year to think about what you’d like to accomplish in this year and the coming (and don’t be afraid to dream big!) and then go out and work for it! If we can help you work towards and accomplish your goals, let us know!