2017 — Bring It On

Annie Spratt
Annie Spratt

Let’s just sit down for a while and take a moment to look back at the things that happened in 2016.

Some people will remember it as one of the greatest years they’ve ever had. Others will say “far from it”. One of the worst perhaps. But no matter how your past year turned out to be, one thing’s for sure. There’s a new horizon waiting for us. A new beginning and a new chapter waiting to unfold and that is the year 2017.

It’s that time again where the calendar gets flipped and we get another shot at life. A refreshing start if you will because it’s more than just adding another year in our lives, it’s another opportunity to live the life we want. And I would be more than happy to kick-start your year with a dose of motivation and inspiration because let’s face it sunshine, this will be one heck of a ride.

Forget about the past year, but bring the lessons you’ve learned with you. These are the things worth remembering and this will be your beacon throughout your journey in 2017. Let this be the year you finally break out of your shell and start spreading your wings. I know things weren’t easy last year, but I guarantee you it won’t get any easier.

My question is, are you willing to put in the work to make this year go down in the history books as one of your best? Or will you let this one go to waste again by just “letting things happen” instead of “making things happen”? How bad do you want this?

Let me fuel that inner desire by saying this. No matter how good you are, there’s always someone better. No matter how strong you think you are, there’s always someone stronger. No matter how bad you want it, someone’s going to want it more than you do. Some of them will be breathing down your fucking neck and will try to take what you’ve got. And if you’re not willing to come face to face and stare them down, then you better pack it up sunshine because this ain’t for you.

Start taking risks, calculated risks. You’ve ever heard that life is a game? Yes it is but we’re not going to play ‘Normal’ difficulty here. We’re gonna fucking play the ‘Legendary’ mode because that’s what we aim to be. We will always be faced with tough decisions and hardships, but how we handle these adversities is what we will become in the end.

There’s always going to be the easy way in and out. But take the route that’s going to make it that much more meaningful because what is your success anyway if you’ve got nothing to show for, right? We won’t look for excuses. We’ll fight, scrape and claw for what we deserve. If you’re on a mission and you have an ambition to be the best you can be, you bet this shit won’t be easy.

That way you can tell everyone how you became the person you are today, humbled by the hardships and sharpened by the blood, sweat and tears you’ve poured into making it happen without ever being boastful and arrogant about your achievements in life. Keep your ambitions high, but your feet on the ground. What’s meaningful and valuable never comes easy. Your story will be remembered by thousands as the one who was determined to live a life full of meaning and not just mere nonsense.

I’m writing this for you as much as I’m writing this for myself. Because after all, we’re all just human beings full of blind faith and ambition until we finally live the moments in live we’ve been dreaming of all along.

So let’s make this a year worth remembering and take this challenge upon ourselves because that’s how it’s supposed to be. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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