The Old and The New Year

As we start a new year many will reflect on what happened over the last year.  Many will look at goals set and achieved and/or ones that are still being worked on.  It is also a great time to set goals that you will work towards in 2013.

I encourage you to not just do this once a year.  Try to do this throughout the year.  Everyday is a New Year. Many things may change and take you away from your original goals.  Evaluate if you need to get back on track towards that goal or if your new path is the best choice.  Sometimes things come up and your orignal goal may no longer be a priority.

As a trainer, I encourage all of my clients to set fitness goals when we start a program.  I like having them set tangible goals like running in a 5K, mud run, or some other kind of competition.  Goals of weight loss are great as well, but I feel if you are training for an event you will achieve the weight loss.  Afterall, most athletes don’t train for just weight loss.  They train to win.  Keeping weight off happens when they train hard and eat with proper nutrition.

So what does that mean for setting non-fitness goals?  As you are working towards your main goals many other great things may happen along the way.  So many unexpected achievements and events can occur that you have never even thought could happen.  Some may inspire new goals in your life.  Some will cause you to look at goals you have set and you may realize that it was not really a great goal to have.

Goals can be set for different parts of your life.  In all of these you may have things happen that you do not expect.  For example, a goal of mine for 2012 was to open a fitness facility.  I did so this past year with two great partners.  A lot has happened since that goal was achieved.  Many were unexpected things.

With the start of the gym came some trouble at home.  2012 was not all good.  I do not think any year is all good for anyone.  Life itself is a  roller coaster.  There were many miscommunications at home.  I was being selfish and I was in denial.  Starting a business without complete consent from my partner at home was the pinnacle of my selfishness.  It came to a head in July.

It was almost the end, but then something happened.  Through my friend and business partner, God stepped in.  Since that point I have started a better relationship at home with my wife and my daughter.  This was not a goal of 2012 when the year started.  Neither was starting a relationship with God.  These were things that happened while I was on the path towards other goals.  These were things that happened and caused me to evaluate the goals I had and helped me set new ones for this year.

I would like to share my goals for 2013 others.  I encourage you to set goals and make choices and not resolutions.  After they are set I encourage you to share them worth others.  This way you can be held accountable.  This is why I am sharing them with you.  I will revisit these goals every three months.  I ask if you all will keep me on task.

Goals for 2013.

  • listen for the Lord.
  • continue to strive toward being the best father and husband I can.
  • continue to grow United Strength Academy and take another space in the building we rent out.
  • get to a better financial standing.
  • inspire people to be better and love.
  • be patient with everything and everyone.
  • trust the Lord and grow closer to Him.
  • write a book (topic suggestions welcome)
  • Keep moving forward.

Please hold me accountable. I will do the same for you.

What are some of your goals? Please share below.

Thanks for following the blog for the last few months.

May God bless you everyday in 2013.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Romans 8:37


  1. Rosanne Tully · December 31, 2012

    Daryl, Best in 2013 and hope your goals can be accomplished…and also the realization and acceptance that some of those goals may not be achieved or may be harder to achieve then you think. I have not really taken the time to think of goals for 2013 until reading your blog….I should be but the holiday month was so busy..have not really taken the time to think about what I should strive for. I hope I can continue to be dedicated to my work out routine with USA…it is tough sometimes to get there when we get caught up with day to day life….but so far, for the end of 2012, I have stayed on task. One of my goals is to teach my mind to stay positive…not to worry about so many things, to value all that I have and not compare myself to others or desire materialistic things that really do not matter. I need to focus on the positive, my hubby, family and friends. I need to wake up every day and feel that each day is a blessing – which is not always easy for sure. Improve my memory….I often feel that my memory is not good, names, places and what I am doing at times…slowing down, slowing down…not always rushing..letting my mind rest, not be thinking, evaluating, and worrying about things that do not need to be worried about. Peace of mind….I have so much to be thankful for and appreciative of…I need to keep that focus….well, that is all for now. I wish you the best with your goals. yolo!

    • wearemorethanconquerors837 · January 1, 2013

      Thanks for your comment RT. I know my goals will be hard to achieve. If they weren’t they probably wouldn’t be worth going after. I am confident you will do what you set out to do. As far as the memory just keep your brain strong by reading and learning. I find that studying is a great thing to do. Study things you wanted to learn for some time. Then tell people about them. That will help memory.

      It was great meeting your family.

      See you soon at

      • beth415 · January 1, 2013

        In 2013 I choose to fill my heart, soul, body, mind and communications with things that are positive, constructive and nourishing in order to leave little room for the dark, destructive distractions that will lead me no where that I want to go.

      • wearemorethanconquerors837 · January 2, 2013

        Well put Beth! Stay away from the dark. You are not alone in this struggle. We will help each other.

  2. Danielle Gladysz · January 1, 2013

    I will remind you! 🙂

    Goals for 2013:
    *continue the work I started in 2012 by keeping my 5:15 am committment going strong, participating in the 12 week challenge which I already signed up for, and logging my eating

    *take deep breaths when I am stressed so I don’t use my “cranky” voice with my loved ones and friends

    *continue to organize space by space in my home to reduce clutter therefore helping my mind stay clear

    *participate in my first mud run in July

    *complete a 5k in under 40 minutes

    *get back to writing my lesson plans piece by piece each morning a week ahead of time

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