Hello 2017… into the New Year

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!!!

The celebrations happen annually on December 31, of any given year, people around the world celebrating the end of the last year and ringing in the new year. They review their previous year, what they were involved in? What they brought to the table? How they built a good year or how they had bad year? They look at themselves in the mirror against themselves. They make resolutions of how-to make the world a better place in the upcoming year?

This morning, I sat contemplating those exact same questions and wondered “why do people want to ‘resolve’ things that they failed to accomplish the year before?” Why don’t they want to challenge themselves? A challenge is something to strive for. It is something which will be addressed, an ambition, an intention, something to target in the new year.

Is a resolution?

Resolution 2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action,method, procedure, etc. 4. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolutefirmness of purpose

Challenge 1. a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc. 2. something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle,contest, special effort, etc. 5. difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it.

Resolution vs Challenge 

To this author, a resolution is something which you have not resolved and believe you can do so. And a challenge is a situation which a person must overcome, or overtake in order to be successful.

This is why, I have decided starting in 2017, that all “resolutions” are now called Challenges.

For the upcoming year, I have drafted a list of challenges both Personal and Career.


  1. Workout 3-times per week for 30-days then increase to 5-times per week
  2. Eat only a vegetarian-vegan diet
  3. Save money for investing and a down payment on the future
  4. Pay off the automobile, fix the automobile, sell the automobile
  5. Sell any unwanted items around the house


  1. Read, and Study the PMBOK (Project Management Book of Knowledge)
  2. Take the PMBOK test for a PMP (Project Management Professional Designation)
  3. Complete working 5-years at the current employer
  4. Complete working 5-years as a Project Manager
  5. Begin taking Construction Management Courses
  6. Join PMI Alberta Northern Chapter, and participate in events to build a professional network

On both lists Personal and Career, are items which were part of 2016, which were not completed and therefore are moved into this years Challenges. A new plan will be drafted on how-to accomplish these tasks. Such as Item # 2 in the Career list. In order to attempt to take the PMP test, there must be a period of studying the PMBOK. A weekly study schedule of the materials must be written and followed in order to achieve this goal.

Weekly Goals must be Established

  • Read chapter 1 the week of January 8
  • Have this chapter memorized by the week of January 28
  • Read chapter 2 the week of January 15
  • Have this chapters key points memorized by the week of February

A date of when you will be ready to take the test must be determined

  • Test to be take week of April 3 

Once you have a schedule written, make sure you place this schedule in a high visible area within your home. I tend to hang mine on the front door. This way I see it everyday as I leave the house. It’s an open reminder of how-to plan for the week. And I can mark it off with a check-mark after each item is accomplished. Also this “in your face list” will keep your goals “real” and allow you to make adjustments as you see fit.

Plus it encourages others to ask questions about how I am doing? Whether I am staying on track with my challenges? And as they say at the gym, its always better to lift with a partner as they can help offload some of the weight, give you encouragement when you are having a bad day and keep you motivated on accomplishing your goals.

Whether you decide to resolve the items you did not complete last year, or make this year full of challenges, I hope you have an awe-inspiring 2017 and that you work hard to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself this year.