In all cases, my goal for 2017 is singular.
It will be my mission to “think first” in all aspects of my life.
If the kids do something I don’t like, I will think first before getting upset and yelling.
If my wife and I argue, I will think first before escalating and work to resolve first.
If presented with unhealthy food options, I will think first before inhaling them.
If I feel like skipping the gym, I will think first and ponder what the lack of exercise will do to me.
If I find myself buying something mindlessly and without purpose I will think first.
You get the idea.
Something that I used to be really proud of was an ability to make fast decisions based upon any information I had at the time. As I get older I realize that gathering more information and making even better decisions is more desirable. By simplifying my mission for 2017 and being more thoughtful and deliberate with a “think first” mantra I hope to have healthier relationships, more effective decisions, and a happier year ahead.