As the new year approaches and the football season winds down I find myself thinking about "what next".  I ask this of myself as it affects the months to come, the weeks to come and even every day.  Usually, especially in the fall, I have some sort of game to look forward to, be it as a Replay Official or a grader of NFL games.  My Replay season is over and there are only a few games in the NFL Season left to grade.


Without the structure of a "job" it is critical for me to plan my days or I will find myself just vegetating away.  It is necessary to plan and set goals for myself in every aspect of life.  Physical, so I don't balloon up.  Mental, as I create challenges for myself to stay sharp mentally. Financially, so I can pay bills and not worry about denying myself.  Emotionally, so I always approach each day in a positive mood. Socially to enjoy those around me.


The thought occurred to me my situation is no different than anyone else.  Others can get lulled to sleep as their daily job provides structure and walls to live within.  I don't have walls and my structure must come from self discipline.  If we all self-disciplined ourselves within the structure of the job I am convinced more would find both success and happiness.  


Have or create a purpose for every day.  Goals and or planning will enable one to get excited every morning they wake up.  Attack the day with positive enthusiasm and vigor.  Good luck in 2018.


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