It’s a New Year – time for new ideas, new aspirations, and new beginnings. On January 1st we get to put the “reset” button within our own minds and suddenly, we feel that we can accomplish anything BECAUSE it’s a new year. We tell ourselves we can conquer it all; quit smoking, lose weight, travel the world, start a company, write a book. It’s almost like a day on a calender causes us to have this inner-revelation that we are actually capable of controlling our own life – that we do have the power to make things happen.

So instead of turning this into a “you should make every day new years day” post – let’s roll with the idea that January 1st is your gateway to new beginnings. It’s 2010 (well, almost), and I’m here to tell you that this year, you can and will accomplish anything you set out to do.

But before you start carrying out any of your resolutions – before you start working on turning that keg you’ve been carrying around into a six pack, or start writing chapter one of your memoirs, I want you to walk away with one minor, but very important detail.

Life – in the middle of everything you may be trying to accomplish – is about living. And the best way to live is to wake up every morning with a smile on your face.

If you’re not happy with whatever you’re doing – don’t even bother to ask yourself “why” – just stop doing it, or start doing it with a different attitude. If you’re working a dead-end retail job to pursue your dream as a singer – don’t go into work every day with a shitty attitude – instead, go into work with the full acceptance that EVERYTHING, even your mid-shift at Best Buy, is a step toward realizing your dreams.

Having the “my _____ (job, life, relationship) sucks” attitude is such a waste of time. If something really sucks that much, stop complaining and start doing - figure out a way to make things better – find a new job, make more time for yourself, end your loveless relationship and find someone who inspires you to be at your best every day. Do whatever it takes to get yourself out of the rut you’re in and start making things happen. Because at the end of the day, you don’t need Matt from Life Without Pants – I might be able to put what you’ve been thinking into perspective – maybe I can give you a nudge in the right direction – but the only way anything will ever happen is if you believe in yourself enough to “make it so” (channeling my inner Captain Picard).

Don’t let anyone trick you into thinking that your dream’s can be achieved overnight. It’s bullshit and anyone telling you otherwise is kidding themselves. But instead of thinking about a dream as a final destination, start thinking about living the dream every single day, because that’s exactly what each and every one of us are doing. If you’re reading this, you have an advantage. You have the upper hand and have been given gifts and talents that allow you to take control. Live every minute of this waking dream we call “life” (which, by the way, will pass you by before you know it) with the understanding that you are capable of anything – and before anything else, make sure you’re having fun. Life is a gift, and just like that XBOX you unwrapped on Christmas morning, it’s meant to be enjoyed.

When life IS YOUR DREAM – you can wake up every morning with a smile on your face. And if you are waking up every morning with a smile on your face – isn’t that all that matters? Life is too short for drama, it’s too short for surrounding yourself with negativity, or saying “I cant” – Life is about waking up with that smile and knowing that today is going to be an even better day than yesterday – because YOU have the ability to make it better – YOU hold the reigns – YOU are in the drivers seat of your own life.

Now get out there and kick 2010′s ass! Sweep the leg Johnny!

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  1. Love this post- such a great attitude to have for the start of the New Year!

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    • Thanks Sheema. Let’s face it, New Years day marks a time for new beginnings, no sense in fighting it. Good luck to you in 2010!

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      • With new beginnings come new goals – with new goals you hopefully find yourself some new accomplishments. The most important thing to remember for me is exactly what you said – “you can and will accomplish anything you set out to do.” – That is the best mindset you can go into any year, decade or task with. If that is your mindset the sky isn’t the limit – your shooting for the stars.

        Great post Matt! Extremely inspiring..

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  2. Love this post- such a great attitude to have for the start of the New Year!

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    • Thanks Sheema. Let’s face it, New Years day marks a time for new beginnings, no sense in fighting it. Good luck to you in 2010!

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      • With new beginnings come new goals – with new goals you hopefully find yourself some new accomplishments. The most important thing to remember for me is exactly what you said – “you can and will accomplish anything you set out to do.” – That is the best mindset you can go into any year, decade or task with. If that is your mindset the sky isn’t the limit – your shooting for the stars.

        Great post Matt! Extremely inspiring..

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  3. This is another great post Matt! Your words are truly inspiring. I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions, but you’ve just inspired me to make a list of things I’d like to do or achieve in 2010. Of course, a lot of that will be to further myself professionally, but I have to say that first on the list is skydiving!

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  4. This is another great post Matt! Your words are truly inspiring. I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions, but you’ve just inspired me to make a list of things I’d like to do or achieve in 2010. Of course, a lot of that will be to further myself professionally, but I have to say that first on the list is skydiving!

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  5. I’ll preface this by saying that I know bloggers hate these type of comments:

    This post is just the kick in the pants I needed today.

    Thanks Matt.

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    • Haha, a “good post” comment here and there is always accepted and appreciated. Everything doesn’t have to be up for discussion – sometimes the best posts are absorbed with a nod and a smile. Cheers to you buddy and Happy New Year!

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  6. I’ll preface this by saying that I know bloggers hate these type of comments:

    This post is just the kick in the pants I needed today.

    Thanks Matt.

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    • Haha, a “good post” comment here and there is always accepted and appreciated. Everything doesn’t have to be up for discussion – sometimes the best posts are absorbed with a nod and a smile. Cheers to you buddy and Happy New Year!

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  7. Matt,
    Real yet inspiring. Dreamland yet reality. Respect. When I read and come across anything that you write, I respect it. Your word. Your take on life. Your take on careers. You have a truism to your writing that isn’t the bullshit “4-hour workweek story.” When you have a valuable word that can help others then you’re set and with that you do my friend.

    Keep doing good in 2010 and I have never been more excited to kick ass and bring on a new year. I can honestly say it is because of the people I have connected with over the past few months and it gets more inspiring everyday.

    Keep on doing good…

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    • Thanks man – your comment here and support means a lot. I like to think I’m an idealist, but I’m also a realist and know this stuff doesn’t happen overnight. This blogging scene is both a blessing and a curse – on one hand – we are constantly inspired and motivated by one another – on the other, there are some people who put things so far out of perspective and say “if you aren’t doing this, you’re failing” – I like to fall somewhere in the middle – motivating myself and hopefully in turn other people to do more and take control of their lives – whatever that means to YOU.

      Appreciate the feedback Shane. Happy New Year!

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  8. Matt,
    Real yet inspiring. Dreamland yet reality. Respect. When I read and come across anything that you write, I respect it. Your word. Your take on life. Your take on careers. You have a truism to your writing that isn’t the bullshit “4-hour workweek story.” When you have a valuable word that can help others then you’re set and with that you do my friend.

    Keep doing good in 2010 and I have never been more excited to kick ass and bring on a new year. I can honestly say it is because of the people I have connected with over the past few months and it gets more inspiring everyday.

    Keep on doing good…

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    • Thanks man – your comment here and support means a lot. I like to think I’m an idealist, but I’m also a realist and know this stuff doesn’t happen overnight. This blogging scene is both a blessing and a curse – on one hand – we are constantly inspired and motivated by one another – on the other, there are some people who put things so far out of perspective and say “if you aren’t doing this, you’re failing” – I like to fall somewhere in the middle – motivating myself and hopefully in turn other people to do more and take control of their lives – whatever that means to YOU.

      Appreciate the feedback Shane. Happy New Year!

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  9. I’d already been thinking ahead with the New Year a little, but this post for whatever reason got me really excited to kick some major tail this year. I know you have big things ahead for you, I’m just trying to keep up :)

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    • Haha trying to keep up to me man? Come on, you are doing great things as well, we all are. This isn’t a competition – in fact – it’s very much a collaborative effort in giving each other a kick in the ass to stay motivated and inspired. If you’re not being challenged and learning, you’re not getting the most out of life.

      Happy New Year buddy!

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  10. I’d already been thinking ahead with the New Year a little, but this post for whatever reason got me really excited to kick some major tail this year. I know you have big things ahead for you, I’m just trying to keep up :)

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    • Haha trying to keep up to me man? Come on, you are doing great things as well, we all are. This isn’t a competition – in fact – it’s very much a collaborative effort in giving each other a kick in the ass to stay motivated and inspired. If you’re not being challenged and learning, you’re not getting the most out of life.

      Happy New Year buddy!

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  11. Great advice Matt, and beautifully expressed as always. A new year can mean a fresh start, and some people need that milestone as motivation. The important thing to remember is that we can all set goals and make resolutions, but the key is living the dream every day (as you put it) and actually taking action to make those dreams a reality. We have to put ourselves first. All the best in 2010!

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    • I think we often get so caught up in these BIG dreams and goals we have for ourselves that we forget that it’s OK to just appreciate the day-to-day. Being happy and content with where you are IS OK, if you are in fact happy and content – you know? Happy New Year to you Sam!

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  12. Great advice Matt, and beautifully expressed as always. A new year can mean a fresh start, and some people need that milestone as motivation. The important thing to remember is that we can all set goals and make resolutions, but the key is living the dream every day (as you put it) and actually taking action to make those dreams a reality. We have to put ourselves first. All the best in 2010!

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    • I think we often get so caught up in these BIG dreams and goals we have for ourselves that we forget that it’s OK to just appreciate the day-to-day. Being happy and content with where you are IS OK, if you are in fact happy and content – you know? Happy New Year to you Sam!

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  13. Matt,

    I loved the Karate Kid reference. Didn’t figure you were old enough to be using 80′s pop culture references. I really think 2010 is going to be a mind blowing year. The overnight success myth has pervaded the internet and I’m glad to see people writing about the fact it is a myth.

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    • Haha just barely old enough my friend, just barely – but you’ve gotta love Karate Kid. 2010 is going to be great – I’m with you there. Overnight success IS a myth except for the very rare case of simply being at the right place at the right time.

      Good luck to you my friend – looking forward to chatting and collaborating in the New Year!

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  14. Matt,

    I loved the Karate Kid reference. Didn’t figure you were old enough to be using 80′s pop culture references. I really think 2010 is going to be a mind blowing year. The overnight success myth has pervaded the internet and I’m glad to see people writing about the fact it is a myth.

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    • Haha just barely old enough my friend, just barely – but you’ve gotta love Karate Kid. 2010 is going to be great – I’m with you there. Overnight success IS a myth except for the very rare case of simply being at the right place at the right time.

      Good luck to you my friend – looking forward to chatting and collaborating in the New Year!

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  15. A Karate Kid reference! Such a throwback to my childhood where I would practically recite every line from that movie…Love it. First promises of dogs and now the Karate Kid — you know exactly what it takes to lure me in :)

    Reference aside, this is a terrific post. Especially this:

    “Life – in the middle of everything you may be trying to accomplish – is about living. And the best way to live is to wake up every morning with a smile on your face.”

    I spent 2009 healing and hiding, to be honest. I spent a lot of time reflecting, a lot of time growing, and a lot of time changing. Looking back, it felt like it’s what was necessary at the time. But now I feel like I’m ready to get out there, to not hide any longer, to live life and love life, embracing it for all it has to offer.

    Because I believe that that’s what it’s about — it just took me a long time to get there and realize this. Every single day is one day more in a life; every single new year is another year that you’re moving forward. It’s a chance to start over, yes, but it’s also a chance to take everything you’ve learned and keep going. That’s what I hope to get out of 2010. To keep learning, keep going, and start really living again.

    Now I’ll just go back to humming, “you’re the best around, nothing’s gonna ever keep you down” thankyouverymuch.

    Wishing you a very happy 2010, Matt! Looking forward to more from you.

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    • It’s great to see you here Susan – I love your thoughtful comments, every single one. To be honest, there was a lot of hiding and reflecting for me as well. It may seem like I was extremely outgoing 99% of the time – but I spent a LOT of time looking back, thinking about where I’d come from, where I was, and where I wanted to be. Then I’d come on the blog here and write about it – this place has provided me with an outstanding creative outlet, communication tool, and through meeting wonderful people like you, a real support group who motivates me and pushes me to be at my best. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

      It’s going to be an action packed year ahead – sometimes I forget (OK, I don’t really forget) that I’m getting MARRIED in 4 months. Yeah, that’s kind of a big deal, no? On top of that – there are a lot of other things in the works both personally and professionally. I can’t wait!

      Happy New Year Susan!

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  16. A Karate Kid reference! Such a throwback to my childhood where I would practically recite every line from that movie…Love it. First promises of dogs and now the Karate Kid — you know exactly what it takes to lure me in :)

    Reference aside, this is a terrific post. Especially this:

    “Life – in the middle of everything you may be trying to accomplish – is about living. And the best way to live is to wake up every morning with a smile on your face.”

    I spent 2009 healing and hiding, to be honest. I spent a lot of time reflecting, a lot of time growing, and a lot of time changing. Looking back, it felt like it’s what was necessary at the time. But now I feel like I’m ready to get out there, to not hide any longer, to live life and love life, embracing it for all it has to offer.

    Because I believe that that’s what it’s about — it just took me a long time to get there and realize this. Every single day is one day more in a life; every single new year is another year that you’re moving forward. It’s a chance to start over, yes, but it’s also a chance to take everything you’ve learned and keep going. That’s what I hope to get out of 2010. To keep learning, keep going, and start really living again.

    Now I’ll just go back to humming, “you’re the best around, nothing’s gonna ever keep you down” thankyouverymuch.

    Wishing you a very happy 2010, Matt! Looking forward to more from you.

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    • It’s great to see you here Susan – I love your thoughtful comments, every single one. To be honest, there was a lot of hiding and reflecting for me as well. It may seem like I was extremely outgoing 99% of the time – but I spent a LOT of time looking back, thinking about where I’d come from, where I was, and where I wanted to be. Then I’d come on the blog here and write about it – this place has provided me with an outstanding creative outlet, communication tool, and through meeting wonderful people like you, a real support group who motivates me and pushes me to be at my best. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

      It’s going to be an action packed year ahead – sometimes I forget (OK, I don’t really forget) that I’m getting MARRIED in 4 months. Yeah, that’s kind of a big deal, no? On top of that – there are a lot of other things in the works both personally and professionally. I can’t wait!

      Happy New Year Susan!

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  17. I don’t agree with the ‘don’t even bother to ask yourself “why”’ part. Understanding WHY you’re not happy is the most important part, because if you don’t understand WHAT makes you happy, you’ll never be truly happy.

    You know I’m with you on all the “if you’re not happy, get happy” stuff, but don’t make it sound like it’s an easy, one step process, because we both know it’s not.

    It’s a combination of lots of hard work and an understanding of where you’ve been, where you are, and where you prefer to go.

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    • I hear what you’re saying Tim and I don’t disagree with you. In fact, I make this point above in saying,

      If you’re not happy with whatever you’re doing – don’t even bother to ask yourself “why” – just stop doing it, or start doing it with a different attitude. If you’re working a dead-end retail job to pursue your dream as a singer – don’t go into work every day with a shitty attitude – instead, go into work with the full acceptance that EVERYTHING, even your mid-shift at Best Buy, is a step toward realizing your dreams.

      My point – and yours as well – is that pursuing your dreams DOES take a lot of hard work – but that complaining about your circumstances and not doing anything about it is a waste of time. Bottom line. And attitude goes a long, long way. If your can accept that everything is a step in the right direction, even your dead end retail job or whatever it may be, you’ll be just fine. If you’re taking a step in the WRONG direction and/or going nowhere, you need to rethink what you’re doing.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  18. I don’t agree with the ‘don’t even bother to ask yourself “why”’ part. Understanding WHY you’re not happy is the most important part, because if you don’t understand WHAT makes you happy, you’ll never be truly happy.

    You know I’m with you on all the “if you’re not happy, get happy” stuff, but don’t make it sound like it’s an easy, one step process, because we both know it’s not.

    It’s a combination of lots of hard work and an understanding of where you’ve been, where you are, and where you prefer to go.

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    • I hear what you’re saying Tim and I don’t disagree with you. In fact, I make this point above in saying,

      If you’re not happy with whatever you’re doing – don’t even bother to ask yourself “why” – just stop doing it, or start doing it with a different attitude. If you’re working a dead-end retail job to pursue your dream as a singer – don’t go into work every day with a shitty attitude – instead, go into work with the full acceptance that EVERYTHING, even your mid-shift at Best Buy, is a step toward realizing your dreams.

      My point – and yours as well – is that pursuing your dreams DOES take a lot of hard work – but that complaining about your circumstances and not doing anything about it is a waste of time. Bottom line. And attitude goes a long, long way. If your can accept that everything is a step in the right direction, even your dead end retail job or whatever it may be, you’ll be just fine. If you’re taking a step in the WRONG direction and/or going nowhere, you need to rethink what you’re doing.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  19. Another great post, Matt! Despite the fact that I have a few, okay several, years on you, your wisdom and insight never ceases to amaze me.

    2009 has been a long year of reflection (unemployment will do that to you) and I have already decided that 2010 will be entirely different. I think this whole country needs a kick in the ass, and if everyone started with themselves, we’d collectively get somewhere!

    Hug your mom for me. She did a great job. :)

    Happy New Year!

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    • Well thank you very much for all of your kind words Theresa. I’ll be sure to give my mom a big hug for you! Here’s to all of us giving each other a (much needed) kick in the ass from time to time. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  20. Another great post, Matt! Despite the fact that I have a few, okay several, years on you, your wisdom and insight never ceases to amaze me.

    2009 has been a long year of reflection (unemployment will do that to you) and I have already decided that 2010 will be entirely different. I think this whole country needs a kick in the ass, and if everyone started with themselves, we’d collectively get somewhere!

    Hug your mom for me. She did a great job. :)

    Happy New Year!

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    • Well thank you very much for all of your kind words Theresa. I’ll be sure to give my mom a big hug for you! Here’s to all of us giving each other a (much needed) kick in the ass from time to time. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  21. What you summed up so eloquently is that you do not have to wait to be happy…wait for things to change for the better…you have the power to make the shift yourself! It all begins with you.

    You are smooth my friend!!

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  22. What you summed up so eloquently is that you do not have to wait to be happy…wait for things to change for the better…you have the power to make the shift yourself! It all begins with you.

    You are smooth my friend!!

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  23. This is SUCH a fabulous post and encapsulates a feeling I’ve been getting to know throughout 2010. Attitude dictates so much of how a life is lived – and I hope people can read your post and maybe decide to challenge theirs; just make the decision to change all your negative thoughts about your life and actually start acting on changing things. It’s totally possible – and this is just another of many inspiring posts at LWP :)

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    • Thanks Emily. At the end of the day it’s not up to me or anyone else who may write a few inspirational words – but I know that hearing someone else’s story, following someone else’s journey, can often times be an outstanding source of inspiration (I speak from experience in all of the people I admire and respect). Happy New Year Em!

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  24. This is SUCH a fabulous post and encapsulates a feeling I’ve been getting to know throughout 2010. Attitude dictates so much of how a life is lived – and I hope people can read your post and maybe decide to challenge theirs; just make the decision to change all your negative thoughts about your life and actually start acting on changing things. It’s totally possible – and this is just another of many inspiring posts at LWP :)

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    • Thanks Emily. At the end of the day it’s not up to me or anyone else who may write a few inspirational words – but I know that hearing someone else’s story, following someone else’s journey, can often times be an outstanding source of inspiration (I speak from experience in all of the people I admire and respect). Happy New Year Em!

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  25. This is the true spirit for 2010! Life is fun…

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  26. This is the true spirit for 2010! Life is fun…

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  27. Here’s to a truly kick-ass 2010 for you and the entire LWP community! Great thoughts as always Matt – and I echo your views; “live the dream” – seriously our attitudes have a huge impact and it’s about time we reset that dial to a more positive direction. Reality is what we make it. To a wonderful 2010 full of living!

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    • Thank you for all of your support this year Shereen. I was so humbled by everything you said about me and The Inconvenience of Change on the Nightline Radio show – to hear someone speak so fondly of me – a person I’ve never met who lives on the other side of the world – is amazing – it really blows my mind. So thank you times infinity. Happy New Year and wishing you all the best in the new year!

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  28. Here’s to a truly kick-ass 2010 for you and the entire LWP community! Great thoughts as always Matt – and I echo your views; “live the dream” – seriously our attitudes have a huge impact and it’s about time we reset that dial to a more positive direction. Reality is what we make it. To a wonderful 2010 full of living!

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    • Thank you for all of your support this year Shereen. I was so humbled by everything you said about me and The Inconvenience of Change on the Nightline Radio show – to hear someone speak so fondly of me – a person I’ve never met who lives on the other side of the world – is amazing – it really blows my mind. So thank you times infinity. Happy New Year and wishing you all the best in the new year!

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  29. So I’m going to completely agree. GRANTED, damn you, my list ‘o goals for 2010 sound kinda EXACTLY like what you typed (except you missed the part where, alongside my goal of losing weight, I stock up on truffles and onion dip to gorge on until midnight of Dec 31st) — but — it’s like one of the moooost cheesy quotes my old trainer used to tell me: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

    I actually have a big totally mortifying quote taped to my mirror now that says, “BE THAT.” Because I mentally always think to myself if I pass someone who obviously, unlike myself, brushed her hair that morning: “Gah, I wanna be that girl.” Or the person who writes terribly precious posts? “I wanna be that dude.” ;-) You catch the pattern… and if you don’t… well.. I have like 42 more fantastic examples I am JUST SO EXCITED to type out so you JUST let me know. :P

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    • Haha well I can tell your excited and I love that – feel free to continue with the other 42 examples :)

      BE THAT – I like it – and I’ll add “BE YOU” to the mix. Above everything else you have to be yourself, and be HAPPY with yourself. And if you’re not happy with yourself, who you are, what you’re doing, or where you’re going – then do something about it.

      Thanks so much for coming by and sharing some perspective – I’m following you on Twitter now and checked out your blog. Good stuff. Look forward to chatting more in 2010. Happy New Year!

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  30. So I’m going to completely agree. GRANTED, damn you, my list ‘o goals for 2010 sound kinda EXACTLY like what you typed (except you missed the part where, alongside my goal of losing weight, I stock up on truffles and onion dip to gorge on until midnight of Dec 31st) — but — it’s like one of the moooost cheesy quotes my old trainer used to tell me: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

    I actually have a big totally mortifying quote taped to my mirror now that says, “BE THAT.” Because I mentally always think to myself if I pass someone who obviously, unlike myself, brushed her hair that morning: “Gah, I wanna be that girl.” Or the person who writes terribly precious posts? “I wanna be that dude.” ;-) You catch the pattern… and if you don’t… well.. I have like 42 more fantastic examples I am JUST SO EXCITED to type out so you JUST let me know. :P

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    • Haha well I can tell your excited and I love that – feel free to continue with the other 42 examples :)

      BE THAT – I like it – and I’ll add “BE YOU” to the mix. Above everything else you have to be yourself, and be HAPPY with yourself. And if you’re not happy with yourself, who you are, what you’re doing, or where you’re going – then do something about it.

      Thanks so much for coming by and sharing some perspective – I’m following you on Twitter now and checked out your blog. Good stuff. Look forward to chatting more in 2010. Happy New Year!

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  31. Matt – once again you impress me with your insight, attitude and maturity. My hope is that you continue to reach more people with your message of positive action! Have a great 2010! I can’t wait to see what you do in the New Year..:). Kelly

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    • Thank you Kelly – the goal is to grow and continue to grow this community here – spreading this “perspective on a less restricted life” to as many who will hear it. Happy New Year to you as well! 2010 is going to be a good one!

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  32. Matt – once again you impress me with your insight, attitude and maturity. My hope is that you continue to reach more people with your message of positive action! Have a great 2010! I can’t wait to see what you do in the New Year..:). Kelly

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    • Thank you Kelly – the goal is to grow and continue to grow this community here – spreading this “perspective on a less restricted life” to as many who will hear it. Happy New Year to you as well! 2010 is going to be a good one!

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  33. “When life IS YOUR DREAM” Great point and good way to look at it. I’m really focusing on the journey I will be taking with my new start up blog. I’ll be unveiling it in January on my forty2fifty blog and following it’s progress and process there as well.

    It’s all about the journey…

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  34. “When life IS YOUR DREAM” Great point and good way to look at it. I’m really focusing on the journey I will be taking with my new start up blog. I’ll be unveiling it in January on my forty2fifty blog and following it’s progress and process there as well.

    It’s all about the journey…

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  35. AMEN CHEVY! I love what you said about going through life with a smile. Sometimes we take our biggest goals so seriously that we forget to have fun and enjoy the process. I loved this post and your proactive spirit about life.

    Happy New Year!!

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    • If there is anyone who knows how to walk around with a smile (a big one) it’s you – I love it, and it carries over into everything you do! Your spirit and attitude is a direct inspiration on me – so thank you for that! Looking forward to getting together this year – because, you know, it WILL happen. Happy New Year Jenny!

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  36. AMEN CHEVY! I love what you said about going through life with a smile. Sometimes we take our biggest goals so seriously that we forget to have fun and enjoy the process. I loved this post and your proactive spirit about life.

    Happy New Year!!

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    • If there is anyone who knows how to walk around with a smile (a big one) it’s you – I love it, and it carries over into everything you do! Your spirit and attitude is a direct inspiration on me – so thank you for that! Looking forward to getting together this year – because, you know, it WILL happen. Happy New Year Jenny!

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  37. great job inspiring me :)
    yes, I think 2010 will be one helluva year, and from the likes of others I’ve talked to, they feel the same! and yes, I’m definitely looking for that “someone who inspires you” thing. I’ve never been with anyone who makes me feel like wanting to be better. That sounds nice. I’m having a blast discovering my passions and figuring out my own life though! That stuff will come eventually, and I’m in no rush!

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    • Cheers to that floreta – I’m not asking for everything to come together at one time, but I know that it WILL happen if I work toward it one step at a time. Best to you this year – I know it will be a great one!

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  38. great job inspiring me :)
    yes, I think 2010 will be one helluva year, and from the likes of others I’ve talked to, they feel the same! and yes, I’m definitely looking for that “someone who inspires you” thing. I’ve never been with anyone who makes me feel like wanting to be better. That sounds nice. I’m having a blast discovering my passions and figuring out my own life though! That stuff will come eventually, and I’m in no rush!

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    • Cheers to that floreta – I’m not asking for everything to come together at one time, but I know that it WILL happen if I work toward it one step at a time. Best to you this year – I know it will be a great one!

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  39. Matt – One of the things I love about this post is the reality you address in it. Especially with your example of the Best Buy working aspiring singer. It isn’t enough to just want to do something. You have to be willing to put in the time, effort, research, and “right things” to make your dreams become a reality. While it might sound amazingly fantastic to just up and quit your job so that you can sit and write music all day long, that might not be possible. Bills still have to be paid, the landlord still likes to receive rent, you still have to eat…you’ve gotta have a plan. Otherwise you’ll just try and fail and then end up more embittered than you were when you hated that stupid retail job in the first place.

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    • Right on Elisa. There are so many out there who will tell you that everything has to happen today – that if you’re doing something you don’t love you’re doing something wrong. I disagree because I know that our lives are a work in progress- that, as cliche as it may be, there is real beauty in the journey – and that the focus doesn’t have to be the destination.

      Also, to your point, everyone can be happy in different circumstances. We all don’t have to be entrepreneurs – the corporate world can bring about just as much happiness and fulfillment if that’s what your after. When all is said and done – YOU will always know what’s best for YOU.

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  40. Matt – One of the things I love about this post is the reality you address in it. Especially with your example of the Best Buy working aspiring singer. It isn’t enough to just want to do something. You have to be willing to put in the time, effort, research, and “right things” to make your dreams become a reality. While it might sound amazingly fantastic to just up and quit your job so that you can sit and write music all day long, that might not be possible. Bills still have to be paid, the landlord still likes to receive rent, you still have to eat…you’ve gotta have a plan. Otherwise you’ll just try and fail and then end up more embittered than you were when you hated that stupid retail job in the first place.

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    • Right on Elisa. There are so many out there who will tell you that everything has to happen today – that if you’re doing something you don’t love you’re doing something wrong. I disagree because I know that our lives are a work in progress- that, as cliche as it may be, there is real beauty in the journey – and that the focus doesn’t have to be the destination.

      Also, to your point, everyone can be happy in different circumstances. We all don’t have to be entrepreneurs – the corporate world can bring about just as much happiness and fulfillment if that’s what your after. When all is said and done – YOU will always know what’s best for YOU.

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  41. sooo you’re one of those like wizards of inspirations. Ok I can get down with this. I need one of those in my life. Can I be taller this year? That’s what I’m really interested in.

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    • Wizard of inspiration? Haha, I guess I can go with that – once I figure out how to grant myself the “get taller” wish, I’ll be sure to pass it along to you. Been working on that one for 24 years – I think I’m stuck at 5’7″.

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  42. sooo you’re one of those like wizards of inspirations. Ok I can get down with this. I need one of those in my life. Can I be taller this year? That’s what I’m really interested in.

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    • Wizard of inspiration? Haha, I guess I can go with that – once I figure out how to grant myself the “get taller” wish, I’ll be sure to pass it along to you. Been working on that one for 24 years – I think I’m stuck at 5’7″.

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  43. Great attitude. My number one resolution was pretty much just to live it out, without worrying about the things resolutions usually revolve on (like self improvement). My mentality is basically if one encounters something that doesn’t jive, one should quit complaining and just fix it, then carry on living it out, and that’s a thought I think a lot of people could do with embracing.
    All the best in the new year. Live it out.

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    • Love your mentality here Trish – and I agree. Last year was a little crazy with so much up in the air – a lot of change and transition. I’m hoping and planning that this year will be much more about “living it out” instead of constantly wondering what’s next. All the best to you as well – don’t be a stranger!

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  44. Great attitude. My number one resolution was pretty much just to live it out, without worrying about the things resolutions usually revolve on (like self improvement). My mentality is basically if one encounters something that doesn’t jive, one should quit complaining and just fix it, then carry on living it out, and that’s a thought I think a lot of people could do with embracing.
    All the best in the new year. Live it out.

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    • Love your mentality here Trish – and I agree. Last year was a little crazy with so much up in the air – a lot of change and transition. I’m hoping and planning that this year will be much more about “living it out” instead of constantly wondering what’s next. All the best to you as well – don’t be a stranger!

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  45. I recently quit my “good” job in order to pursue my passions/lifework full time. There have been–and will, of course, continue to be–sacrifices along this path, but the sacrifices are balanced by triumphs and smiles. I appreciated your admonition to *live* the dream, daily. Head in clouds, but with feet on the ground, moving forward. :)

    I’m new to blogging and only just found your bit o’ digital property *sniffle* but am digging it hard.

    Cheers to 2010!

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    • Head in the clouds, feet on the ground – that’s the best way to live right? Kudos to you for quitting what was “safe” in pursuit of something more fulfilling – I recently did the exact same thing. If you don’t mind me asking, what are you up to now that you’re away from the grind?

      Really like your blog as well Cali – you could have fooled me when you said you were new. Really like your attitude toward life and appreciate you stopping by my humble home here. Look forward to chatting much more in the future!

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      • I don’t mind you asking! I’m finishing up my master’s degree. Working on a business plan. Seeking out part-time work that will allow me to fully do these two things.

        I’m learning how to prioritize (never really been skilled in that area…”Everything is awesome! Everything is important! I’m gonna take on 1,345 things today – woohoo!”). Taking time to incubate my ideas, knowing some ideas will make it to the streets while other ideas won’t leave my skull.

        And thank you for the kind words! :)

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        • Very awesome Cali – it sounds like you have a lot on your plate and I’m sure you will do amazing things this year and moving forward. So glad we’ve connected and looking forward to many-a-good discussion!

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  46. I recently quit my “good” job in order to pursue my passions/lifework full time. There have been–and will, of course, continue to be–sacrifices along this path, but the sacrifices are balanced by triumphs and smiles. I appreciated your admonition to *live* the dream, daily. Head in clouds, but with feet on the ground, moving forward. :)

    I’m new to blogging and only just found your bit o’ digital property *sniffle* but am digging it hard.

    Cheers to 2010!

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    • Head in the clouds, feet on the ground – that’s the best way to live right? Kudos to you for quitting what was “safe” in pursuit of something more fulfilling – I recently did the exact same thing. If you don’t mind me asking, what are you up to now that you’re away from the grind?

      Really like your blog as well Cali – you could have fooled me when you said you were new. Really like your attitude toward life and appreciate you stopping by my humble home here. Look forward to chatting much more in the future!

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      • I don’t mind you asking! I’m finishing up my master’s degree. Working on a business plan. Seeking out part-time work that will allow me to fully do these two things.

        I’m learning how to prioritize (never really been skilled in that area…”Everything is awesome! Everything is important! I’m gonna take on 1,345 things today – woohoo!”). Taking time to incubate my ideas, knowing some ideas will make it to the streets while other ideas won’t leave my skull.

        And thank you for the kind words! :)

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        • Very awesome Cali – it sounds like you have a lot on your plate and I’m sure you will do amazing things this year and moving forward. So glad we’ve connected and looking forward to many-a-good discussion!

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  47. Matt, great post and I love your values that I deciphered throughout the blog. I completely agree with keeping a smile and positive attitude on life, and I think this is a great trait that will bring out the best in ourselves and others. The only thing that I don’t completely agree with is the thought that if you wake up and don’t like what you are doing, don’t just quit but do find a different attitude like he said. In this economy, jobs are not as readily available, and the dream jobs we all want are going to take a little more time to fall into. Don’t burn any bridges through you path in life, because you never know when you may need to cross them again. Remember that every day is a new day and we are constantly striving toward our goals. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” Walter Elliott

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    • I don’t think we disagree at all Scott – and I don’t think at all that this is as easy as just cutting your losses and moving on when you don’t like something. Instead, I think that every situation, as bad as it may seem, can be approached with a positive attitude as a STEP in the right direction toward your “dream” job – that’s why I used the “working at Best Buy while pursuing your dream as a musician” example. Because all of us should see our dreams as a work in progress – not a finite destination that we have to arrive at TODAY. Love the quote – and thanks for stopping by sir!

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  48. Matt, great post and I love your values that I deciphered throughout the blog. I completely agree with keeping a smile and positive attitude on life, and I think this is a great trait that will bring out the best in ourselves and others. The only thing that I don’t completely agree with is the thought that if you wake up and don’t like what you are doing, don’t just quit but do find a different attitude like he said. In this economy, jobs are not as readily available, and the dream jobs we all want are going to take a little more time to fall into. Don’t burn any bridges through you path in life, because you never know when you may need to cross them again. Remember that every day is a new day and we are constantly striving toward our goals. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” Walter Elliott

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    • I don’t think we disagree at all Scott – and I don’t think at all that this is as easy as just cutting your losses and moving on when you don’t like something. Instead, I think that every situation, as bad as it may seem, can be approached with a positive attitude as a STEP in the right direction toward your “dream” job – that’s why I used the “working at Best Buy while pursuing your dream as a musician” example. Because all of us should see our dreams as a work in progress – not a finite destination that we have to arrive at TODAY. Love the quote – and thanks for stopping by sir!

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  49. Great post Matt! It is really true that Jan. 1 needs to be a jumping off point – AND that it is ultimately about attitude. I think that has affected me a lot in the last year – learning from, and changing my attitude according to life around me. It’s hard, but in the end, its worth it.

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    • The reward is always that much greater when you know you’ve put significant time and effort toward achieving it. If you can’t force yourself to look at things in a new light any other time of year, at least let January 1 be that jump off point to new attitudes, new ideas, and bigger and better things. All the best to you Beth!

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  50. Great post Matt! It is really true that Jan. 1 needs to be a jumping off point – AND that it is ultimately about attitude. I think that has affected me a lot in the last year – learning from, and changing my attitude according to life around me. It’s hard, but in the end, its worth it.

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    • The reward is always that much greater when you know you’ve put significant time and effort toward achieving it. If you can’t force yourself to look at things in a new light any other time of year, at least let January 1 be that jump off point to new attitudes, new ideas, and bigger and better things. All the best to you Beth!

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