Which way you gonna go this year? Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Every year, the self-improvement industry makes a killing on everyone’s resolutions to be different in whatever way — weight, work, family, relationships, habits, cooking, etcetera and etc. Most fail.

Most fail because they don’t plan. They focus on destination, not process. They don’t focus on “the boss,” themselves. Ain’t nothing getting better without changing the boss’ approach to things.

Don’t and you’re back again, same Bat time, same Bat channel, thinking that 2024 is gonna be your year.

I know because that’s been me way too frequently.

Here’s the prompt for (yesterday’s) Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/knew.’” Use one, use both, use them any way you like. Bonus points if you use both. Enjoy!

I did an OK job last year of doing some things in my life better — lost 45 pounds (gained some of it back, so netted out at 25 — i’ll just get the last 50 off this year!), made a new tradition with the childrens of Taco Tuesday (which will be some variation of “around the world Tuesday” this year), and did some pretty good work over the year.

There are a few things I would liked to have done differently, but, all in all, it was a good year — in many ways, a very good year.

In this new year, I’m going to stop wishing I “knew” something differently. I’ll be focusing on learning new things — rewiring habits, re-establishing a good bed time routine, focusing on at least battling my procrastination tendicies to a draw, working to improve my copy editing and overall writing ability, figuring out how to treat myself like a business (because, as a freelancer, that’s what I am).

Most importantly, I’m going to really focus on the journey — the process and the mechanics of getting shit done — as opposed to always be looking at the horizon for the results.

I don’t like the word “grind.” Instead, I’ve begun thinking of simply making an incremental improvement each day. Of course, I have long-term goals, but I think I’ve finally hit the internal tipping point of knowing that step-by-step is the way to massive progress and feeling it.

I knew that for the past decade or so — maybe even longer. Never have really internalized it.


Growing late and I wanted to make sure I got this in before the weekend — 1 down, 51 to go! Though not sure that these will get incrementally better — they kinda are whatever they are on any particular Saturday (and the occasional Sunday!).

Whatever your goals and wishes and hopes and dreams are for 2023, I hope you grab them with both hands and make them yours.

No music today — though hearing the Cheers theme song for an Applebee’s commercial . . . just . . . Fuck. No. — as I’m watching the Ravens and Steelers play a game where they sometimes remember the forward pass has been invented. Loving it!

Well, here’s Cheers, which always makes me feel nostalgic for that fantastic Thursday night lineup and just in general, what a bittersweet, lonely feeling song. Who doesn’t want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came? First up, the credts, second, the entire song. Oh, and i guess I should also include The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again. Still find it strange that Roger Daltry had a few episode story arc in the Highlander series.


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