Have you ever thought about how much can change in just one year? It’s truly amazing to me, when I stop and think about it.

You can have a baby, lose a loved one, write a book, train for a marathon, lose 20 pounds, gain 20 pounds, get married, get divorced, move to a new location, watch the entire Harry Potter series (actually, that probably wouldn’t take the whole year), read the entire Harry Potter series, move across the country… I could go on and on.

By this time next year, you could be a whole new person.

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In one sense, it’s kind of awesome, don’t you think? It makes me consider how the possibilities are endless, the opportunities are unfolding right in front of me, the world is at my fingertips and all the things I dream about are all still possible. It’s not too late. It’s never too late.

On the other hand, it’s a little daunting, you know?

Maybe it’s just me, but the thought that the future is still unfolding right in front of me, that everything I love about my current circumstances could slip right through my fingertips at a moment’s notice, without my permission—that’s terrifying.

But all in all, there is incredible awe and balance and beauty in knowing I don’t have control over everything, but I have control over quite a bit.

As long as I have a plan.

Having a life plan doesn’t mean you control everything that is going to happen to you (this is what I thought for a long time and it prevented me from starting my own life plan). Having a life plan simply means choosing a lens through which to look at your ever-changing circumstances.

It means determining priorities and sticking with them.

Your lens doesn’t change, even when your circumstances do. Your priorities stay the same, even when everything else changes.

And, in this sense, a life plan can be extremely helpful. It can help you combat depression, stave off anxiety, overcome addiction, achieve something incredible, stay strong in circumstances that are outside of your control, and find meaning in pain or suffering.

If you don’t have a lens like this, you need one.

This February, I’m speaking at an event called Storyline, which is a gathering dedicated to helping people create this kind of plan for their life. I’ve been to this event twice before, and each time I’ve walked away feeling re-energized, with new passion and understanding for where I’m headed.

If you are looking for a change in 2014, I can’t recommend this conference enough.

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Here are the reasons I think you come to SanDiego for Storyline.

  • Because it’s February and San Diego. Duh.
  • Because I’m going to be there! I would love if you would come hear me speak, and say hello.
  • Because it’s pay-what-you-want. You choose the price of your ticket, depending on what you can afford.
  • Because if you’re looking to discover a meaningful life, there’s no better time than now.

I don’t get anything for inviting you to this conference, other than the satisfaction of knowing your life can be shifted and changed by the content in the same way mine has. I really hope you’ll consider it.

After all, so much can change in a year. Everything can change, in fact.

Who will you be in 2014?

6 comments on “Everything Can Change In Just One Year

  1. Wow, you know… in the past I’ve considered going to Storyline, but came up with a bunch of excuses about how I couldn’t afford it, especially with the plane ticket and all of that, but I’m seriously considering it now… 🙂

  2. I went to Storyline in Feb and my whole life is changing. Since then, I’ve quit my job, made the decision to move across the country- back home to California, and “start over” in a sense. I have never been more simultaneously terrified & excited than right now. I turn 29 in 3 days then move in 16 days. I can’t wait for what’s to come and I’m so excited to see where I will be in 1 year from now. Thanks for what you shared here and at Storyline. You have played a big role in helping me change my life!

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