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We’re Still Here: This Is The Year You Keep Going

There was no death and destruction. The armageddon did not rob us of our hopes and dreams.

December 21st, 2012 came and went and we’re still here.

Many people thought that, since the Mayan calendar ended on 12-21-12, the world would end. They thought we would lose everything.

In honor of this life we are still living, and those hopes and dreams we still have the opportunity to go after, I believe we owe it to ourselves to dedicate this year to DOING.

We often say we’re going to do a lot at the beginning of the year.

This is the year I’m going to get a new job.

This is the year I’m going to finish my book.

This is the year I’m going to change lives.

But what happens in February? What happens when the enthusiasm wanes (as it will), and you’re left tired and lacking in motivation?

This is the year you keep going.

I’m going to push you to make the commitment this year to stop giving up.

This is the year you’re going to keep going. This is the year in which giving up is no longer an option.

If it matters to you, and it’s important, you have it in you to find a way.

Yes, it will be difficult…

Yes, you’ll want to watch TV instead…

Yes, you’ll moan, cry, argue, scream, and fight against yourself, but in the end, you’ll keep going…

I’ve talked about giving up before, and how it can be a good thing if you’re going down the wrong path. Here’s a simple way to find out if you should keep going, or if you should give up:

Is the effort worth the payoff? Is the payoff something I still want?

It’s that easy. If you answer, “yes,” to both questions, keep going.

This time of year is full of inspiration and productive energy. USE IT! This feeling of readiness to change your life, this sense that the world is full of opportunities is your chance to prove that you can do this.

Prove it to yourself. Take the year-long commitment today!

Here’s an image that you can pin, share on Facebook or tweet:

Every time you’re feeling like quitting, take these steps:

1. Ask: Is the effort worth the payoff? Is the payoff something I still want?

2. Yes? Pull out the picture above and breathe it in for one full, deep, long breath.

3. Say to self: “This is the year I keep going.”

This exercise will help ground you in this moment, when your motivation is high and your sight is clear. The excuses will fall away because they are only as strong as your focus allows them to be. Re-focus here on what matters: your life as you want it to be lived.

Are you committing to not quitting? Tell us about it, stud…

The Keep Going 30-Day Challenge

Oooh, a challenge! Let’s start this year off right, folks!

What better way to ingrain a new habit of persistence than with a 30-day challenge?!

It works like this:

If you’re committed to yourself and your dreams this year, put it in writing. In the comments below, write:

“I’m still here, and I’m going to keep [your goal here] this year.”

Choose that one thing you’ve been waiting until the perfect time to give up or start doing. Do it now. NOW is the perfect time!

Here’s mine to give you an idea:

“I’m still here, and I’m going to keep giving them hope this year.”

That may not make much sense now, but in a matter of weeks, it will…

I’ll keep checking in with you at the bottom of each post here, and I’ll also be on Facebook if you have any questions or concerns to throw my way. Just click here to leave me a comment on the Strong Inside Out page!

Tonight, go out and enjoy yourself, because YOU are something to be celebrated.

This year is going to be a big one, guys. Remember this beginning. This is where it all started.

See you next year. ;)

Stay strong, guys,


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15 responses to “We’re Still Here: This Is The Year You Keep Going”

  1. Ryan L says:

    Hey Amy,

    Happy New Year! I’m still having trouble figuring what I will attempt to improve (or stop or start) in 2013. I am happy to announce that I have decided to be more responsible with my money and after doing a lot of financial housekeeping and trial and error I figured out several things that had to go.
    I’ve cut down my Tv and internet from $180 a month down to $54 a month, not by switching plans but by negotiating with services I had as long as 13 years! As you can tell I’ve not always been comfortable with change, but the fact that I had the services I had for so long, my providers didn’t want to see me go and were quick to offer me rock bottom deals. I suggest to anyone that has had any phone/TV/internet service over three years and are happy with them to call your current provider and see if you can negotiate lower rates.
    My latest challenge that I started just in time for the holidays was to cut WalMart out of my life. In watching my receipts and doing some internet research I realized that I was really spending more than I was saving at Walmart. I have been clean from WalMart for 12 weeks now and have no intention on going back. I am patronizing smaller local and regional businesses more and more.
    The soda and junk food is still out of my life. Only seltzer, water and organic/grass fed food.

    • Amy says:

      Ryan, you have been an inspiration to many this year! Thanks for sharing your amazing story and results with us here. :)

      Kudos to you for focusing on becoming more responsible with the money! I’ve been debt-free for the last 2 years and it feels soooo good. Highly recommended. ;)

      Hope you had a great New Year’s!

  2. Lisa says:

    (Hi Amy!) I’m still here, and I’m going to keep present this year.

    Yup. Because when I’m present, I always make the decision that is best for me, my health, and the well-being of all. (Even if it isn’t the most comfortable.) When I’m caught up in shoulds or desires or comfort or anything but THIS, I always find a way to talk myself out of what I know, deep-down, is best.

    Thank you for your continued motivation!

    • Amy says:

      I absolutely LOVE this commitment, Lisa. One of my goals for this year is to start meditation (as much as I am not a “meditation person”). Staying present is one of my challenges as well. :)

      Please update us here letting us know how it goes!

  3. I’m still here and I’m going to keep learning new physical activities, getting in shape, and be conversationally fluent in Chinese this year.

    • Amy says:

      Amazing, Ashlyn! Are you pretty decent with Chinese already? I’ve always wanted to learn (my Grandma never taught my Mom), but have been intimidated by the intonations. Let me know how it goes!

  4. Ron Reich says:

    This is pretty timely…

    I have quite a few goals for this year, but I really want to get to a good weight that I can maintain.


    I’m a fitness freak and this past December, before I went on vacation to the Philippines and got pretty ripped and to my ideal weight. I maintained it for a most of the vacation. But when I got back I pigged out like crazy.

    Now, have about 7 pounds to lose to get back to wear I was. Uugg.

    So, I’m going to commit here to not eating any processed sugars or junkfood for 30 days. If I do that, I should be good to go.


  5. Kylie TeKrony says:

    i have not cofidence and i really wish i did everyday i feel like i am being judged by everyone that walks by even when i feel i am unstoppable thats when i feel like i am depressed and hate life what do i so

    • Amy says:

      I can totally relate, Kylie. Thanks for having the courage to share that with us.

      Whenever you start fearing judgment, can you remind yourself that there is always someone out there who is going to have something negative to say? That way, we’re free of the idea that we have to please everyone.

      All you can do is be the best YOU you can be. Stay true to you and kind to others, and no one can fault you. Their opinions are strictly that: opinions. How much they affect you is up to you alone.

      Hope that helps!

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  7. Wade says:

    “I’m still here, and I’m going to keep my body pure, my family strong, and my heart happy this year.”

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  9. Shaimaa says:

    Dear Amy,
    It is 2014 already and it has been strong start, body shaping and losing weight plus applying for my dream job, cabin crew and I wish it could come true as soon as possible :)

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