Your Guide to 2019

2019 is here in force. So that begs the question: Is this going to be just another year like every other one before it, or are you going to go out on the initiative and make it memorable?


I see so many people start off the year with these big hopes and dreams, making the promise that this year will be different. That lasts for about a week or two, and then life sets in. Work obligations pile up, home life gets congested, and things just seem to magically pop up at the worst time possible.


Life is always going to happen, there’s no way around that. The determining factor between success and another year that blends in with the rest of them is what you do when a challenge arises. Are you focused and intent on seeing it through or are you going to let any little challenge derail you for the entire year?


Start out with 3 big things you are going to accomplish this year. Nevermind creating an endless list of things you want to complete. That will only work to overwhelm you. Visualize what it will look like when you’re completing them and what it will look like when it’s finished. Really get into it and recreate the feelings and emotion that you’ll feel when completed. See the obstacles coming up that have taken you off course in the past. Picture yourself stepping up to the challenge and overcoming them once and for all.


2019 doesn’t have to be just another year. It shouldn’t be. This should be the year when things start working in your favor. Remember, you’re going to have to work for them. You’re going to have to work really fucking hard. But in the end, when it’s all said and done, you’ll be lightyears ahead of where you started out today. Be consistent, put in the hard work, and know that anything worth achieving takes time and patience to complete. Here’s to 2019.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters, police, EMS, and military personnel. He provides 28-day challenges and online personal training designed to meet the unique needs of our emergency responders. Jon is a personal trainer, strength & conditioning specialist, full-time firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman.


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