We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.
Goodman's quote smacked me in the face when I read it January 1st. Like most people, I, too, focus on my areas of deficiency and ones needing improvement instead of looking at the potential that already exists. It's much easier to build on the positive than to try and correct a negative.
To improve your motivation to get better results in 2013, look at areas of your work or life where you already have momentum or resources available. What can you do to keep things moving in the right direction in 2013?