Editorial: 2018 – A Resolution For Growth

They say that the coming of a new year gives us all a fresh slate to work from; a new beginning that allows us a mental reset of our lives.  This is a bit deceiving, as we need not wait until the end of the year to modify our actions, but it does provide an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months.  As far as time keeping goes, a year is a pretty significant measurement.  We typically evaluate our successes and failures based on what we accomplish within a years time, and give ourselves goals for the new year with the intention of having achieved them in yet another year-long period.  We continue this forecast of achievement year after year, basically for our entire lives.  For that reason alone it’s a significant occasion.

I’m no different.  I buy into the conventional tradition of making ‘New Years resolutions’ because, well, no matter what you want to call them, it’s important to set goals for ourselves.  How can you realize success unless you set a benchmark for it?  It wasn’t until a few years ago, however, that I started taking myself seriously in this regard and actually started measuring the progress of my resolutions.  There’s a direct correlation between self-audits and achieving goals.  I’m in a much better place today than I was 3 or 4 years ago because of this realization.

Last year, I had set some goals for myself, but none of which had anything to do with the website.  The majority of them were financial benchmarks I felt I needed to hit, and a couple were career oriented, but the one that stood out most to me was finishing my car.  Well, not actually finishing, but getting it to the point where I could shake it down.  I’m happy to report that all boxes for 2017 have been checked as of today, and I couldn’t be happier.  With that being said, I feel like I didn’t do enough justice to the website.  Viewership was up a little, but we didn’t experience the growth that we usually see year over year and the majority of that was due to a change in my priorities for 2017.  I can only do so much with the time I’m given, and in order to maintain the balance in my life that I defend so brazenly, I had to take a step back from working on the site.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as it gave me time to yet again evaluate the direction this project is headed.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.  Well, it’s because my goals for this coming year are centered around growing the website – and what better way to hold myself accountable than to publicize them.  Last week I solidified my travel schedule for this years Attack season, and to say it’s aggressive for a guy with full-time management position would be an understatement.  With a goal of 6 different circuits in under 3 months, this could be the busiest season I’ll have seen.  Although I’m excited, and a bit anxious, it’s important to remember the foundation that we’ve built over the past year.  I’ve met so many new people, and have built upon existing friendships to make them stronger, that at this point the cars are just a by-product of the people to me.  A lot of these friendships will make appearances next year in one way or another, and I’m excited about that more than anything.

Time permitting I’d love to pick out my favorites from last year and explain why, but I suppose that’s what I have a website for.  There’s still 3 days left in this year and I intend to make good use of them.  I’d like to reach out and see what everyone reading would like to see for next year; be it a certain event, a specific car, or types of cars, more in depth technical information, etc.  I have a pretty good idea of what’s in store, but am always open to suggestions.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

I’ve told myself next year will be one of NDF’s biggest yet, and I can’t wait to get started.  Thank you all for your support throughout 2017, and I wish you all a happy new year.

-Sean