“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.”
You know the thing about New Year’s resolution is that many people will call this practice a cliché. You’ll forget about it and probably won’t succeed. I disagree. First, let’s talk about its definition. Every year is a venue for a new year’s resolution right? It means we can have resolutions for THAT year. Not every five years, not every decade. It means we will be doing this resolution for a year ONLY. After that we can move on. The problem for most people is that they see a resolution as a tedious life changing experience and look much in advance to their destination and gets overwhelmed after some time.
Well if we think like this we’ll also be disappointed in advance. Because we won’t get results RIGHT AWAY. And the image of the desired destination will be destroyed completely. And this will go on every year.
The key here is to change your strategy by condensing it. MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS DOABLE FOR A YEAR. The year will pass by. It’s up to you how you’ll spend it. It was Albert Einstein who said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So if you want this year to be your best year so far, a good portion of it is really up to your decisions. And don’t expect instant results, instead expect for slow gains.
That. Are. Sustainable.
I’ll give my blog as an example. I used to write long articles. My target was to write at least 1000 words per entry. I realize it’s probably not good for me YET. Writing long articles can take a toll on me mentally and psychologically. The result of having this target? I felt pressured. I had this feeling that I need to put extra effort to meet my target. The passion became a burden and not a single article was written for almost a year.
So I decided to write shorter articles that is worth the read. A valuable message that readers can easily remember and apply in their lives. About three to five important points are enough. Another thing is that shorter but meaty articles would only take a minute or two of your precious time. The value of my writing isn’t diminished. It just became concise. I’m not saying that I’m never going to write 1000+ word articles. I will. I believe that if I get to increase my reps just like how James Clear has described it in his article about slow gains, I will be able to write longer articles of value with ease. I know I’ll get there, but for now, I have a more doable target. It’s sustainable!
Be good in your one thing. What is that one thing? We all have it. For me it’s writing. If you focus on that and make a resolution to be better, as discussed earlier, then you can change for the better. And guess what, that one thing? Only you can do it.
Because you are unique. No one else is like you. And not a single person will ever be!
St. Catherine of Sienna believes that “If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” You want this year to be your best year yet? Focus on your one thing and be willing to contribute something good to the world. I promise you, your life will be changed in a very profound way.
May these guide questions help you to set and achieve your goal.
- What is your one thing?
- What is your “condensed” target?
- In what ways can it be sustainable?
Make your best year ever.
Mark Lester Fernando