The new year is 8 days away and with it, comes a lot of talk about what’s people are going to do next year, what their new years resolutions are and what their plans are for their next 360 degree trip around the sun. This quote from Raam Dev sums up my feelings on waiting till New Years to make a change pretty well:
If you want to make something happen tomorrow, you can certainly make it happen today. Take action now and change your direction.
That said, I understand why some people enjoy New Years Resolutions. The New Year is as good as any for setting resolutions and new beginnings. It offers a clean break from the previous year and lets you start afresh – both good things. Unfortunately most new years resolutions are brash statements made in a bar after a little too much drinking or simply not thought out very far in advance. That’s why you see so many of them being abandoned 3 weeks into the year.
New Years is the time of the year that most gyms make their money. Everyone makes a New Years Resolution to lose weight and the gym is packed. Come February, the place is abandoned.
Do you have what it takes to make your resolutions last?
Next week I’m going to start impossible evaluations. It’s an annual series where I’ll use both posts that week to answer two questions:
- How far did I come in 2010?
- Where am I going in 2011?
Reader Kurt had a great comment on the post earlier this week, “I notice the more I do things on “edge of reality” the bigger the reality circle gets.” That’s both a good and bad thing. Every year, what’s “impossible” means something new and every year there’s a whole new list of impossible things I’ve accomplished, but also a whole new list of impossible things still out there.
Towards the end of the year, I tend to naturally focus on the things that I haven’t yet accomplished. It can be a little discouraging if I’m not conscious of the effort I’ve put forth throughout the year and recognize the progress I’ve made.
At the same time, it’s also important to have a plan for the future. It’s true that you can never predict what’s going to happen 3, 6, 9 or 12 months from now and it’s also important to be flexible and react to events in reality. But to use a overused, but still relevant quote from Lewis Carroll:
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
Think about it this way – If you have a plan, and run into an obstacle, you can adjust the plan. If you don’t have a plan and you run into an obstacle, you still have no plan. I’d rather have a plan. I’ll be sharing with you next week. Stay tuned…
I’m feeling pretty jolly this Holiday season so I’ll be stopping and by every member of the League’s stocking [aka inbox] this Saturday morning for Christmas with a little surprise. If you’re interested in what the surprise is [don’t worry, it’s not coal], get on the list here. Merry Christmas.