What is a Successful Year, Really?
Bob Dylan said that a person is a success if they get up in the morning and get to bed at night, and in-between do what they want to do.
Your success is not defined by your status, income, or so many other things we all so often think of when we hear that word.
Rather, success is having the opportunity to give your time and energy to the things of life which matter.
My hope for your upcoming year is that it would be a successful one.
May you get out of bed on January 1 and get to bed on December 31, and in-between do what you want to do.
What’s at Stake for 2019?
Without clarity on your goals for this upcoming year, you are on track to repeat last year.
Even if you had an awesome 2018, the best thing you can do is to continue to build upon it. If you’re coasting then you are either going downhill or you are using up the last of your previous momentum.
However, clarity on your goals can be tricky...
The Problem With Resolutions
That clever list of New Year’s Resolutions is worth about as much as the paper it’s written on. Resolutions, in and of themselves, won’t get you very far.
The problem with resolutions is that they often serve as a False First Step. By writing down your list of resolutions, it can feel as if you’ve completed them as well. Because the “hunger” for change so often gets appeased merely through creating the list of resolutions, many people stop there.
It is better to have one goal that you take action on than it is to have a dozen resolutions that you ignore after a few days.
And so, yes, it’s important to have your list of goals and resolutions for the year. But, dear reader, that is only the beginning.