One of the easiest things in life is to do nothing. No challenges mean no reward and no fear of failure. It is possible to get by in life without being concerned about the future. Making decisions only when circumstances compel you to and reacting to situations only when you don’t have the choice of staying idle. For a long time in humanity’s history, people were only concerned about being able to feed themselves and surviving. As long as that need was met, they were happy. While that life still remains the norm in many parts of the world, including where I come from, as conditions of living continue to improve, people will seek other ways to find fulfilment.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, I assume you are not one of those people who is living a hand-to-mouth existence. You have an internet enabled device and can pay for data. That puts you above the bottom billion. You are in a position to make more informed choices and plan your life. You should not be letting circumstances make choices for you.
What you do today comes down to the choices you make. You can choose to spend time mindlessly surfing the web or you can access resources that can help you improve. You can try to do every thing or focus on the key things that contribute to your goal. People make New Years’ resolutions in an attempt to break free of letting circumstances define them. It feels good to make an attempt at self-improvement for two weeks before slowly sliding back into the previous pattern.
A goal is not something that can easily be captured in a New Years’ resolution statement. Often, achieving a goal requires learning and growing. It comes with change and change is never an easy process. It can be painful and challenging. That’s why most people quit their resolutions after a few day. By then, the novelty has worn off and they realise the level of commitment it will take to make that change stick.
If you have not yet taken the time to chart a development plan for yourself in 2021, I encourage you to take the time to do so. You can check out this previous post to help you get started. Bill Gates once said “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” The only way to find out how much you can actually get done in a year is by making plans and tracking progress. The best time to start is now. Don’t wait for 2022.