A Few Quick Thoughts on How to Thrive in 2018

“Forget mistakes, forget failures, forget everything, except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.” — Will Durant

In the next coming weeks you’ll see gyms packed to the brim, resolutions obsessively pursued, and maybe even a decline in Netflix binges.

Alright, maybe not the last one.

With each new year comes a rebirth and an opportunity to shake off a dozen months that may not have gone as well as we would have liked.

Photo by Josh Boot

But not long after the ball drops you’ll see many of those bold declarations thwarted and quickly forgotten.

Why?

Cart Before the Horse

1. We try to do too much at once

2. Our resolutions are not driven by a sustainable “Why”

Part of success hinges on our ability to take on less, NOT more. Warren Buffett is famously known for turning down 99 % of the opportunities that come his way, while Bill Gates credits his massive success to one quality: FOCUS

We can reverse engineer our thinking and subsequently our ability to achieve more by taking on less. By doing so we steadily develop our capacity to do those few things REALLY well rather than dabbling in many with mediocrity.

It’s also important to ease into those few projects we do decide to take on. If we want to lose 20 lbs we can’t expect to jettison that extra weight moments after our new gym membership has been processed. We’ll set unrealistic benchmarks for success, get discouraged, and ultimately burnout.

Start slow and gradually build your way up.

Reap What You Sow

In less time than you think you’ll notice two remarkable behaviors take shape:

— you begin to develop consistency

— your confidence grows

What’s It All For?

We also have to know why we’re doing what we’re doing. Why are you training for that marathon? Yes, it’s admirable, impressive even, but is it what YOU want to do?

If you don’t have a stake in the mission at hand then its nearly impossible to sustain the momentum and strategies needed to see it through.

By tapping into your “why,” you’ll have the capacity to endure those inevitable moments when surrendering seems like the only viable option.

Make it About Something Bigger than Yourself

Often a very effective foundation for staying on the path is looking outside ourselves. When we raise necessity and understand others are depending on us to see a project through there’s very little that can stop us.

Happy New Year and thank you all for the remarkable support in 2017. Wishing you all ENORMOUS happiness and success in the coming year!