In the past, I’ve had great fun coming up with whoppers for New Year Resolutions—not as in the yummy Whopper burger from Burger King, but rather whoppers that are far-fetched lies that can’t possibly be accomplished.
My whopper goals made me feel SAFE. There was no way I could accomplish them…so I didn’t even have to try, fail, and feel bad. It was just a joke, right?
Well, this year, I’m going to live a little more dangerously and make lofty, but attainable goals. No more playing it SAFE.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ― Michelangelo Buonarroti
Some people slam New Year’s resolutions because most people cast them aside come February. But I think…What a great January people have as they work on goals that month.
Maybe we need to focus on goals not only in January though, but during every season of the year. When March comes along, we can make new goals, or evaluate where we are on our New Year goals. Then in June and September we can do it all over again.
Think of the growth we would experience!
Self-improvement experts cite the 10,000 hour rule to become a master in anything—art, sports, music, writing, etc. But those 10,000 hours can’t just be mindless repetition at the same level. If I play the piano wrong for 10,000 hours, never working on fingering and precision, I’m still going to be an average piano player 10,000 hours later. One must set goals to perfect and excel at each level (whether it be sports, arts, writing).
That’s why in 2014, I’m telling myself–NO MORE WHOPPERS! I can’t be content to stay at the level I’m at in life. I need to climb upward and gain some elevation.
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Without going into boring detail, some of my goals for 2014 include memorizing a few pages of text, growing out my nails (this will be HARD as I’m a nail biter), improving my health, and stepping up my fiction writing (including marketing, bleak!). It will take me a lot of years to get to the 10,000 hour mark in any of those things, but I hope by the end of my life, I’m at least a semi-expert in some things I’ve tried and worked at over the years.
What about you? Are you trying to become an expert in something? Do you set goals each January? Each season? Whatever you’re about, give it your all…and enjoy the journey along the way. Happy New Year!