Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions; Fulfill Your Dreams Instead

by Joe Plemon on January 1, 2010

Creative Commons License photo credit: César Rincón

The very word “resolution” implies effort, work and resolve. Making one is a dreary prospect…we grit our teeth and summon up our determination, but deep inside we know that it probably won’t last. Then we console ourselves with the knowledge that at least we tried.

This year why not try something exciting instead of dreary; something that motivates you instead of requiring all your resolve; something that will gain momentum instead of losing steam? Make 2010 the year you decide to live out your dreams instead of making any New Year’s resolutions.

These five steps will help:

1. Dream.

Is your life in a rut? Zig Ziglar defines a rut as a grave with both ends knocked out. Seriously, are you enthused and passionate about your life? Ask yourself this question, “If money was no object, what would I be doing with my life?” Don’t swallow the myth that you can’t make a living doing what you love. Reality is that people who do what they are passionate about are much more productive than those who have a J-O-B.

2. Plan.

If you quit your job cold turkey in order to pursue your dreams, you probably won’t be able to pay your bills.  Bad idea, but you can nevertheless start planning.  Set a goal to be living that dream within three years and start the transition process today.

3. Learn.

Read, read and read more. Offer to buy lunch for someone who is already living out your dream.  Take notes and learn. The only difference between who you are today and who you will be three years from today is the books you read and the people you meet.

4. Specialize.

Avoid the myth of thinking you need to work on your weaknesses. If you are not good at something, it is probably because you don’t have the aptitude or the passion for it. Instead, have fun while specializing in the things you love. If you devote two hours a day to learning more about anything, you will be a world authority on that subject in three years.

5. Go for it.

The coefficient of static friction is greater than that of dynamic friction, which means the most difficult part of getting anywhere is getting started. Once you get started, you will gain momentum, so start today. May this year take you on a path toward your dreams.



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Josh January 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

that makes sense. no wonder i never make new years resolutions!


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