2013. Another chance to get it right and another chance to outdo ourselves and the year before.
Yesterday was day 3 of 2013, so I took the time to think about and write down my 3 New Year’s resolutions (4 just didn’t sound right.) Once you publish something, you’re held accountable for it. Here’s to hoping these resolutions will make me a better student, entrepreneur and person.
Ever since I can remember, I have for the most part known where I wanted to go and what kind of person I wanted to be even if I didn’t know exactly WHAT I wanted to do. Without goals and ambition, I would be not be the person I am today; goals simply keep me going in some sort of direction.
These non-negotiables from earlier this year (a few months ago) have become (almost 100%) embedded in my daily routine. So here are more general resolutions for the new year, inspired by Forbes and MarcandAngel.
1) Find the “Yin to my Yang”. (Forbes’ wording, not mine)
The Forbes article mentions, “Walt Disney had Roy Disney, Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak and Orville Wright had Wilbur Wright. Wherever there is great innovation, there is a Dreamer and an Operator; an Idea Monkey and a (Ring)leader. First, determine where your passions lie, then go find an equally passionate partner, then go change the world.”
I can only do and be so much as one person. This resolution includes becoming the best version of myself so that I can attract more creative, intellectual and overall passionate people into my life both professionally and personally. I hope to meet, work and collaborate with people to reach new heights and learn/create as much as I can. Think: “I’m a movement by myself, but I’m a force when we’re together” a la Fabolous and Ne-yo. Besides, life is much more fun when you have someone awesome- mentor, best friend, significant other, etc- to learn and share it with.
(Note: At the moment this means finding someone who can take decent photos of me during my adventures!)
2) Stop worrying so much.
Instead of thinking what won’t be, I aim to think of what can be. I guess you could consider this a form of optimism but it’s more of a form of control. We all have the opportunity to make changes in our lives. To get the outcome I want, I’ll stop worrying/complaining so much and instead be clearer with communication and persistent in overcoming obstacles. Worries are often just fabrications of the mind, especially with me, so with this resolution I commit to having a more positive attitude in both business and life. In business I will be more open to failure- failing early and often and in life I will be more open to vulnerability. After watching Brene Brown (via TED talks), I believe both will fundamentally make me an even more understanding and fearless person open to risk. This will ultimately allow me to connect with more people- that’s what life is all about, right?
3) Do the harder thing.
This covers a lot of things. To me this means being a Nice “New Yorker” by still opening doors for people, making eye contact, smiling, saying thank you, volunteering, giving directions, etc for nothing in return. This means speaking even though my words may shake. This means doing things now, even though its tempting to do it later. This means being kind even though others may not be. This means sharing my experiences and stories even though its easier and convenient to stay silent. This means smiling and being positive even though I’m feeling sick or miserable. Giving someone/something a chance despite track record, public opinion and initial skepticism. Working out and exercising even though its comfortable to sit around. Making time for the people and things you care about even though life demands a lot from us daily. The list goes on.
Kurt Vonnegut puts it beautifully: “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place…” Besides, nothing worth having comes easy.
If that wasn’t enough explanation, here are the manifestations of my resolutions in image form.
Let the inspiration flow~
New York. New Day. New Year.
I hope to look back a month or two from now and be able to see how far I’ve come with my resolutions! Excited. 🙂
P.s. When is saying “Happy New Year” no longer allowed? I’ve been saying it all week!
Happy New Year and happy Friday 🙂 What are your resolutions? Keep the momentum going!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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