Every year, since I read Ayn Rand for the first time, I have created goals and objectives to change my life. Every year except for the last two years; I wonder why I didn’t. I don’t have any reason except that I was lazy and decided to live for the moment rather than improving myself.
This year I intend to revive and retrieve old habits and get off my behind and improve myself and my condition. I can’t tell you what I choose because every time I tell people, I falter and never finish what I started. I am not deterred by that because my experience has been that if I choose 5 things to focus on and I am successful with two or three then I have done well.
When other people know what I am focused on, I feel pressured to live up to some pre-imagined expectations and then I allow myself to fail on purpose rather than failing after trying. Rationalizing our failures is a human characteristic. (As I have said before, ‘we are all self-made men but only the rich admit it.’)
Usually I write everything down that I wish to make happen. Writing it down means that I have connected my physical self to my desire for change. And often that physical connection is all that is needed to be a better person or acquire a new skill or have a new experience. I will write these items down like all the other times over the 30+ years I have been doing this. Then I will read them over and over like a mental mantra and begin taking measures to do them. Wish me luck. Getting back into old habits is not easy.
One other point to make, you are who you really are when you are alone. If you are working on your 5 things to improve yourself -or your condition- when you are alone, you will be successful in change. If you do the same things you have always done when you are alone, you will not accomplish what you wished.
What are you thinking about for the New Year?