Contemplating Success

2015-01-30 11:55

January is famous for New Year’s resolutions that never stick, whether it’s the clichéd giving up smoking or finally making some tough choices about your career. We post our goals on Facebook for the whole world to see, and a week later we forget all about them. That’s the reason I never made New Year’s resolutions is because I feel that they will inevitably fail.

This year, however, things changed, when my husband added a valid point to this old debate:

“Life needs goals.”

In this case, there are two types of people: Those who know exactly where they want to be in 5 years and create plans on how to get there; and those who only have a vague idea or no clue whatsoever.

A few years ago, I stumbled onto a video called ‘The Strangest Secret’ by Earl Nightingale. It’s an inspiring recording, stating that the secret to success is to decide what you want and go after it with single-minded persistence. It doesn’t sound that hard, right? But life is never that simple. What if you want more than one thing?

I want to be a writer and illustrator, as well as the best damn Digital Strategist ever. Am I supposed to let one dream go for another? Life can’t be boiled down to a simple sentence.

They say: “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” By that, they’re not talking about the lazy hours you spend in front of a TV. It’s that spark of creativity you catch while creating the perfect dish after months of experimentation. Some of us do have the luxury of free time to pursue our dreams after hours. Why are we wasting this on series and illegal downloads?

Success means different thing for different people. There are hundreds of self-help books available that prove this. Everyone has an opinion on how to accelerate your goals and keep you motivated. One thing is clear though, we can’t all quit our current jobs and jump straight into the dream. It’s high time I unglue my eyes from Downton Abbey. So this is what I did

Today I challenged my sister. She needs to complete her novel before the end of the year, and I will finally get started on the kids’ book I want to write. If one of us fails, that person needs to pay the other R1000.

We still need to figure out all of the T’s and C’s, but have said goodbye to New Year’s resolutions and hello to life goals. Join us by investing in your dreams and motivating another to try it too.

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