You’re into the second full week of it. A new set of ten. It’s 2011. How will this next decade define you? What about this next year?
Don’t let the opportunity of another beginning slip into the weeks and months ahead, leaving you shuddering one year from now at the could, would, and should haves of the previous year. Don’t let your dreams sleep for another 52 weeks, and God forbid, don’t let them die. You’ve been down there, Neo. You know that road.
Do grab this moment to recover hope. Oh, I don’t mean to sound like another cheesy motivational speaker shouting tired clichés and holding your hand as you walk over hot coals. But I believe one cliché is still universally accepted. Whatever it is you’ve aspired to do, just do it.
Here’s how in three steps:
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1. You MUST pause. No excuses. If you don’t intentionally choose to set aside some time to establish your plan of attack for this year, come January 2012 nothing in your life will have changed — except your age and a few more wrinkles.
I recommend a bare minimum half-day, uninterrupted, to consider where to direct your life this year. Half a day. Bare minimum.
If you’re married, ask your spouse to do the same. Then talk about it. No, not in the mirror. Together. And don’t shoot down your spouse’s ideas and hopes. Let them flow. Discuss how you can reach your goals together.
And better yet, take it one step further and check out Bradley J. Moore’s post, Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical. This post was featured on Michael Hyatt‘s blog (Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers). I love Moore’s first two: Take a day off and Schedule time for nothing. Wow, imagine that. I think I’ll take two days off.
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2. Stop griping about the economy. It could be worse. I’m preaching this to myself, by the way. But c’mon, let’s get over it. For those of us living in the United States and other well-developed countries, is it really that bad? I’m not downplaying the roughly 9% of unemployed U.S. laborers (as of this posting date). It is very real to the millions of individuals and families without jobs.
I suppose I tend to sift my own whining through the filter of underdeveloped countries. Even a bad day without a job in America is a great day through the eyes of those living in fear of tyrant leaders and starvation. Smile over the blessings you do have, and give someone a hug today.
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3. Just do it. No, really. Get on with yourself. Get on with your dreams. Get on with your life. And no hiding behind the age excuse.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, a.k.a. Grandma Moses, didn’t begin a serious painting career until her late 70s. Charles Perrault, known for Cinderella and other popular fairy tales, wasn’t published until age 69. Political activist Granny Haddock (right) walked over 3,200 miles across the United States at age 89. Pardon my assertiveness, but don’t give me that “I’m too old” crap.
This final link from Bradley Moore will charge you up with some not-so-ordinary goal-making ideas. Bradley shares how to begin conquering your world in 2011 in his post, How Are You Planning to Grow in 2011?