I was going to write this article much earlier in the year. It would have been a perfect sequel to a “goals and resolutions” post but alas! This beautiful work of art that I call my blog did not exist when I had it in mind. As such, this is coming relatively late. I choose however to be unapologetic – as always.
The one thing I do want to apologize for however is my email delivery. A bunch of people have come to me to tell me that they don’t get email updates on my blog even after they’ve subscribed. I did a bit of research on that and I’ve pretty much found out what is wrong. What I haven’t found is a solution but until I do, please bear with me and perhaps most importantly, keep in mind that I post every Friday. So, whether or not you get a notification, you’re getting a blog post every Friday.
At the beginning of the year, you probably joined a bunch of people in shouting about how you’ll do this and that and those other things but quick question – how far with that? Because from this vantage point, you aren’t achieving anything besides an increase in use of social media and the phrase “school is a scam”.
For that reason, I decided to write this article as a sort of slap to your face to wake you up. I feel like if you can find out what the problem is, you should be able to get a solution. I could tell you you’re not achieving your goals because life is hard or because university is stressful but if you check out number 3 on my bad vibes post, you’ll realize that I’m not about that.
So, ehm, without further ado (or however they spell it), read this for no reason:
1. Your goals are most likely unrealistic.
For some people this is pretty obvious. I mean at the beginning of the year, you start out with rock solid determination. You’ve got the resources you seemingly need to complete these goals but you’re not being even a little bit realistic. Take for example, you’re overweight and the doctor has told you that if you do not lose some pounds very soon, you’ll be standing at the brink of a heart attack or one of those problems associated with obesity. So, you then tell yourself that “OK, starting next year, I’ll quit junk foods completely and I’ll start doing one hour of intense cardio per day.”
See anything wrong with that plan or I have to push it in your face?
The first problem you’ll probably encounter with that plan is the struggle to keep off the 1st of January goodies and at that point, procrastination must have set in. This is where being realistic is important. You’re not a computer that can just be reprogrammed, you need time to recondition your body and mind.
I also don’t know who needs to hear this or if it still needs to be said but your lazy ass isn’t buying a Benz this year if all you’re putting in is the bare minimum. Matter of fact, unless you’re planning a heist, you probably aren’t buying one in the next two years without the required amount of hardwork I’m pretty sure you’re not willing to put in.
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2. Your approach is all wrong.
Another reason you might not reach your goals at the end of the year is probably because your approach towards it is all wrong. Still using the ambitious obese guy as an example, he starts out his workout routine with one hour of warm up and forty repetitions of push-ups. Keep in mind that he is obese. Assuming that he can get through the one hour by some inconceivable miracle, after the first five push-ups, he’s very likely to give up. Why? Because he chose the wrong approach. He wanted to lose weight and he wanted to do it fast but things don’t work that way. If you’re wondering why you can’t reach your New Year goals, check your approach. That is probably the problem. Remember that small beginnings will eventually lead to greatness… I think.
3. Lack of persistence.
This one seems pretty obvious but I honestly cannot stress it enough. Persistence is the key to achieving any goal. That is not to say that if one method isn’t working, you should focus blindly on it. No! In that case, find another method but keep your goal in mind and don’t stop until you achieve it. If by chance you’ve given up already on your resolutions for this year or your goals, know that no great man ever succeeded by quitting half way. Persist and keep pushing so that at the end of the year, you’ll be able to look back, smile and say “I achieved _______ in 2019.”
I really just wanna mention that I drafted this article more than a year ago and I decided to edit it recently so it can be posted. I was tired and hungry when I wrote it so please ehn, bear with me if I seemed too mean. You know I kinda sorta maybe probably love you in a way. I do however hope I have made a point.
You really cannot go breezing through your life like smoke through air and then eventually fade out. You don’t have to “beat yourself half to death everyday” (and I mean that in every sense of the phrase) so that you can become the next Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci or some other big name I didn’t pay attention to in history class but you can make a difference in your own life. Get off your ass and actually do something. It’ll be hard but it should be worth it in the end as all things have proven to be.
But before I leave…
- Did you enjoy the article?
- What goals did you even set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
- How far with the achievement of those goals? Or are you just going to chicken out?