Today is an incredibly important day of the year. July 1st. An opportunity to take stock of the first six months. How has it been so far? Are you accomplishing what you wanted? Are you halfway (or better) towards your goals for the year? Are they still relevant? Do they need updated, tweaked, or even completely scrapped? Did you fail to actually write any down at all?
Today is the day. If you failed to set goals, objectives, etc., today is a great day to put that in the rear-view mirror and set something down for the second-half of 2018. It’s not too late to accomplish something THIS YEAR that could change your life forever.
Or maybe, like Scott Adams, you’re not a goals person at all. How are your systems? Have you been following them? Made necessary adjustments? Are there any you’ve been letting slide? Any new systems put in place this year? How has that been?
Whether you’re a goals person or systems person, today is a great day to review your tool of choice and make tweaks, apply updates, or scrap the whole thing and start over.
It’s all going into the garbage for me.
“Become a millionaire not for the million dollars, but for what it will make of you to achieve it. After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.”
~ Jim Rohn
This is an important lesson to remember anytime we set out to accomplish a goal of significance. A strong commitment towards goal achievement is a worthy endeavor, but in the process don’t forget that the striving is the most significant part. Sometimes we fail, sometimes we fall short of the mark, and sometimes we even exceed our intention. Win or lose, it’s the effort that remains with us. Even when we accomplish or exceed our goal, the end result can be fleeting while the change in us, manifested by our efforts, is permanent.
Inspired in part by Derek Sivers, and in part by Michael Pollan (“Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”), here is everything I will be writing about over the next five years distilled down into a few simple statements.
Establish goals and work backwards.
Take action. Start now.
Create a no exceptions policy around the “engine” driving you towards your goals.
That’s it. I’ll be expanding upon those three points and ideas related to those three points for the next five years. I won’t run out of things to say. I currently have a backlog of 44 writing topics lined up for my next 44 posts. And generally for every one post I finish, I add two more topics to the list. But you don’t need to read any of them. Just follow the three directives above and you’ll be able to accomplish practically anything you set your mind to.
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