Thoughts On New Year’s Resolutions

“If Resistance couldn’t be beaten, there would be no Fifth Symphony, no Romeo and Juliet, no Golden Gate Bridge.” — Steven Pressfield

“I free myself not by trying to be free, but by simply noticing how I am imprisoning myself in the very moment I am imprisoning myself” ― Rick Carson

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” — Bill Gates

  • Figure out who you are right now
  • Figure out what you want to be
  • Figure out the skills and traits you need to become that version of yourself
  • Figure out how to develop those
  • Work on their development every day
  • Just forget about motivation, cultivate discipline and struggle through bad days and emotional roller-coasters that are inevitable
  • Learn about your mind and it’s resistance patterns. For that, you have to cultivate observation practices such as meditation, contemplation, journaling, etc.
  • Visualize your envisioned self every day, review your goals every day, reflect on your progress every day, for the whole year.
  • Go through the process of trial and error, get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable and confused, surrender to the fact that you have to go through emotional labor to change anything worthwhile.
  • On your worst days, when you truly want to quit, remember that it won’t always be this way, because nothing stays the same.
  • Try to enjoy the process, have a positive attitude, and be grateful towards yourself that you are taking responsibility for your life.

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance” — Steven Pressfield

“If you are aware of telling yourself you should change, your gremlin has got you buffaloed. Should, ought, and must are gremlin terms that dampen the spirit of experimentation. Instead, simply change for a change. Play around. As you become aware of an outdated concept or an old habitual behavior, consider playing with changing the behavior.” — Richard Carson

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