• 22 DEC 17


    2017 is about to end and 2018 is about to begin. Whether we like it or not. Whether we’re ready or not.

    There are many who can’t wait for 2018 to begin, but the truth is, most of us aren’t ready. We look back at our lives in 2017 and see all the goals and dreams that we didn’t accomplish. Of course, our blinders are usually on and we don’t see everything we did accomplish, all the little things that will make 2017 epic five years from now. Time is funny that way. So is hindsight.

    I want forward-sight though, what about you? I can already see countless heads nodding up and down.

    Forward-sight starts with knowing that 2018 will come and go just as quickly as 2017. No matter what we do or don’t do, a month will pass, then six months, until another New Year is bestowed upon us. Time will always move forward and we can never save it up for a rainy day. Hindsight shows us what we could have done differently, but forward-sight shows us what we can still do, what we can still accomplish, if we plan for it. But how exactly do we do that in a sea of resolutions?

    Refuse to set resolutions. I know, that sounds counter-intuitive, right? Stick with me and I’ll explain.

    Resolutions don’t work because they’re usually wishful thinking said out loud, with no practical action steps in place to make that goal a reality. When most of us say our New Year’s resolutions, we either think that resolution is a done deal, simply because we want it so badly, or once we begin our resolution journey, we start to see the immensity of our overall goal and become so discouraged that we give up. But planning to achieve a goal, with practical, bite sized, action steps does work.

    Every goal, every dream worth taking in this life is going to have an overwhelming “this is too big, I can’t do it” feeling. Because it’s bigger than us. As it should be. So with our newly found forward-sight, let’s sit and write down our goals for the New Year: Lose weight. Learn a new language. Go back to school. Write a book. Change careers. Read that stack of books on your dresser… You get the idea.

    Now, some of these goals, like reading a stack of books, is simple enough, but without an action plan those books will just collect more dust. In general, most goals can’t be accomplished overnight, let alone in a month. Some goals might even take more than a year and that’s okay, as long as we’re moving in the direction of our ultimate goal. The point of forward-sight is to already know what it’s going to take to succeed and to plan accordingly.

    So that’s what we do next: Write out each step we need to take to succeed. Sometimes that’s just the first 3 steps. That’s better than wishful thinking and the regret of hindsight. After those 3 steps, the next 3 steps will come to us. Sometimes we can write out every step and know exactly what we need to do, but we have to be careful to focus on one step at a time, so that we don’t become overwhelmed with what might suddenly seem impossible. Besides, it’s only impossible until we do it.

    Time is going to keep moving. Where do you want to be in your journey in April of 2018? What life do you want to look back on in 2018? Write down what you see, set it as your goal, plan your steps, and make it happen, one moment at a time. You will succeed.

    To the adventures of 2017, thank you for the laughter and the tears; thank you for making me stronger.

    Happy New Year, everyone! It’s time to start making 2018 epic!

    (by: Saskia Lynge)

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