Happy New year to you all. Traditionally New year is the time to make changes, think about our goals and generally make plans to improve our lives. This year however, rather than talk about resolutions and how to keep them or more commonly, why we break them I want to start the new Year off with a challenge to you.
Firstly let me ask you a question. What have you always wanted to do but haven’t as yet? I think that most of us have these things, tucked away at the back of our minds, the things that we want to do and will get around to someday. Each persons’ ‘Someday’ list is different but they all start in a similar way; someday I’ll write a book, someday I’ll volunteer, someday I’ll travel the world.
Last year I finally completed one of the items on my someday list. I wrote a book. I had wanted to write a book for a long time, but had always found a reason not to do it. My reasons were valid – not enough time, I don’t know what to write about, my grammar isn’t very good etc .
We all have very real reasons why we can’t do something but I want to challenge you to think about what you would achieve if you didn’t have those excuses. Yes excuse is a difficult word to swallow but that’s what it is. If you didn’t have any barriers holding you back, what would you accomplish?
When I finally let go of my excuses of why I couldn’t write a book I had no reason not to do it. It can feel uncomfortable to action a goal because it could go wrong. It may not live up to expectations. You may fail. But what if you did it anyway? What if you let go of the outcome and focussed instead on the experience of achieving something that you wanted to do? How many items on your ‘someday’ list could you complete?
The problem with ‘someday’ lists are that if you don’t challenge yourself to do them, if you keep believing in the excuses that you tell yourself about why you can’t, your ‘someday’ list will stay just that.
So I want to challenge you to pick one item from your ‘someday’ list and start planning to do it. Even if it’s not achievable this year I want you to think about and action the steps that would make it possible and I would love to hear about what you are planning to do.