It is a new year and everyone is so excited and ready to change the world. Underneath this mass optimism, however, many people are worried.
What if this year is worst than the last one?
What if it is more of the same?
What if, in the end, my optimism is wasted?
Well, I bring good news:
Your new year can’t remain the same if you make up your mind to do things differently.
And you will do things differently this time because you will apply the science of having a fantastic year.
But let me begin with an apology: there is no science of having a fantastic year.
It is a wild combination of concentious planning, determined preparation, gruelling hard work,and fickle fortune.
We can no more foretell the vagaries of fortune and chance than we can determine the roll of dice, but we can make plans.
And sometimes, plans go exactly (or better than we hope).
Many people don’t like to hear about fortune or favour. They like to think that anything and everything they have is a result of diligent, unrelenting labour. It gives them bragging rights, ‘I did that,’ ‘I killed that’.
Many other people like to think everything is by luck. And prayer. And chance. And lottery wins.
The truth is success and progress need both. Some labour, some favour and before you know it; you are having a fantastic year.
My inner statistician knows that for some people, fortune is likely to be responsible for all their wins.
But it also knows those folks are the minority. The rest of us have to contribute towards having the kind of year we want.
And that is what this post is about:
The first step to having a great year is to have some focused DREAMS. Look ahead and imagine some of the things you would like to be, do and have in 2020.
Do you want to be: a graduate? certified? married? a homeowner?
Do you want to: travel to three new places ? Save 5% more than last year? Read 20 books?
Do you want to have: a perfect GPA? A great figure/physique? A great wardrobe? A Canadian citizenship?
What do you want to be, have, do?
Do Some Research
Go a step further and do some research. What will it take for your dreams to come true?
How did other people achieve such dreams?
What can you do today to be ready?
If you want to travel to a new city, London, for example. Start thinking of the most likely time, consider the flight fare, look up accommodation options. Start saving. Apply for a Visa if you need one.
Some time next year and opportunity to travel to London might present itself. You will be more likely to make the best use of it if you prepared.
Or perhaps you want to go to school abroad. Start your research: Which school(s)? When? What are the admission requirements? How will you pay your fees? Are there alumni you can talk to to get a sense of the institution and its admissions process?
Do your research.
Now that you know what you want next year and you know what is required, make plans.
List the things that you need to do to achieve the results you want. Attach a timeline to them.
Determine what you will do and when you will do it to follow your dreams.
Fortune they say favours the prepared.
If you want a new job or a better job, then update your resume, sharpen your skills through an online course, shop for a great suit. Prepare.
Keep Making Progress
This is admittedly the hardest part. It is easier to stay comfortable and hope things will just suddenly improve. It is also less likely to lead you to a fantastic year.
So dont give up.
Keep making and tweaking your plans.
Celebrate your wins, big or small.
Document your journey.
Share your own tips and things that worked for you.
Let’s do all we need to do, and trust things to fall in place.
That is it. That is the science of a fantastic new year.
Keep me posted.
I am rooting for you!