Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New-Year find you a better man. — Benjamin Franklin
Cheers to another 8,760 revolution hours around the sun. It’s 2017, and I have decided to shake, not stir my intoxicating ambitions to quench my thirst for a changed life. In years past, my New Years’ resolutions were propped up, puffed up proclamations, which were pushed out of the way, as soon as I botched an attempt to exchange a bad habit for a good one.
Over a period of a decade, I have had many starts and stops with creating content for my website. Along the way, like most New Year’s resolutions, the sun illuminated brightly along my path, and suddenly I was drowning in the rain puddles of shallow promises. At which point, all my creative endeavors, drown in the sea of “to-dos” not done. As I do the work, I’ve learned to stop romanticizing the creative process of writing as spontaneous spurts of genius and now I revere the consistent practice of the craft. My self-governing principle is to be consistent. Consistency is the celebrity of life. In the fourth quarter of 2016, I applied a few brush strokes to the canvas of courageous and creative living to create, consumable communal content. I held an experiment to publish weekly stories. By year’s end, I published ten stories, three short for my written, shared quarterly goal.
A Revolution. Not a Resolution.
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. – Cavett Robert
In a 2014 study, conducted by Australia’s biggest comparison websites finder.com.au, the most common reason for individuals failing their New Years’ Resolutions was; 33% didn’t keep track of their progress, and about one in ten respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.
It is no surprise, I’ve defaulted on my promissory note to change. Now, I am making incremental deposits into a new instrument to yield greater returns in my life. The instrument is consistency. Consistency is the catalyst for my performance in the goal marketplace. Like all market indices, I fluctuate in my goal performance. Over time, however, my consistency pays dividends. To keep track of my goal investments, I plot my progress on a large wall calendar. My approach is to commit to three goals per quarter to limit my exposure to diversification risk. Learn more about my quarterly goal setting technique here.
As I sip and savor over my glittery goals that I have drenched in my heart, my experiences have revealed to me; life is variable. Therefore, my continued focus and rigor with staying the course of my goals in 2017 and beyond is the pulse to my long-term commitment and sustained action in the creation process. My method is to iterate and therefore get better with time. The genesis for my writing rigor came with the commitment to write a book. One thing I know about writing, it’s a muscle, and I must exercise it multiple times throughout the week to see the form I desire. I’ve given vision to what shape that will take by year’s end. At the velocity of publishing a weekly story, I will have written a 300-page book.
Motivation, Mission & Values
Simply, I write to serve and share with others. My aim is to relate to the world differently, through deeper wells of connection assembled in my written words and my spoken voice.
My personal mission is to curate specialty products, create handwritten and spoken words, that spread smiles, stimulate souls and connects us to our sameness.
My values are the hieroglyphics for my humanity. It is how I remain committed to the achievement of my mission. My personal values are love, wellness, kindness, and relationships. My values are at the center of my soul while achieving my mission. It is the unifying force that defines who I am, what I strive to be, and how I serve others.
The core themes that make up my daily work allow me to exercise my values and fulfill my mission. Essentially, my daily work are the pieces and patterns that shape me.
How do I do it?
“As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
My core themes are the organizing principles which instrument my life’s greatest hits. It’s how I self-standardize for skillful living.
My calendaring method keeps me focused on the micro activities that mold the macro landscape of my life. Most vectors of my life are illustrated on my calendar unless the pattern/practice is embedded deep within. If it is not calendared, it doesn’t get considered, unless you are my Grandmother, then all matters are trumped for Queen Bee. Read about my Grandmother here. I iterate often, recalibrating the ineffective activities and patterns. I recheck my calendar to remind me of my commitments. Without my calendaring technique, my neck would have an out-of-order sign hanging on it perpetually.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
It is said, you are 20% more likely to achieve your new year’s resolutions if you make them public.
Here are my overarching goals for 2017.
- Eradicate all consumer debt.
- Pay my business taxes on schedule.
- Publish 52 stories.
- Publish 26 podcasts.
- Read 36 books.
- Relaunch https://rochelleaross.com/
- Quit sugar three days a week.
- Introduce one specialty product.
- Go on one date.
- FEAR LESS. LOVE MORE.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Ten Tips for a Better New Year
I invest consistently in being better. This is what I’ve learned about the goal setting process:
- Abandon new year’s resolutions, create goals instead
- Write your macro goals down for the year
- Break down your macro goals into a few micro goals, per quarter
- Share your goals with others
- Establish a method to achieving your goals
- Commit to consistency in your goal methodology
- Tweak the method, if your approach is preventing you from reaching your goals
- Be patience with yourself, if you missed reaching your goals
- Carry unfinished or missed goals to the next quarter
- Reach goals and Rejoice!
Join me in creating a changed life. Share your 2017 goals. Many thanks.
Please read my other written work.
- My 6 Areas of Reflection from 2016 (with My Humorous Wisecracks), My Oath for 2017, and My Goal Setting Technique
- The Ultimate Review of “The Rosie Project,” and Why Bill Gates and I are Soul Brother and Sister
I adore you for reading my blog.