2022 has been an eventful year with far-reaching implications for many people. From the crypto-winter and stock market madness that has decimated people’s wealth and jobs, to the war in Ukraine and the global economic crisis that has led to record-high inflation. And I am just scratching the surface.
Guess what, you/we, fortunately, survived 2020 smack in the middle of Covid, 2021 and now 2022. Why won’t we thrive in 2023?
I hear people aim for their ‘best year ever’ at the turn of every year and while this is a noble cause, I think it’s a wrong approach. I would rather you aim for a ‘better year’.
Let me explain.
Oftentimes, people set a grand goal(s) and when they don’t hit it at the end of the year they end up being sad and demotivated. However, if you set up systems to help you get to that grand goal the probability of success increases.
Systems help you stay focused and aid continuous improvement. This is why I said - aim for a better year. Aim to continually improve.
The beauty of having systems is that they can aid the attainment of various goals.
For example, say you want to stay in shape (in terms of your physique and health) but also have a headstart at work before everyone. Here’s a hypothetical system that may work -
Set alarm for 5am every week day
Have dinner before 9pm
No screen time by 10pm
Go to bed by 11pm
Wake up by 5am
Head to the gym by 5:30am
Lift weights at the gym for 30 mins
Spend 20 minutes on the treadmill collecting and documenting your thoughts and plans for the day
Head home and freshen up by 7am
Review emails and prep breakfast 7:30am
Remember this is hypothetical and the timing might not work for most people. However, the point here is, if you can come up with a system and schedule that helps you hit your grand goals, you’ll see that you’ll improve marginally every time’.
Waking up early will become easier, sleeping early will become second nature to you while also hitting your goals at work etc.
Lastly, as you look towards 2023, remember to focus and build on your strengths that spend too much time on your weaknesses. Most successful people found success by scaling the impact of their strengths than spending too much time trying to improve on their weaknesses.
What are you good at? What gives you the most ROI? Keep building on them in 2023.
See you on the other side.
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