I know you are super-busy making plans for New Year. Before you finalize on those resolutions and head out to your party, here’s some things you need to think about.
Know Thy Strengths
Years may come and go but what stays with you and helps you grow are your strengths. Instead of making resolutions which always talk about killing your weaknesses, try focusing on your strengths.
– What are the three best strengths I’ve been naturally blessed with? (These are the things which effortlessly come to you while all others around you seem to be struggling)
- How did I use them in the last year? (If you did not, you are missing the point. Start now!)
- What activities have I done in the past year which have made them stronger?
Focus on doing more of those activities and improve upon them. They will develop your skills which you can build and market. Also, these are the skills people will eventually pay you for!
Knowledge is Power. There’s no denying it.
But knowledge should not be confused with information. Every day we continue to read and absorb so much information thanks to Social media networks, Blogs and Newsletters. We often end up reading anything that comes our way in the hope of gaining knowledge.
Not all of this information translates to useful knowledge. In fact, less than 10% of what you read last year was useful to you in terms of increasing your knowledge in your interest areas. This can be changed easily by building conscious perspective.
Make a list of five topics you wish to learn and build depth in the coming year. Don’t choose all of them from the same area of life. Broaden your horizon. For example, you may choose topics which increase your knowledge about Life, Work, Health, Relationships, Spirituality or Love.
By choosing specific fields of knowledge, you will sub-consciously train your mind to focus on things which add value to you. As a result, the amount of time you will spend on reading junk is reduced. This has worked for me consistently the last 3 years and made my pursuit of knowledge more rewarding.
Try it and see the results for yourself.
Behavioural patterns are what you create through repetition of actions. Whether addictive or productive, they have been created by you without realizing that you have been reinforcing them by doing them over and over again.
All of us have certain behaviours we want to change. The only way to change them is by taking focused action.
Instead of listing 10 different behaviours you need changing, focus on two or three which are making you lose precious time, health and energy. Work on them and replace them with productive activities such as exercise, meditation or reading. The key is to distract the mind long enough during the craving period where the old behaviours assert themselves.
So there you have it.
3 strengths which help you build your skills.
5 knowledge areas which will help you build depth and make you wiser.
2 behaviours which you can change through replacing them by productive activities.
That’s 10 things which you need to do resolutely! You may also call them resolutions which don’t require herculean sacrifices (Just don’t forget them by February!). Hope they help you have an amazing new year and become a better you!
Here’s wishing all the readers of Stumble Upon Life a Very Happy New Year!