“People overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.”-Tony Robbins
There is something to be said about the fact that year after year people make the same New Years Resolutions, only to find that after a few weeks they lose steam, lose inspiration, and simply don’t care about that resolution anymore. Our one big lofty goal for the whole year falls apart after just a handful of weeks. Maybe this collapse is not because we don’t have the drive, the determination, or the ability to accomplish this goal. Maybe, instead, this goal just simply doesn’t come from the soul.
I believe our goals start to fall apart when we fixate on things that don’t matter in the long run. For example: every year one of the main resolutions people make is to loose weight or in some way become more “fit”. I think this happens when we start to confuse the value of our soul for the value of our vessel (our vehicle to travel through and experience life with). In the giant scheme of life and purpose and impact and meaning, where does loosing five pounds fall on the scale? My hope is that there is bigger purpose to all of our lives than loosing a few pounds.
When we set our goals for the things that we want our life’s impact to have, rather than things that are fleeting like our body, not only will we be more likely to actually follow through on our goals, but we will also gain a lot more out of that year and the years to come. In the words of Ariana Huffington, make your life about building a Eulogy rather than about building a resume.
Tap into your soul, connect with your purpose, tune in to what sparks your light, and I’ll bet this year you will accomplish more than you ever dreamed of.
PS if you don’t know where to start, keep asking yourself “why” and tune into stillness. Maybe the answer will come from that space.