A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done. – Cardinal Newman
Tomorrow, we begin a new year. 2013 is almost here and some of us are still in the same place we were on 12/31/2011. I’m not talking geographically, financially, or physically. Sure, those are some aspects of our lives we want to change but today I’m focusing on increasing your levels of maturity in 2013.
I am not big on setting New Year’s Resolutions. They are pointless to me. No one day is going to change my way of thinking about life. (Notice that I said “I” and “my.” They might work for you.) What I am a proponent of is taking time on a regular basis to reflect and reevaluate what is going on in your life. Set goals and have timed benchmarks you want to use to measure your progress. If you want to remain with your current employer, identify steps you want to take over a defined period of time to move up either in position or pay grade. If you’re in school, the break you’re on is a perfect opportunity to figure out what kind of impact you want to have on your grade point average and collegiate experience this semester. If you want to grow spiritually, look into purchasing a Bible/Torah/Qur’an/etc. daily devotional.
I could go on and go on about ways you can grow but this post would be too long. So, in order to shorten it and still provide you with substance, I suggest that you read books and articles throughout the year on topics that you want to grown in. Your level of reading is up to you but you should read daily. My goal this year is to read at least 730 articles (2/day) and 26 books (1 every two weeks).
I saw another quote the other day that said something along the lines of “If you’re waiting to get all your ducks in a row, you’re just playing with ducks.” More than it is about 2013, it’s about growing everyday. So grow and take action.