Happy New Year. I hadn't actually written that yet, and though it's a week late, this post is the only one you need for making 2014 your best year yet. First we need to remind ourselves that our best year won't just happen upon us. It won't tumble down like snow, preparing a scene for Normal Rockwell to paint. Our best year ever is more like a hike up the snow covered hill so we can sled down and enjoy the ride.
We won't accidentally get better at our jobs or lives. The wonderful Brooklyn to Mars blog had this:
Similarly, in The Secrets to Happy Families:
All the researchers who've examined well-run organizations, championship teams, or successful groups of any kind have come to pretty much the same conclusion. Greatness is not a matter of circumstance; greatness is a matter of choice. And the best way to make that choice is to take microsteps. There's no grand defining action; no single gesture; no magic lever you can pull or button you can press. There's just a commitment to making incremental changes and accumulating "small wins."
Jerry Seinfeld was famous for writing jokes every day - no matter how good or bad they were. Jamie Rubin - science fiction author - is blogging his quest now. Life hacker Tim Ferriss backed an app that lets you track the daily accomplishment of things. John Saddington writes about the fallacy of moods, suggesting that we shouldn't wait for the mood to work. Tynan writes "Technique and strategy matter, of course, but not as much as sticking to it. " John Gruber wrote that each year the iPhone gets only just a little better, but look at the last ten years and - whoa! - life is totally different. Each one of these people is sharing the idea that little steps in the right direction matter, a lot.
A better life is not accidental and how much you do is less important than if you do it at all.
Want to be healthier? Walk more and drink water. Just do those things each day. Want to be a writer? Write 100 words each day. Want to make more money? Spend 15 minutes less on email and on a project that needs done. Do these things each day and they add up.
The seeds for this post were harvested from my review on The Compound Effect.