2011 is about to expire!
Have you made your resolutions for 2012?
So, this is what I've been thinking... I decided to not make any resolutions this year. I am not promising myself anything. I'll just keep going as always... head over heels, following my passions, taking care of my interests. But no promises! You know why?
Because it seems that in each promise there is a load. Nobody really likes to have a load on his shoulders.
So, when we are pestered - even by ourselves, our productivity falls. And we get frustrated, and then, we really don't accomplish what we had in mind. Pressure and obligation (and consequently frustration) are not compatible to real success. We may get some results, but not real success.
What's the difference?
Success is the pleasure and complete satisfaction that we find in any process or result. We can achieve any result, but without real satisfaction it's not real success.
Sucess is a state of mind. Success is to be accomplished inside, is the joy of being, regardless the outcome!
You may give up on a project, but if you do it with joy it's a success, not a failure! On the other hand, you may earn your PhD next year, but if it is only for status, obligation, a whim, a need to prove something, or if you are forced to do so, say, for professional reasons, and you don't really enjoy it... Well, you may get very good results... but I wouldn't say that it is a success!
So, my thought today, a few days before a new calendar cycle, is: I am enjoying what I am, do, and have today! If I keep thinking like this for the 366 days of 2012 I will accomplish much more than if I just try to stick to old resolutions. I'd rather be in a balanced and happy state of mind than pressured by promises (which frustrate me when they cannot be met).
Maybe the best start is to not wait for the new year to start! And to not grow up! Let's be silly, be smiley, be wise, while we grow older... but let's not grow up! Grown-up people have too many obligations, make too many resolutions, are always under pressure, are grumpy and unhealthy!
Let's nurture the kid inside us, no matter what's our age in numbers. It doesn't matter a bit! There is no age - passionate and successful people are ageless! Be one of them you too!
By Rosangela C. Taylor