You agree that New Year resolutions are a waste of time. Most of us make resolutions only to let them die in a matter of days or weeks. Frankly, I stopped making resolutions years ago. Instead this is what I do.
I ask just one question to myself –
What is important to me?
Once the goal / priority is set, I go on to ask
How do I get it?
This gives me the method.
Finally, I write down the action steps.
Let’s say, it is important for me to be and feel healthy. It is indeed very important. One more condition, I don’t want to spend money to feel healthy.
How do I get it? Join a Gym, hire an instructor, go for a brisk walk every morning or jog. Or, do yoga!
Now, I know joining a Gym is not going to cut it out for me. Going for a walk or jog is also not my cup of tea. All this has not worked for me in the past.
However, a quick warm up inside my home followed by a set of Surya Namaskars works just fine for me. I am able to stick to it and it has done wonders to my health.
Remember, it begins with the question –
What is important to me?
The focus that you get because of this one question is magical. You suddenly realise that there is more fun in the journey than in reaching someplace.
One of my favorite writers, Bernadette Jiwa, puts it this way:
You get to where you’re going when you know where you’re going. You enjoy the journey when you know why you’re going there. Read more
Often it’s not what we start doing that makes a difference, but the thing we stop doing that creates the biggest shift. Maybe the growth and change we want begins with subtraction. Read more
Money and You
When it comes to a question about money, here’s a suggested one for you
What do I want my money to do for me?
Don’t go mad making more money or trying to double it in 2 years.
Give money a purpose, a goal and see the magic happen.
Simple! I have often times seen that once you ask the question, you realise that you don’t need to add anything more. Instead you take away stuff. The act of subtraction adds to your happiness.
Now, how about asking this question along with me in person?
Yes. If you are in Delhi/NCR on Jan 20, 2018, come and be a part of my “Money and You” workshop. Let yourself open to new possibilities about money and investing.
By the way, asking the question is not limited to the beginning of the new year. I ask this question frequently to understand and reemphasise on what is important to me.
Life is too short to live someone else’s dreams.