“100 things to do before you die, 25 exercises you should try today, the top-50 places to visit on your next long weekend, etc etc…”
Now, they can be motivating can’t they? If you’re at all like me you see those lists and your think “hot dang, I’m gonna do that NEXT year! Yeah, that’s going to be great!” Shiny objects or not, I’m.All.Over.That. Next year. (haha)
You know what I dislike most about those lists? I’ll tell you, it is that they are so appealing. I know I can’t hit the whole list any time soon, but I just can’t take a look and not google/wiki/map/research all of them anywaysss. You think DOING all of those things takes time? Try researching them. THAT takes time.
With all these things that seem to be demands on our time, we need to realize:
1) they are not demands, only suggestions – really nice suggestions – so don’t feel negative pressure.
2) they are someone else’s ideas – not yours – so keep in mind they may be wrong.
3) there are actually a million and one things to do – no such thing as a top-10, 50, or 100 – so feel free to write your own list.
I was speaking with a good friend of mine today. He’s a motivated guy… but kind of a “sleeper” who you might not know to be a go-getter. He’s a go-getter indeed, but under the radar. He’s done some pretty extraordinary things but doesn’t talk to much about “motivational mumbo-jumbo” and that like. He just does his thing.
He shared something simple with me that I’m going to implement for 2013: start keeping a “firsts” for each year. Just write down the things that year that you did for the first time ever. It got me thinking about 2012 and if there were any notable “firsts” in my life… there were, but not quite enough for my liking.
If I’m really the go-getter that I picture myself to be, I need to get a few more firsts jotted down. What are your next firsts going to be??