I’m not one to follow the tradition of making a grand New Year’s Resolution, as I’ve talked about in previous years.]I mean it’s nothing but a waste of time. You wind up striving for an accomplishment that is beyond your capability. You start going to the gym to lose weight only to wind up back at the McDonal’ds drive thru about a month later. You go start your big successful business only to wind up bankrupt and jobless when you realize you're way above your head.
That’s the thing about New Year’s Resolutions is they're too vague and too big to ever truly make happen.
You gotta make easy goals, lazy goals -- small little ones you can actually do, even if it ain’t really that much. Accomplish “just enough”, not anything extravagant.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to make big moves. After all, you’ll likely burn out in attempts to do so, leading yourself to exhaustion before ever finishing what you set out to do.
Remember, slow n’ steady wins the race. Move like a sloth, climbing up that tree, to the top of your goal, nice and freaking slow.
Take things nice n’ slow, man, like our spirit animal, the good cuddly sloth. Relax on into your goals. Don’t push for them. Goal achieving doesn’t need to be any sort of hard work or vigorous effort. Make your life simple.
You’ll get there…eventually. Ah, the favorite word of a true procrstin8r -- eventually.
Eventually is not a time frame, but a mindset. You have in mind that no matter what, you’ll get there, you’ll make it happen, you’ll make do.
It may not happen tomorrow, or even really any time soon, but it will happen *eventually*, at some point, in the future.
This mindset alone makes it easier to accomplish goals because for one, you’re no longer pressuring yourself to achieve things by a certain deadline or due date. For another, you give yourself plenty of rest to have energy to actually get the thing done that you want to do, as opposed to exhausting yourself to the point of mental, physical, and emotional fatigue. And finally, you also have a positive outlook towards your goals, because even if you hit failure, it’s no big deal; you trust the process and will still get there “eventually.”
Now let’s take a deeper dive into why “Eventually” is better than a New Year’s Resolution
Deadlines are bullshit.
All they do is force things to get done within a certain time frame, not necessarily done with quality effort or even thoughtful effort. And it goes to say, the “deadline” of one single year, underneath a New Year’s Resolution is likewise, bullshit and absolute garbage.
Look at the amount of video games that are rushed to the shelves, to hit a specific launch date, only to be bug-ridden messes upon release. Had game developers taken the time to create, I don’t know, an actual functional product, instead of blitzing through the production process just to land the mark on a very specific date on the calendar, then they could avoid the whole causing PCs and consoles to crash on launch day thing.
Don’t be the game developer rushing their new game to the shelves. Take your time. Release the game…eventually. That is to say, don’t be so concerned about making your goal happen within a certain time frame that you negate doing any sort of good job at it.
Live life at your own pace. Do things when you want, if you even want to in the first place. And certainly, don’t put yourself under the pressure to enhance your life in an elaborate way within only twelve months.
The more you focus on being on time, the less you focus on doing well.
And even if you do manage to do well AND still meet the supposed deadline you set for yourself, well now you’re left completely depleted of energy, just completely drained.
Move forward, but not too quickly. Achieve but don’t overachieve. Accomplish goals but don’t *strive* for them.
Minimize effort and maximize results. That’s the key formula here. Put in a little bit at a time.
I mean how do you eat a whole elephant? One. Bite. At a time.
How do you travel 10 million miles on foot? One. Step. At a time.
How do you become a millionaire? One. Cent. At a time.
There’s a lot of pressure here, in this gun-ho work hard ‘til you die society that you gotta make something absolutely HUGE happen within a year. And if you don’t well that just makes you a lazy son of a bitch.
But so what if I’m a lazy son of a bitch? Look, I value my own sanity over the approval of others.
Aim to do the same. Stop giving a fuck about what people want or expect of you.
Live your life in such a way that you fulfill your own desires, not in a way that fulfills the desires of others.
Besides, most people that disapprove of your “lazy” ways have no independent thoughts or feelings for themselves. They follow a life protocol they’ve been handed as a child, and criticize anyone who doesn’t follow the outline (which they didn’t even write for themselves) to an absolute T as an adult. They basically never grow up and stick to the brainwashed beliefs they were force fed as a child.
It’s the reason people get upset when you don’t go to college or have kids or work a day job. That’s the story they were told to follow as kids and that’s the story they try to play out, even if they secretly don’t actually want kids or don’t want to work a corporate job.
They suck up and don’t complain, because that’s what “you’re supposed to do.” You’re supposed to go to school and get a good-paying job. You’re supposed to raise a family.
But us lazy sons of a bitches don’t suck up or buck up for anything we don’t want to participate in. People only hate us because we’re doing what they want, and they meanwhile don’t have the balls to do it.
Most people would rather fit in and be miserable, than do something different that makes them happy.
These corporate owners use this psychological need to belong against us.
The whole premise of the “get a good job, get married, have kids” timeline is just to make you an obedient little corporate slave who produces offspring and creates even more obedient little corporate slaves.
It’s all a ruse to keep you working and billionaires stuffing their fat wallets.
Your only freedom is laziness. Laziness allows you to do what you want, when you want as opposed to doing what you’re told to do and when you’re told to do it.
So when you’re told to make a Resolution, lay back in bed and give it a solid “No.”
I’ll tell what, fam, in regards to achieving a resolution in a year. That just ain’t happening.
I mean, let's be honest with ourselves here, Like, seriously. There’s really nothing HUGE you are going to accomplish within a single year.
That’s just simply not enough time to make any sort of significant changes to your habits, personality, mental, emotional or physical wellbeing.
I mean face it, 365 days is too little of a time frame to make these big moves everybody expects us to make.
Any worthwhile goal is going to take more than a year.
That’s a fact. Big goals take a BIG amount of time.
And one year is pretty short, in the grand scheme of things.
Here’s the thing about making a New year’s Resolution, in a nutshell.
A. You wind up burnt out before you even get a chance to make your NYR happen, or..
B. You get it done but wind up doing a very shitty job at it
Low and slow is the way to go. Be lazy about your goals. Embrace your inner sloth and climb up that tree…eventually. Don’t try to jump up the branches swiftly -- you’ll probably end up falling and hurting yourself.
Go carefully, slowly. Take it one little move at a time.
Don’t push yourself to get up and go and do something BIG by the year 2023. I mean, it’s not that you can’t or won’t do something BIG and admirable and noteworthy.
It’s just that, you’re willing to take a bit more than a year to make that happen. Procrastinate and put off your New Year’s Resolution ‘til later. You’ll do it….EVENTUALLY!
Take it easy,