Achieving a New Year resolution: Hardworking alone not enough
In 2016, Kate and Lucy each planned to publish a novel. Kate started out completely focusing on the goal. She carried out an extensive research, compiling every information concerning her topic. When she was not catering to her family, she spent her free time to writing. Eventually, she got overwhelmed and stopped. By March, her New Year resolution ended unaccomplished. An unlikely outcome for a hardworking character. Unfortunately she had taken for granted the axiom that; “Hardworking alone is no guarantor of success.” Progress does not solely depend on stoicism. Success can also be achieved by cultivating a culture of a balance between work and relaxation, a lifestyle devoid of needless self-deprivation.
If Kate failed to accomplish her goal, how come Lucy succeeded? After all her situation was not very different from Kate’s. Besides writing, Lucy also worked part-time to support her family. However the secret to Lucy’s success lay in her approach to her New Year resolution. While Kate work relentlessly on her writing, Lucy focused, on her family, her work, and other things that mattered most in her life. On the surface, it appeared she did not write at all. Yet, by November, her book was already selling, with more publishing deals coming.
Lucy had understood the principle of success. Bill Burnet has a good write up on this matter. He suggested solving problems the same way an engineer would. Problem solvers should approach their issue by designing solution, just like an engineer would design a project. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.
Lucy learned to design the strategy to her goals, and that led to her seamless breakthrough. Instead of working excessively, Lucy utilized that knowledge, and created an atmosphere of positive energy, which powered her to the desired destination. We can also design solutions to our problems.
It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Mental preparation is an important first step. With the right mindset, you could even reduce the thousand miles to five hundred miles. Certainly, hardworking leads to success. But, it is equally effective to learn from the experience of other successful people. You don’t want to spend an entire year trying to achieve your resolution. To understand how to succeed in a fast-paced world, I recommend Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, or Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Besides the those books, there are plenty of other resources for anyone looking to learn how to get things done. Just make sure you are looking at the right place.
A famous entrepreneur, Tai Lopez recommends reading every day, he insist that’s the key to success. You can watch Tai give one of his lectures in the TED video below.
I wish you a successful year.