Season’s greetings and a Happy New Year from The House of Iron Qualities.
2017 was a pretty crazy year – lots of changes, lots of upheavals. Some people liked it, others didn’t. But change – good and bad – is inevitable.
And that includes you and me. We’re not the same people we were 12 months ago. And at this time of year, we all tend to reflect on who and where we are in our lives; we identify what we don’t like and make promises to ourselves to fix these things. Most of the time these promises are quickly broken, but at least the intent is there.
Good intentions can lead to positive change
Ok, maybe you didn’t realise everything you planned or wanted to this year but if you set high targets for yourself and work towards them, you’ll be in a better place than you were yesterday. It’s like Vince Lombardi said:
“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we catch excellence.”
The recipe for success here is to always stay aware of what you want to do with your life and where you want to take it. Don’t just wait until the end of the year to assess how much progress you’ve made – do this regularly and recalibrate if needed.
I was guilty of not doing this enough in 2017. For a large part of the year, I was drifting, letting life take control of me instead of taking control of where I wanted my life to go. I lost focus on the Iron Qualities project and other things took up more of my time than they should have.
It should be the other way around – take control. Make things happen in your life. Don’t be content to simply allow things to happen to you.
Despite all that, I’ve learned new things and gained new wisdom this year. Sure, there are things I need to work on in 2018, and I’ll do that. And so should you. Have high expectations for yourself.
Aim high – Make big plans
There’s a tendency these days for people to be quick to hate, be negative and take offense at anything. Don’t fall into those traps. Focus on what needs focusing on to make you the best person you can be. Focus on building yourself up, not tearing others down. Use the Iron Qualities to guide you in this.
Then go out and learn through living, not just reading about it. Put yourself into the arena. Make mistakes, learn through experience. Take the positive from those experiences and use it to become the best version of yourself you can be. The more time and effort you dedicate to realising the high expectations you set for yourself, the closer you’ll get to that ideal.
But remember – the ideal doesn’t exist. Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s ok to feel that you’ve fallen short or that there is still more work to be done, because the work that needs doing is living. By at least trying to improve yourself, you’ll be a better person than you were yesterday. And the good news is that the journey towards self-improvement never stops. There will always be something new to learn and do to make you better than you were yesterday.
Happy New Year. Aim high in 2018