I considered going back to my former, iron-clad resolution: “Make no stupid resolutions you have no intention of keeping.” My commitment – my resolve – has faltered, gradually, the last few years, and that’s one resolution I always managed to keep, till that day a few years ago when I decided to tempt fate and start blogging my aspirational goals for the coming year. This quotation helped me to quit smoking, so my first resolution is to read it and reaffirm my commitment daily till it’s all just a habit:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
— W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951
All goals ought to be SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Aspirational, Reasonable, and Time-Bound. So here goes:
That’s enough for now. No, one more: #12 – revisit the list monthly. Never subtract, but add as needed.