Dare to Defy Odds and Make 2013 the Most Meaningful Year of Your Life
13 has always had an eerie ring of horror to it and by the major accounts, this New Year, 2013 is set to live right up that reputation.
Here in Jamaica – well, they didn’t even bother run a poll. #Foregoneconclusion.
But…You Can Defy the Drab Prospects
It is against this bleak backdrop that I extend a most audacious challenge to you: How about we work to Make 2013 a Stand Out year – a year of uncommon exploits, never to be forgotten?
I have written 7 articles, challenging you to make serious commitments in 7 areas of your life this year.
These commitments, I am suggesting, will transform your life even in the midst of a turbulent year. Moreover, they will ensure that at the end of this horrible year, you are stronger, wiser and more ready than ever to take advantage of new opportunities.
Why You Should Care About “Bad Years”
Ever said, or heard a friend say, “Man, last year was just a really bad year for me personally”…?
I wrote this series because I believe, especially as young adults; neither you nor I can afford “bad years” in our lives.
And, with all the predictions in the world saying it will be ‘oh so bad’ socially, politically and economically – it’s clear to me, we must work double time to prevent the impact of it in our lives.
This Is Our Only Time
Bad years and hard times bring at least 3 things that do a lot more than make the present unpleasant – they attack the foundation of a great future.
We must be fanatical in our efforts not to have “bad years” as though they were like bad days. Two reasons:
1. We only have so many of these years to spare:
People like Dr. Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade are correct – “Thirty is NOT the new Twenty.”
Those of us long past the age may feel a sting of regret in reading this but the jury is in: what we do in our twenties really does matter.
Life does not begin when we want it to; we only decide when we’ll come alive to life.
2. Bad years are horribly destructive to our future:
Because “bad years” bring three things:[pullquote align=”right”]At the end of a bad year, you may find yourself more aged but no more mature; older but not wiser; bigger but not stronger; a head and shoulder taller than everyone around you, but not an inch more elevated in their eyes and estimation.[/pullquote]
In the bad year – there is a deficit of positives. Less meaningful interactions, less things read, less feeding of your imagination, less exercise, less healthy habits, less activities that matter, less, less, less.
Slowly, over the course of the year, your mind and body alike become flabby. The networks you were building disperse. The fitness you had wanes, the strong positive resolves you had are weakened, the bright, colour dreams are noticeably dull.
A bad year in your 20s (any point of your life! But especially here) is not “just another bad year!”
At the end of a bad year, you may find yourself more aged but no more mature; older but not wiser; bigger but not stronger; a head and shoulder taller than everyone around you, but not an inch more elevated in their eyes and estimation.
Sadly many of us are still 13 going on 30.
I challenge you: Make this year different! Change the script. Read the series. Defy the odds.
Are you ready to face a New Year? How do you plan to meet it?
This is part 1 of a 7 part series “Make 2013 a Stand Out Year.”
Read the other posts in this series: