Let’s cut the crap. Life is short, you have less time than you think, and there are no baby unicorns coming to save you. So rather than doling out craptastic advice to you about Making!! It!! To!! The!! Top!!™, let me humbly ask: do you want to have a year that matters — or do you want to spend another year starring-slash-wallowing in the lowest-common-denominator reality show-slash-whiny soap opera of your own inescapable mediocrity-slash-self-imposed tragedy?
This is the first paragraph of an article recently written by Umair Haque for the Harvard Business Review, titled “How To Have a Year That Matters.”
Before even finishing that first paragraph, I was in love. (With the article, not Umair - although I am sure he is a top-notch guy.)
I am obsessed with writing like this. The ass-kicking, motivational kind that doesn’t sound cheesy or fake, splattered with clichés - just honest.
It asks the straight-forward questions. The questions that don’t bullshit you, but just gets to the point and gets you thinking.
- Why are you here?
- What do you want?
- How much does it matter?
- What’s it going to take?
- Who’s on your side?
This got me thinking about a lot of things. About a lot of decisions I need to make. Decisions that will make a difference in the rest of my year, and possibly my life. (Woah, scary.)
My mind started racing like crazy, but it was the good kind that brought a smile to my face and a feeling that good things are about to happen.
However, if I want this year to be one to really impact me, and one that I can be proud of, then they are decisions that I have to make (or start making) NOW, instead of sitting on my ass catching up on episodes of New Girl and stuffing my face with yummy chips and salsa.
Don’t let this year be another year that flies right by you. Grab it by the balls. Show life what you are made of.
Make this year matter.
And you can start by doing yourself a favor and reading the article now.