This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to resolutions for the next twelve months. This year I also considered what to give up for New Year’s. Two articles drove my thinking, the first being 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want to be Successful. I realize that the title is designed to pull you in…and I took the (click) bait. Nonetheless, there were some interesting suggestions (and corresponding quotes), including;
- Give up your perfectionism (“Shipping beats perfection.”)
- Give up your need to control everything (“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.”)
- Give up the toxic people (“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”)
- Give up your need to be liked (“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.”)
The second article was from Robert Glazer’s Friday Forward blog entitled Why You Need a Stop Doing List. He notes that, “The most successful people and businesses know how to focus on what needs to get done and what they need to stop doing to make that happen.” Glazer is especially focused on the excuse of being too busy to get the right things done.
Saying no to something allows you to say yes to things that matter. Author Rebecca Solnit, in her book The Faraway Nearby, describes how she finally said no to the inner voice of her mother in order to get to the yes of living her own life.
“That yes (to accept a spur-of-the-moment trip down the Grand Canyon) was a huge landmark in my life, a dividing point. I’d wrestled against the inner voice of my mother, the voice of caution, of duty, of fear of the unknown, the voice that said the world was dangerous and safety was always the first measure and that often confused pleasure with danger…(the voice that) feared mistakes even when the consequences were minor. Why go to Paradise when the dishes weren’t done? What if the dirty dishes clamor more loudly than Paradise?”
Figure out what to give up that is wasting your time, as if you think you have time. Which dirty dishes in your life are clamoring more loudly than Paradise? As that great American philosopher Mae West said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Have a great week and a 2019 where you say “yes” to the things that matter.
More to come…
Image: DJB fly-fishing…and saying yes to things that matter.