Push Hard, Stay Cool
If you recall my resolutions, I wanted to hit the gym after I moved. I have, off and on, but have been using the same amount of weights for a few months. I’m proud of myself for even getting to the gym, but now that I’m used to the weights, I need to add weight to my workouts or I will never improve. The same can be said for my blog, my retirement plan, and my personal growth.
I’m coming close to my sixth month and still going strong. In an effort to get myself to the next level, further my writing skills, and increase my capacity, I will be posting content on another website besides my own. I will constantly check myself for burnout, but I feel this will help me improve my self-management skills, too.
Last year, I knew I had a ton of expenses so I lowered my contributions to my company’s 401k. When the new year came around, I doubled my contributions to catch up. I had an idea that I would be spending less this year than last so I wanted to capitalize. In the past, I would have set it and forgot it. Make sure you check yourself before you wreck yourself.
One of my resolutions was to learn a European language because my wife and I had such a blast in Europe. I was going to use Rosetta Stone, but found an alternative from Mango Software. The Mrs. and I will tackle French. Salut!
After getting your routine down, don’t get complacent. This is the only way you can build more muscle, increase your capacity, and add confidence to all your endeavors. In theory, if you continue to repeat this process, you will get to where you need to go.
Can you blog more? Can you make more guest posts? Can you comment more? Can you control your spending more? Can you contribute more to your retirement accounts? Can you tackle one more resolution? If you bite off more than you can chew, you can always dial it back and regroup.
But if you get complacent, you will never improve and you could give yourself a double whammy. You will now have another activity that could put you in a rut along with your day job. You need to avoid this at all costs. So starting today, build capacity and confidence in all that you do. Who knows, one day we can all be cool like the Fonz.