Two months into the new year and we should take a moment to check in with our resolutions. Remember those promises you made to yourself around January first? I think enough time has gone by since then that most of us have abandoned our resolution by now or better yet, never really even started. For those of you who say you’ve been doing good on your resolutions I can only say that you probably didn’t set the bar high enough.
In any case, we should take this moment to reinforce our goals so that we may see them through. We make resolutions to do away with our failings and motivate us to achieve more than we have thus far in our year and truly in our entire lives. Most, if not all of us know what to do to make things better. After all, when someone you know has a problem, it is easy to identify the problem, point out the solution and then proceed to instruct our dilemma plagued listener on the proper method of execution. When it comes to putting a finger on our own situation we are more often settling for an “oh woe is me” sob story or a use abused set of excuses. If we leap beyond the trauma, we can see the real problem in our lives, not just in the troubles of someone else.
While there are all manner of trials between us and our goals, the most common and most dangerous obstacle is simultaneously the most debilitating as well as the most satisfying; comfort. Often we settle on life, content to endure a long term of life despite daily grumblings, apathy, or absolute despair simply because it’s easy to dwell and then it becomes habitual until finally there simply is nothing else. As we resign ourselves to the daily grind, the ongoing acceptance of our shortcomings becomes comfortable. Even, after great success, submitting to comfort is akin accepting a long term death sentence.
. It is the natural state of man to be in a state of change and pursuit. Old world explorers wagered life to fill in the unknown blank spaces of the map. Modern explorers who venture to other worlds entirely are equally plagued by the pursuit of what lies beyond. Through it, they find motivation, adventure, even glory. Look to the lover who is never happier than in pursuit of love and invigorated by its trials rather than deterred by it. However once conquest has been gained and glory conferred, now what, what is next? We have to be reminded of the story of Alexander the Great who wept only when there were no more lands to conquer only to meet his mortal end soon thereafter.
The purpose of life is to serve and service comes through endeavor. Residing in comfort is a resignation of service. Strive anytime there is nothing to celebrate and when triumph ultimately comes, do not rest in it. Look forward to build upon success in whatever form you find it. Success can only be determined by your goals however large or small they may be. Success does not fall on you by chance.
It’s a simple idea that’s almost laughable when spoken of so greatly, but it’s not easy to deny truth. While I want to motive writers to keep writing and striving for their success stories, this applies to anyone in any situation. I wish you all the best and don’t get too comfortable.