I finally got around to starting a blog. I’ve wanted to start one for a while, but never really thought of a topic or theme that I wanted to follow throughout. So I’ve decided to make this blog as informal as possible and post anything that I find useful including tips, advice, reviews, comments, or just plain rambling. To start the new year, I’ve set a few new year resolutions for myself and narrowed them down to the top 5 goals I hope to achieve this year as well as advice for others.
1. No more wasting your days – not a single one! Set a purpose or goal, and always aim to achieve that goal. Life is short and shouldn’t be wasted. Take charge of your days! I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve wasted quite a bit of my time over winter break deciding what I wanted to do and accomplishing nothing. So take charge of the moment, and make the most of it.
2. Focus on what’s important. Prioritize and remind yourself of what matters the most to you, otherwise you could forget what you’re living for. Forgetting about little matters that don’t concern you. Spend your time focusing on your goal, and go for them. You’ll find that the amount of energy you save from little matters, can make a big difference when you’re trying to accomplish your goals.
3. Embrace failure and take risks. College is one of the few moments in your life where you are encouraged to take risks and one of the few times in your life when you can take the hit. Use the failures to learn and adapt. College is the time to explore new opportunities, make mistakes, and take chances. If you come out of college with only a degree and nothing else, you’ve done something wrong. Take risks and accept failure.
4. Don’t undervalue your friends. More often than not, it’s your friends who influence your lifestyle and it’s important that they play a beneficial role in your own personal growth. I place my friends as a top priority. If you aren’t constantly fortifying the relationships you currently have, they’ll eventually fade away. Maintain your friendships. Keep those who add value to your life, and discard those who only bring you down.
5. Finally, don’t ever say you can’t do something because of money, time, people, etc… There will always be an excuse to not do something, but the only thing that stops you from doing something, is yourself. If money is an issue, go out and look for grants, funding, and scholarships. If time is the issue, make time. Unless you’re a billionaire, I find it hard to believe you don’t have time to achieve your vision. Find activities that take away from productive time, and eliminate them. No matter what this New Year holds, create a list of goals, and work towards achieving them. There is nothing holding you back except yourself.