I graduated from school 2 years before most of my friends will (not as impressive as it sounds). I've chosen a path that puts me in the lane of adulthood much earlier than most people and certainly earlier than I had anticipated.
I turned 20 on the 9th of this month. I think I have been very ambitious throughout my life. But now I need to organize those ambitions. I don't really go out of my way to make New Years Resolution's but this birthday, I thought to myself, "wow, next year I'm gonna be 21. What am I gonna make happen?"
WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN?
I made a list. I put it off for a couple of days because I was scared. If I put it in writing, then it was real. It became something that I truly wanted to accomplish and if I didn't then I would't be able to 'check it off' and what in this beautiful world is more satisfying than that?
We need to put this stuff in writing. You need to have the discipline to face your fear of failure. And quite possibly, alliteration.
Failure is very real and we should talk about it. It's one of the most reliable motivators. Quite frankly, if you don't want to fail, then don't.
Let's say that you want to workout every morning because you don't have time the rest of the day. You set your alarm for 6 am. Alarm goes off, you're groggy and really don't feel like getting up. You sleep another 1-2 hours and wake up at your usual time. Well, that's a bummer. Now you can't workout. If this was one of my mornings, I'd be pissed at myself and consider it a bit of a failure of a morning.
Don't let this ruin your day, learn from it. If there's one thing I know regarding this situation, once you're out of bed, the rest is a lot easier.
This all sounds pretty harsh but I'm not writing all of this for you to then think, "Okay, well I guess Annie wants me to beat myself up for one little thing I didn't do." Not the case! I want you to be nice to yourself, always! I, more often than not, take a page out of Scarlett O'Hara's book and believe that "tomorrow is another day!"
Acknowledge the things you can improve on and get that shit taken care of!
I'm not going to share my entire list but I will share a few things.
These are definitely not as high-stakes as other ones on my list but I don't want to tell you those because I don't think you have the security clearance.
Take a leap of faith, set your goals in stone.
Make it a great year!