Staying Stoked in 2014

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It’s about that time to make goals that you won’t keep for 2014. There are lots of goals. One being the quintessential goal to go the gym and get in shape. I give you a month before you give it up. Or you might want to do better at work, or improve your communication with your better half, or maybe you just want to make the goal to get out and ski more or bike or fish or whatever – in general to live a little better.

I’ve been reading stuff lately. And this stuff I’ve been reading is about goals and systems. What is a goal though? If I make my goal than I feel accomplished. If I don’t make my goal… than am I a failure? A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort, an aim or desired result. But what if we set our sights too high. What if we fail?

Failure is an ambiguous term. Some people who don’t accomplish their goals won’t see that as a failure. I am one of them. And I don’t focus on the end result because I like to focus on the systems that enable me to reach my goal. If I use realistic, manageable systems, then I know I will reach my desired result. But what is a system?

Let’s revisit the “I’m going to the gym / going to lose weight in the New Year” example. So many people go without the systems in place to accomplish their goal. They don’t have a workout plan, they don’t know what they are doing. They just want to lose weight. Or if your goal is to ride your mountain bike up the tallest hill, condition properly beforehand so you don’t get burned out on it. If you don’t have a routine or workout plan to use at the gym, you’re most likely going to get burned out and stop going. Do the research ahead of time and develop exercises or a plan to help you accomplish your goal of losing X amount of weight. Maybe the best system for people who want to lose weight doesn’t involve the gym. Maybe some of us should start small and do sit-ups and pushups at home. These are small systems that will eventually lead to living a little better.

I recently read a pretty sweet article on Semi-Rad about making goals in 2014. Brendan, the author, wrote down two simple goals for himself: 1. Do Things. 2. Make Things. Simple enough, right? The idea here is to focus on experiences and expression. He wants to do something truly beautiful. Brendan will have to develop the systems to accomplish his goals but he has left his goals wide open and variable. This way he can develop the systems necessary organically, letting him express himself variably.

Your goals in 2014 don’t have to be specific, but they don’t have to be broad. If you want to lose weight, then lose weight. But don’t hold yourself to something you can’t accomplish because the systems are too difficult to manage. Just be stoked in 2014. Live how you want to live and then make it better. That is what Brendan from wants to do. That is what I want to do. This is a lot to think about. But by developing systems that work for your life, you can become a better person.  Maybe you want to become a better tree skier? Develop a system that lets you accomplish that goal. If you go all in at once, you may just end up hitting a tree.

Paul Boyle, All Around Rad Guy

*Note – I could not find the original article about systems I read and that ultimately inspired this piece. However, when I asked the Google where it was, Google gave me 10,000 or so other articles that were just like it. To whoever wrote that article? Thank you. 2014 should be a good year for everyone who read your piece.

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One thought on “Staying Stoked in 2014

  1. Tori Sowul says:

    I just recently stumbled across this quote and it inspired my new year resolution, “Love yourself enough to create an environment in your life that is conducive to the nourishment of your personal growth. Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose.” – Steve Maraboli

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