This first appeared as my answer to the question What will be your New Year's resolution for 2018? on Quora.
Less but better
The photo on the left was me in 2010. The photo on the right was me in 2017 (about the same as I am now).
There’s no secret to my transformation. It came from training hard, eating well and resting smart. The only other variable is time.
I didn’t begin working out with abs. I didn’t start with veins down my biceps, these things only came after showing up every day and consistently working on my craft.
My body is my canvas.
In previous years, my resolutions have always had one thing in common, “More X”, “Do more of Y”.
Not this year.
For the past year, I’ve been practising saying no. Saying no to as many things as I can. When you take on too much, you end up doing 80% of five things instead of 150% of one thing.
I’m still not down to having only one thing on my list but I’m getting closer.
When I look at the photo above, I realised the best successes in life all come from compound interest. Compound interest is not only a financial term, it’s everywhere. I plan on applying this knowledge to other areas of my life.
In 2018 I have three key focuses,
Relationships are what I consider most important in life. I plan on cultivating the existing relationships rather than striving to constantly forge new ones.
Any day with a mental and physical challenge is a day well spent, sometimes you can get both of these in one. It’s easy to be comfortable and want to find balance but all of the good things happen closer to the edge. Rather than avoiding challenges, I’m going to lean into them.
These topics are broad but and I’m an advocate of being specific, so here is a more defined list:
- Write every day
- Move every day
- Make 1 YouTube video per week
- Complete my Self-Created AI Master’s Degree
- Run a marathon
- Move to the US and start work at an AI-based startup
These are very similar to what I worked on through 2017. Rather than change everything because of the New Year, I’m going to keep working on them. I have to keep reminding myself, less but better. Worry about showing up every day and let compound interest take of the rest.
The last two scare me the most, that’s why I have to do them.