Six months ago, I quit trying to improve my life.
I’d tried so hard for a year, setting myself targets, working on all my problems together and aiming to go From Dodo to Dynamite in a Year.
And, to be honest, I’d done OK, but I certainly hadn’t achieved everything I’d hoped.
Which was kind of depressing.
At that point I read some interesting advice from James Clear: forget about setting goals and focus on systems – concentrate on the day-to-day processes you use to work towards the things you want to achieve, and you’ll find you make progress towards your goals.
I’d just set myself a whole load more goals for the next year, but you know what I did?
Bother! The zombies are here already. I’m selling stuff at a boot sale, you see. And it’s only half past ten. Far too early for us to pack up and go home,... Read More
A man goes into a bar.
There’s an old guy in there, sitting all alone, looking gloomy.
“What’s up?” asks the newcomer.
“I really hate my nickname,” says the old guy.
“Oh, why?” he asks.
“Well,” says the old man, “I’ve been a carpenter for 40 years. Do they call me Sam the Carpenter? Oh, no.
“And I’m a keen photographer. I’ve taken over 10,000 photos in the last ten years. Do they call me Sam the Phototographer? Of course not.
“And I’ve been collecting all my life – stamps, coins, china. Do they call me Sam the Collector? No chance.
“But shag just one lousy sheep…”
You don’t need to let your mistakes define who you are
An error of judgment is something you’ve done, not something you are.
Whatever other people think or say about you, it’s still possible to rise above the shame of having made mistakes in the past, and make the effort to build a new future for yourself and your family.