One of the books I read in 2016 spoke about how a man who suffered from numerous physical ailments in his youth, battled bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts, and struggled with his career. One day, he resolved that for one year, he would act as if everything he started would turn out a success.
That man was William James, who was later hailed as the Father of American Psychology, and that year marked the beginning of numerous personal and professional successes. Now, while searching online, I can’t find other articles that corroborate the book’s narrative, so take all this with a grain of salt.
That being said, it’s a great lesson, and one that I tried to apply at the beginning of last year. That’s why I’d resolved to do something new each month (for the record, my new thing for December was Adelaide). I’d always had a mental list of things I wanted to do someday… and last year, I ended up doing a lot of them!
Come to think of it, I didn’t really have that “do everything as if it’ll turn out a success” mentality the entire year. There were a lot of times where I felt like giving up on my goals, or just coasting along, reacting to whatever life threw my way… but I’d like to think that the mindset permeated the “do something new every month” structure I’d set for myself, even if it wasn’t at the forefront of my consciousness.
And now that the 2017’s over, I can’t help but think… dang, so many things have changed. I’d previously complained that sometimes it felt that years just blended into each other, with nothing really happening, but now I find myself at 2018 in a totally different place from where I was last year.
So here’s to 2018!