February 1, 2014
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I often ask myself: ‘Who do I want to become?’ and start listing the many things about myself that I want to change. This exercise ends up taking the whole day and providing an unimaginably long list of characteristic and behavioral attributes that need improvement, or change altogether.
Then a simple task becomes somewhat of an obsession that appears in everything I see; every conversation I hear; every smell that makes its way into my nose; every spec of dust that touches my skin; and every exotic taste that finds itself on my tongue. It takes over most of my thoughts, thankfully without hindering my functionality.
It is, I have to say, an exhilarating experience to purposefully go through this life-changing process of awareness. But, unfortunately, it does not leave me without more questions and on a clear path to whereas I want to go. And it often makes me wonder: ‘Am I happy with who I have become?’ The second question, however, usually leaves me more tryst.
Today, thought, was special, and I found myself, for the very first time, with an answer to my second self-inquiry: ‘I am happy with who I have become because there is still so much to do. And that means that I am alive and have a reason to continue on living; it means that, for now, there is purpose in my life.’
January 5, 2014
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I have to say that since the new millennium I have been taking my resolutions very seriously, rarely failing to achieve them. The trick, however, is not of my overly-diligent nature, but realism. Your goals have to be SMART, as per the notorious misters George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham. SMART is simply an acronym for: Specific-Measurable-Attainable-Realistic-Timely.
Anyway, I would highly recommend you to try setting goals based on these five criteria and you should not limit it only to new years. So what if you fail at meeting them? Just pick yourself up and try again next year or maybe before that.
For this year my goals are: learn to comfortably speak Turkish; write an additional 600,000 words, bringing my total over 1,000,000; and venture beyond my comfort zone.