As you might know, I’m an advocate of creating a life map. I believe creating a life map can help you see the big picture of your life and its overall direction. It can help you plan your life effectively.
From reviewing my life map, there are two lessons I learned.
The first one is that I can only accomplish a few significant things in a year. I might aspire to do a lot, but I can only accomplish a few of them.
Like it or not, your capacity is limited. You can’t do everything. That’s why it’s important that you pick your battles carefully. You need to think it through before committing your resources (time, energy, or money) to something. If you try to do too much, you will either accomplish nothing or end up with a bunch of mediocre things. Ask yourself: Is it worth doing? Is it worth fighting for? Weigh the options before you make your decision.
The second lesson I learned is that significant undertakings usually take a multi-year effort. This blog, for instance, has been on its seventh year. That’s why, when planning what to accomplish this year, you need consider it from a multi-year perspective. Is it something that you are willing to commit a multi-year effort to? Is it something that you can keep building on year after year?
Think long term and think it through. Then pick your battles.
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