TL;DR – Happy New Year! 2015 was an awesome year for me. I made some cool new friends, built on my strong relationships with my old ones, and finished my 17th year of education. I achieved all of my goals for the year. To achieve your goals I recommend putting yourself under pressure. Pressure is a catalyst for achieving your goals. Whenever you perform under pressure it reassures you, builds confidence in your ability and shows yourself that ‘THERE IS MORE IN YOU’.
Happy New Year everyone!
To those of you visiting from my personal Facebook, I did warn you I would have a New Year’s essay.
Firstly what a year 2015 has been. I hope everyone has brought the New Year in style and are all set and refreshed after January to smash out 2016!
Thank you to all the friends, old and new, who have made this past year as awesome as it has been.
People will tell you over and over “You have to set goals if you want to be productive” and frankly that is because it’s true. If you don’t set goals, what are you aiming towards?
Most of you will already have started towards your goals and resolutions for the New Year filled with excitement, enthusiasm and ambition – I know I am.
To recap, 2015 has been the biggest year in my life…
From seeing some of my favourite bands play at Soundwave in Melbourne; juggling 4 jobs while studying my Honours; being crashed into and losing my car; finally getting my DYEL ass to squat 200kg (440lbs); and lastly finishing up my 17 years of education.
I set the usual fitness, academic and financial goals but I also set quite a few new goals around personal growth (reading, relationships, flatting and networking in my case).
I am proud to say that I accomplished every single one of my goals for 2015.
Enough about me, what can you do to achieve your goals?
How can you maintain your drive and motivation and not fall into a slump? Are you ready for some cliché #motivation!?!? Well I am not a motivational speaker or a published author or anyone of real authority really, but I truly believe that what I cover in the next few paragraphs will be beneficial.
Firstly, something we learned way back in high school – you should be setting SMART goals (google if you don’t know what they are). Generic, unoriginal timeless advice. There, I’ve checked that box.
Personally though, and what I want to talk about today is putting yourself under pressure (queue queen song).
PUTTING YOURSELF UNDER PRESSURE GUARANTEE’S RESULTS
I am a firm believer of throwing yourself in the deep end and learning to swim (in the words of Drake) ‘real-quick’. Learning to thrive under pressure is a crucial life skill that will be the difference between where you are now and where you want to be.
Pressure is the catalytic factor in many areas of life – be it weight training, chemistry, physics, cooking, flying – why not be a catalyst in your personal growth?
When you do this, you force yourself to perform and you grow as a person, finding out how much further you can push yourself.
For those of you that have done an Outward Bound course, you will be familiar with the motto ‘plus est en vous’ literally meaning “THERE IS MORE IN YOU!”.
It has been 5 years since I did Outward Bound and this phrase still motivates me today. When you come out of an experience where you pushed past your perceived limits, there is a euphoric feeling and a desire to test yourself again. This renews motivation.
One of the books I read last year was ‘The Obstacle is the Way’ by Ryan Holiday. One of my favourite quotes from that book is “Just because the conditions aren’t exactly to your liking and you don’t feel ready yet, doesn’t mean you get a pass. If you want momentum you have to create it yourself.” – This passage was actually highly influential on the creation of this blog.
You have to generate your own momentum and I think nothing achieves this faster than by causing yourself to ‘NEED’ to do something instead of a weak little ‘want’ i.e. for instance a little over a month ago I had quit all my jobs to finish out my Honours year and I was staring into the empty pit of my bank account looking at $7.86. I needed $230 to pay rent and expenses for the next week (a little bit more would’ve been nice as I did want to eat) and I somehow ‘NEEDED’ to make that happen. Now this is not an ideal position and I don’t recommend living this much on the edge as a habit, merely using this as an example. I had put myself in this position where I NEEDED to get this money, I HAD to create my own momentum, create time and get some form of work. Under the pressure and because of this NEED it happened.
Now without blowing my own trumpet too loudly, I have to recall how I ‘walked the walk’. It would be disingenuous of me to preach this philosophy and not act upon it!
A few Examples of how I succeeded under pressure:
- Juggling 4 part-time and casual jobs while studying my honours.
- Being the first person in the history of my university to use MASSIVE PRIME and trying to learn and write my Honours on a software that there is little to no public information on.
- Training while in a calorie deficit on a major budget with very little sleep and still #makinggains.
- Staying up for 61 hours straight to finish my project for exhibition.
It’s a month into 2016 now. I am excited about this year and you should be too.
Remember, no matter how much you smashed 2015… “THERE IS MORE IN YOU”
P.S. One of my goals was to make this blog during my spare time, thank you for sitting through the first post I have ever made!