This is a post we like to make every year. Here’s to a great 2019.
Every New Year, I make the standard list of resolutions. They often involve exercising more and eating less. But this year more than ever, we’re on a search for Quality. And to me, quality means connecting with things and people that resonate, fulfill their purpose, and last.
Here’s a few ways I think we can all add quality to our stories in 2019 and beyond:
Find the Romantic Hook: Romance is the deepest connection we have bar none – the way we find joy in the smallest things. While it’s the most powerful of all the hooks, it’s also often the first to be let go under the grind of the day to day. Don’t let your love for the work and other people be buried under the incessant list of ‘things to do’. Fight hard and don’t let this go, above all else.
Listen to Better Soundtracks: Every piece of media we consume affects how we feel. Don’t waste much time on content that doesn’t reinforce who you want to be. Instead, find your soundtrack that inspires you to solve bigger and better problems. Then make it happen.
Find a Better Cast: Surrounding yourself with people that don’t dream the same way you do is also a killer. Cut their scenes as much as possible, and hang with people who want to share the same crazy life you do. That’s the best way to reach new heights. And the most fun. But you have to dare to let people go. That can be hard.
Produce Quality Content: Every email, every tweet, every Facebook post and video, reflects who you are. Your content is what fills your own personal TV channel, and if you want people to watch, you have to focus on quality. No, it will never be perfect, but it should add value and make people’s lives better when possible. Progress, not perfection.
Ignore the Critics: Producing (rather than just consuming) is risky business. You’re going to have to eventually throw stuff out there for people to see. Inevitably, you’ll get feedback that is negative, snarky, and mean. But maybe you’ll also get something back that’s positive. Feed on that to fuel the engine. Some of the best advice I ever got was to make sure I didn’t get dragged down by people who never had the guts to do it in the first place. Or as the Big Aristotle said, “If you want to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
The Big Questions and the Big Answers do matter. We all need to embrace that. And by stealing some of these resolutions, maybe we can all do well this year and put a ‘dent in the universe’. Be who you are.
Your thoughts for 2019? Let us know your advice below.