By 2012-12-30 00:00 UTCon
One week left before going back to "normal life" in Vietnam. This trip in Thailand so far has been a great occasion to get out of intensive work mode, clear my mind, and reflect on the direction I want my life to take in 2013.
Traveling for about 30 hours of bus and boat rides between Bangkok and the different Thailand islands left me with a lot of time to do just that. I feel it was like therapy! And I have about 20 more hours waiting to go back to Bangkok and then Saigon.
When I think of my 2012 successes, I am really proud of what I accomplished and made happen. Here's a summary:
There are also failures I have endured and several goals that won't be accomplished before my New Year deadline. The numbers are actually a little shameful, but real. Out of the 15 goals I set for the last quarter, 3 were fully accomplished, 6 were given a "fair shot" or in progress, 1 made me realize I needed to make a change and drop the goal, and 5 will be total failures.
I started to doubt the importance of some of the goals and my capacity to accomplish them. Therefore I stopped committing myself to them and my attention shifted to other things.
Stop beating myself up
I am becoming more and more aware of when it happens and how harmful beating myself up is. Regrets over past events, choices, or not being where I want to be just make the present worst.
Stop overthinking and accomplish more
I'm often afraid of pursuing the wrong things, or not the optimal ones. It gets me into a thinking mode that paralyzes me from taking any action. The fact is it doesn't really matter, making a decision and fully committing to it is what matters.
Define a clearer life plan
This is something I started to draft but I need to make it a lot clearer and organize it to determine where I want to be in 3-6 months and in 1-3-5-10-20 years.
Let go of ego
I thought I knew about ego before reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. This book makes you realize how negatively powerful ego is, why you should let it go and live in the present. I highly recommended it.
That said, I am now ready to kick in 2013 and make the most out of it!
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