Going Deep in 2020 - Part 1

January 11, 2020

I don’t mind New Year’s resolutions, I mean they make sense; it is a time for people to reflect on what they could be doing better and then they try and do it for a year, or about 3 weeks depending on who you ask. I think most people approach New Year’s resolutions in a way that just sets themselves up for failure.

The approach that works for me is to set a single “theme” for the year, something I am going to consciously focus on to influence multiple facets of my daily life. In the past, I’ve focused on “expanding” which included broadening my horizons through travel, discovery and learning to find comfort in uncomfortable situations.

This year’s theme for me is to “go deeper”.

It was inspired by a blog post I read on the Raptitude Blog and it is best summed up with the following quote from the post.

After you’re established in your career, and you have some neat stuff in your house, you take a whole year in which you don’t start anything new or acquire any new possessions you don’t need.

No new hobbies, equipment, games, or books are allowed during this year. Instead, you have to find the value in what you already own or what you’ve already started. Throughout the last couple of weeks, this has started to resonate with me; I’ve made a habit of enjoying a majority of things on a surface level before moving onto the next thing.

Call it the “bleeding edge” or the “cult of the new”, I’m always trying to stay ahead of the curve at the cost of truly and deeply appreciating what I have and what I know.

The timing couldn’t be any better. I’ve found myself the best job ever and can’t wait to see where that takes me this year, I have a super supportive partner who backs me through anything and I generally have a great life.

Already, I can see how I can go deeper in several aspects of my life including my hobbies, my approach to work and expanding my skills which I’ll dig into in a later post.