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The Best New Year Resolution for 2009!

January 1, 2009


It’s that time of the year again…where the past is forgotten and where everyone looks forward to
start afresh; Where old promises (fulfilled or not) are reviewed and fresh ones are made; where everyone bids goodbye to one year to welcome a new one.

2008 has been one hell of a year. It managed to surprise everyone, either pleasantly or unpleasantly.
But that’s it… as we all look forward to yet another year, the only thing we can be rest assured about is that ‘CHANGE’ is the order of the year. Things are changing constantly and adapting to these is gonna be a task for all. So while we grapple with our mundane lifestyles which are all set to change dramatically thanks to major events taking place all over the globe, we need to make firm resolutions and abide by them devotedly. Gone are the days where ‘resolutions are meant to be broken’ was the easy way out. If I were to rephrase it aptly keeping current times in minds, I’d say ‘Stick to your resolutions or they will break you!’

So, whats the BEST NEW YEAR RESOLUTION for 2009?
For some it could be kicking a bad habit (excessive smoking/alcohol/drugs) or losing weight (or gaining in my case!) or reading daily or investing regularly or controlling their anger or whatever!

GOOD! Your intention to do so solves half the problem… but its the other half that’s the hardest, the ACTION part!

I’ve been one of those resolution breakers too but I’ve come across some concrete advice that’s definitely going to bring about positive changes in me and my life. So what is this ‘priced’ possession?

Well, its a combination of:
1. A Plan,
2. A Ready Reckoner/Reminder &
3. A SCARY SECRET!

First of all, have a goal. Set it. Like they say, ‘have a goal and bend every angle towards achieving it.’ I call it a plan because it is a detailed set of instructions/steps to be taken to reach the goal, like a blueprint. So first thing- PREPARE A BLUEPRINT OF YOUR GOAL.

Secondly, have a ready reckoner/reminder (a book, a white board, a chart paper, your computer desktop or your mobile phone). This is the most important part (the ACTION part) as it stands to constantly remind you of your plans and tells you to keep your ass movin’. I say this because- ‘when your ass is on fire, efficiency is higher!’
Make notes and action steps (like a to-do list and cross out whats already done). You will feel relieved trust me!

Lastly, the SCARY SECRET!
I’ve read a couple of books recently and they talk about a technique that I call ‘kick the butt and get out of the rut’. What is it?
SECRET: ‘DO 1 NEW THING EVERYDAY FOR THE NEXT 365 DAYS or DO 1 THING EVERYDAY THAT SCARES YOU!’
What this means is that by trying to do one new/exciting/scary thing everyday for the next 365 days, on 31st December, 2009, you will be equipped with 365 new ideas/ techniques/ choices/ skills/ experiences/ _________ (fill in).
Just imagine the power of this simple yet life changing possibility.

One valid question sure to arise: ‘is it practically possible to do one new/scary thing everyday?’
Thankfully, the answer is YIPEEE YAHOOO YESS!!! IT IS POSSIBLE!

The idea is to do one NEW/ NEVER DONE BEFORE thing everyday which could be reading something you’ve never read before, trying out a new dish, exploring a new website, making a new friend, cutting down one cigarette everyday, following a new diet pattern, taking guitar lessons, learning a magic trick, not brushing teeth for a week, visiting a new city, knocking down your foes, inviting Warren Buffett for dinner, etc (excuse me if I’ve mentioned something
wrong, I just tried losing my head today)

The above list of things to do everyday is just limited by your imagination and your interests and your drive to actually learn something new. One more crucial ingredient is to have a ‘positive mindset’ & Richard Branson’s ‘Screw it, lets do it’ attitude. You might fail 99 times, but at the end of it all, you will atleast know how ‘not to do the thing’ rather than never having tried at all.

I’m sure 2008 has frightened us all enough and we all are quite immune to being scared.
So scare yourself just a lil’ bit more and see the changes that you bring about in yourself in 2009.

I’m scaring myself tomorrow by booking my ‘first online flight ticket’…how are you gonna scare yourself?
I’d love to know your scary strategies so that I may also learn in the process. General comments are also welcome.

Its 12:00 am. 1st January 2009!
Wish you all a very happy new year!
I ended my last post by saying- BE HAPPY.
I end this by saying- BE SCARED! (you know how!)

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. Sakineh permalink
    January 1, 2009 9:13 pm

    hey… jus want to say.. have read quiet a few of ur blogs.. n must admit ur an awesome writer… keep writing.. dont ever stop!! tc
    p.s. btw this articles amazin πŸ™‚

  2. Varun Thakur permalink
    January 2, 2009 11:41 pm

    Firstly, a very happy new year to all! I wish to thank all those who read this post and messaged me, mailed me and called me… i hope it brings about some change in everyone's life.Thanks @sakineh, il keep writing as long as people keep reading (demand-supply equation you see ;))

  3. Shruti permalink
    January 3, 2009 11:03 am

    i love ur articles varun…and specially this one…so needed this kinda motivation since 2008 sure was a terror…..shifting from india to US, watcing my loved country geting bombed…. bla bla…..
    i think its all in the mind in the end!!!
    i wish u a VERY VERY VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

    P.s.-after reading ur article i have learned that every day is what you make it!!! u could sulk over your past or be excited for a new tomorrow!!!

  4. Varun Thakur permalink
    January 3, 2009 2:09 pm

    BRAVO!
    That's the spirit Shruti! Looking forward to doing something new everyday will keep you alive & excited for the whole year. Cheers…and be scared, everyday πŸ˜‰
    (I'm using my left hand these days as my right hand aint in the pink of health…my new thing for the day!!!)

  5. Baboo permalink
    January 4, 2009 12:31 pm

    and uve been deleting my comments ??? :@

  6. Hersh N Gaba permalink
    January 8, 2009 7:47 pm

    Well brother a well written article, u have been really articulate( by the very sense of the word) i perceive this article to be one if your most fine ones. You have turned into a great writer , never knew this part of u and would also like to see u write on much more concrete and topics that can make a difference
    Well done once again
    HARI OM

  7. Varun Thakur permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:58 pm

    Thanks once again guys…promise to get better with every post.

  8. January 9, 2009 11:32 am

    Hi Varun…very interesting πŸ™‚ u shud try out the latest sharing engine Tell-a-Friend…heard it’s d best yet

  9. Varun Thakur permalink
    January 9, 2009 1:53 pm

    Thanks Zo, will definitely ‘tell-a-friend’ and spread the word.

  10. Shashank permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:32 pm

    Hey dude, all I’m going to do is reiterate the fact that you really write well. Keep writing and keep letting me know when you do make new entries. Take care.

  11. Varun Thakur permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:39 pm

    Thanks a lot Shash, your confidence in me will keep me movin!

  12. Sumit permalink
    January 10, 2009 12:48 pm

    Kya baat hai!! Mr.Thakur, I am not really surprised by this yet another drop in the ocean of talent you possess!! Aise Kaise!!

  13. swapnali permalink
    January 11, 2009 12:47 am

    hey dude … seriously never knew tht u r such a gud writer …
    really liked ths article of urs …
    kip updating me weneva u post new articles … gud work !
    god bles !! tc !

  14. Anonymous permalink
    January 12, 2009 4:11 am

    wat a super article varun! u just get better n’ better with every passin day:)keep it up!
    i agree with ur comment on doin sumthing new every day, but get scared every day!!! no way!
    contemplating scary things can lead to dangerous consequences at times..n’ u may find urself in a soup..( in ur case, a sling! in ur arm, may i add…;) so watch it dude!

  15. Varun Thakur permalink
    January 12, 2009 1:36 pm

    HAHA… yeah that’s very true. But I look at the glass as being half full and thus the sling in my arm scared me enough to make me learn everything with my left hand! Doing something SCARY is just a metaphor as when you try something new, you are scared about its consequences/outcomes which is a NEW learning experience… so i reiterate, BE SCARED!!! πŸ˜‰

    P.S. please don’t stay anonymous guys… your name will help everyone identify you better!

  16. September 12, 2009 1:17 am

    Hi Varun, just read this article…and i’m impressed…never had the time and patience to go through your posts…but was awake till late and browsing through and I thought.. ok lets read what’s this all about…..and I liked what you wrote….I love reading too and always think of writing and i’m motivated reading this…there’s so much to learn in life, that a lifetime is not enough, keep writing…its inspiring….All the Best!

  17. September 12, 2009 11:56 am

    Thanks Sonu! That really meant a lot… glad you stopped by (better late than never)
    If you too wanna get goin with the pen & paper (or blogging), let me know.

  18. KOMAL permalink
    October 27, 2009 1:09 pm

    Really nice….keep it up.

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