Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Christmas has passed (amidst all the caroling and expensive decorating and gift exchanges and what-nots), and after all that shopping or partying with friends and family, it’s time to sit down and think about what you’re going to do when the numbers of your calendar hit 2011~

Why does it seem so simple to make New Year resolutions, yet so hard to achieve them? This could be due to the fact that:

  1. You set unattainable or unmeasurable goals  (such as aiming to buy that new Honda Accord or Nissan 370Z when your current salary barely covers your living expenses)
  2. You lose motivation because of regular setbacks and frequent excuses
  3. Your resolution wasn’t really what your heart desired (which means you simply made one up)

So, in order to kick the bad habit of blaming yourself (or external factors) for failing to achieve your resolutions at the end of each year, here are some pointers:

START EARLY

Don’t wait until the first week of the New Year; start writing/typing out the goals you want to achieve or the things you want to do (in fact you can start now). Make sure you put your heart and mind into it and think carefully about what you really need, not want. Think of it this way: “I need to find a better job that fully utilizes my personal talents” instead of just “I want to find a better job”. Put that message some place where you see it everyday (maybe on your desktop monitor or fridge door) as a reminder of what you need to achieve throughout the new year.

SET YOUR OWN CHECKPOINTS

When you’re certain of what you want to accomplish, then break it down into several checkpoints leading to your goal. Say if you’ve got creative talent which is acknowledged by other people (other than yourself) and you’re still stuck with a course subject/job that doesn’t suit you, start planning your move. Find out which local design companies are hiring by contacting people you know who are in that related field, and then start getting your résumé ready. Keep track of your actions and congratulate yourself every time you take one step closer to achieving your goal.

CONSTANT MOTIVATION

Some people generate their own sources of motivation (intrinsic), others need external sources (extrinsic). If you belong to the latter, it is useful to enlist a friend who has a similar goal in design so that the both of you can encourage each other along. When you’ve accomplished a mini-goal (reached a checkpoint), you’ll naturally be more motivated to take the next step to the next checkpoint.

NEVER GIVE UP

Giving up is for losers/noobs/whiners/pessimists…or whatever you choose to call em. Achieving true success is never easy; it usually involves a lot of blood time, sweat or tears. If you make a mistake, take it as experience. Take a step back, see what you did wrong, and then tackle it using another approach. So what if the particular design company doesn’t accept your resume? Find another one. If your background experience in creativity is insufficient, consider taking up a course in design to get an academic certificate, and then apply again. If you have what it takes, then you have a high chance of succeeding.