Lately social media has been bumming me out. Whether it's the latest outrageous political news, weird friend stuff, or feeling like my content isn't good enough—I'm just feeling a bit burned out. So, I'm taking a break. The problem with that is I lose my usual outlet. So, back to blogging.
It's probably a good thing since I'm still paying for this site.
I've been wanting to sort of plan for 2017. I don't usually do resolutions, but I like to have creative goals, otherwise the year kind of slips by. February is almost gone, and I don't know what I want to achieve this year!
We have monthly leadership trainings at my work where we focus on a certain book or an idea. This last meeting we talked about success, and how hard we make it on ourselves to be successful. Failure is default, and in order to consider ourselves successful we have to achieve something new or reach perfection.
The idea that our boss presented to us was "maybe make success more attainable."
This sounded pretty fluffy to me, and not very helpful. Lowering expectations just didn't seem like the best way to improve my life.
But as we talked about it, he gave me his own example. Rather than having all these specific parameters for success in work and relationships, he changed his definition of success to one thing: making someone's life better every day. He wasn't lowering his expectations, but rather realizing that improving lives made him successful.
Most of the other people in the meeting seemed to adopt his goal as their own (I mean, it's a pretty good one), but I knew that mine had to be slightly different.
My new goal for success is this: to create something good every day. Whether it's a blog post, a twitter joke, a well designed site, a letter for a friend, a weird little doodle, an youtube video, a good process for my team, a good meal, an itinerary for a trip, a weird survey, a piece of IKEA furniture, a cello part for a friend's band, a graphic for a friend's project... etc.
I need to create every day. It's what makes me happy, and it's what really makes me feel successful. I'm just not sure where I want to focus my energy this year.
I guess blog posts are as good of a place as any to start.