2021 Resolutions

Hey Reader 👋,

Today’s song of the moment is: Reminds Me Of You – The Kid LAROI, Juice WRLD

I’m not that much into the new wave of rap/rnb/trap artists, but The Kid LAROI definitely has talent in creating good melodies. If you like this, check out his latest album F*CK LOVE.


2020 Recap (kinda)

This year was obviously different because of COVID, but because everyone knows this, I’m not really going to comment on it and go straight into the important stuff.

A Year of Growth

I had my lowest moment this year. I spent 5k on a “sales course” by a Twitter user only to abandon it 2 weeks later because it wasn’t inline with my character, went against a lot of what I stand for (no matter how hard I tried to spin it) and, ultimately, I wasn’t able to put in the appropriate amount of work for it to be worthwhile.

After that moment, I simply didn’t know what to do. I was so hyped about that course and I truly thought it would be the thing that saved me from my tough spot. But it didn’t. It simply made me go even deeper. The good thing about going deep though is that eventually, you’re so down that the only way to go is up.

And that’s exactly what happened to me.

After quitting that course, it seemed like some sort of veil was lifted off my mind. All these years, I always hoped that something external would give me the answers I was looking for. Books, YouTube videos, gurus, friends, life coaching, entrepreneurial school and online courses. I tried them all and that sales course was the one that truly made me realize that some of those might help, but the bulk of the work, the bulk of the answers were going to be found within myself.

That’s why I restarted writing in my journal. Any questions that I had instead of going to google or reddit or youtube or asking friends, I would ask myself. What does NICK thing about this? Forget what everyone else was saying, what do I actually think about this subject? What answers would I come up with? It might sound stupid to some of you, but it was truly what I needed.

And ever since that day, I’ve been feeling so much better about myself, I have more awareness. I don’t know how to explain it honestly, I just feel more comfortable with myself and I have a better sense of who I am and where I want to go.

Honestly, it was an awesome year for me because I feel like I learned a lot about myself and grew because of it.

What About Your 2020 Goals?

Well, to be honest, I completely abandoned them after ~4 months. Just for a little refresher, here were “my goals” for 2020 and their results:

  1. 0 / 1250 YouTube subscribers FAILED
  2. Be happy at work (Y or N) FAILED, BUT BETTER
  3. 3 / 51 newsletters FAILED
  4. 11 / 25 substack subscribers FAILED
  5. 0 / 2 Trips (1 of Iceland, South America, Scandinavia or Eastern Europe) MASSIVELY FAILED
  6. 1 / 13 books SUCCEEDED
  7. 0 / 3 realized ideas FAILED

As you can see, I only achieved 1/7 goals. Pretty piss poor result if you ask me haha.

I could talk in lengths of why I didn’t achieve my goals, but the main takeaway is that I simply had too many things. Some of them were also geared towards results (youtube and substack subs) which is something I’ll be trying to NOT concentrate on in 2021.

Conclusion

There are many other cool things (completed web design, discovered k-dramas, good music, cold showers, remembered the importance of friends, 100 days challenge, injury recovery) and uncool things (covid, slight depression, 5k lost) that happened in 2020, but as I said, it was an extremely good year for me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything (purely on the impact 2020 had in MY life).

That’s about it for 2020. It’s time to move to 2021 !

2021: Simply Focus on Fun

While doing my 100 days challenge, I fell in love with simplicity and noticed there was a real lack of it in my life. Before this challenge, my life was all over the place. I had too many things going on not only in my life, but also in my head. I wanted to do too many things and consequently, I was spread thin. I think the main culprit was impatience. I wanted things now so I thought I had to do everything at once. But during the challenge, I realized that as long as I was doing a few things everyday that were inline with where I wanted to go or who I wanted to be then everything was fine.

As a result, I got into nice, simple routine, where I was able to complete all the tasks from my challenges and also have a bit of relaxation time. I really liked having that balance. It’s doing the work, but also enjoying life at the same time.

That’s why in 2021, I’ll Simply Focus on Fun.

Simply: Derived from simple, but it’s my reminder to concentrate on simpleness.

Focus: Instead of spreading myself thin, I want to focus on a few things, but more intensely.

Fun: A big lesson I learned in 2020. Life should be fun.

Without further ado, here are my 2021 goals:

  1. Complete 4 projects
  2. Journal at least 3 times per week (3*52 = 156)
  3. List 12 things that I enjoy doing

That’s all folks. Hopefully, 2021 will be a better year for the world, but even if it isn’t, I think we should still try to enjoy it as much as possible.

Let’s have a blast in 2021 !

PEACE.