This year is coming to a close. In December, TEDxVienna was all about rewinding ourselves – because every end is also a new beginning. Since we already neglected the traditional New Year’s Resolutions as an outdated cliché, we’d like to present 5 easy steps that will help you to prepare for a new self – or just stay as motivated, creative, innovative and happy as you already are!
Quit smoking. Lose weight. Drink less. Exercise. New year’s resolutions: we’ve all made – and broken – them. Let’s face it: this tradition is not working for most of us. That’s why this year, we’re offering you a little twist – because your future depends on your present.
#1 try new things
Is there something you’ve always meant to do, but haven’t? If your answer is no, you’re probably lying. Actually, trying out new things is one of the most common resolutions. For those looking for insipiration, Matt Cutts’ short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting goals.
#2 admit being wrong
Let’s assume we made it through step one. What if nothing has changed? What if we were wrong? No problem – Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility: “Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that?”
#3 keep smiling
A smile goes long distances, but often it’s easier said than done. Well, prepare to flex a few facial muscles while watching Ron Gutman’s TED Talk. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live? That’s only one reason why channelling positive emotions through your physical appearance is the perfect third step towards staying true to yourself.
#4 create & play
So far, we managed to try new things, admit that (at least sometimes) we are wrong, but still managed to keep a smile on our face – but that was just the beginning. In fact, we we were merely preparing and laying the foundations for the next step: unleashing your inner child. Just listen to Korean author Young-ha Kim inspiring to create and play – forever.
#5 don’t give up
Albert Einstein said that “life is like riding a bycicle: to keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” In this case, however, the quote has to be slightly altered – from cycling to swimming. Stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water and hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept moving and finally achieved her lifetime goal – because giving up is not an option.
As a matter of fact, within the TEDxVienna community, we’ve been trying to incorporate these ideas into our endeavours for a while. You may have noticed that we too like to try out new things, we enjoy being creative and unleashing our inner child. Obviously, not everything works out straight away – to err is human after all and not an issue, as long as we admit our mistakes, lift ourselves off the ground and keep that smile on our faces.
At the end of the day, we won’t give up spreading ideas worth spreading – and hopefully, neither will you.
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