It’s New Year’s Day and in between football games, potentially you are considering making some commitments for improving your life for 2017. In our blog last year, we gave you tips on making and keeping those resolutions. This year we have turned our attention to what smart people are doing in the hopes of finding better ways to approach this annual self-improvement task.
20 Things Smart People Don’t Do
Let’s begin our quest with some excerpts from Life Hack’s article “20 Things Smart People Don’t Do.”
They don’t feel defeated just because they need to reevaluate their convictions.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
Sooner or later, our convictions are challenged and sometimes they will triumph, sometimes they will be trumped. Smart people constantly challenge their convictions; they do not discard them.
They don’t dwell on their errors.
“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison
It won’t make you neither weak nor foolish, if you know when to give up. It will only give you more time to work on your comeback.
They don’t hesitate to learn from their mistakes.
Mistakes are there to remind us of our flaws, and force us to mitigate the impact they have on our lives. Learning from your mistakes means finding what is worth salvaging from your unfortunate experience, realizing what went wrong and finding a way to avert it in the future. Smart people use this input to work on themselves, and change the things they have the power to change.
They don’t give up on their ideas just because other people don’t agree with them.
“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs
A wise person knows when he or she should push the envelope and stand firm when the situation takes a turn for the worst. We are all entitled to constructive feedback on why our ideas or products are not satisfactory. Constructive criticism can be used as a precious insight for the future.
They don’t lose the opportunity to broaden their experience
“As I look back on my life I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was being re-directed to something better." Anonymous
Making ongoing endeavors towards progression in various areas is indeed what a smart person would do. Even old or proven findings are never left alone, they are re-examined, redefined, and updated.
Some Lighter Ideas for Your Resolutions
Just in case you need some inspiration for those New Year Resolutions, here are some suggestions from our British friends, Metro.Co.uk.
When you say ‘Let’s meet up soon’, actually do it.
Use your trainers to exercise three times a week instead of just buying them because they make you look cool.
Eat sensible wholesome food before going out instead of drinking on an empty stomach and hitting the fast food hard on the way home.
Delete the Facebook app from your phone and only log in to check it once a day.
Don’t overthink everything. Sometimes it’s ok for things to go wrong or people to not like you.
Call your Mom – it’s boring but she’ll like it.
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