My 2013 Manifesto: Maintaining focus
My parents have always loved that I use the hummingbird as a metaphor for my many interests and projects. I fly from flower to flower, from project A to project B, and in the process, I exert so much energy that I exhaust myself. But luckily, every month, I take some time to take stock and reflect on how my life is going and what projects I’m working on and how will I move forward. I also take time towards the end of the year to work on a Manifesto. I establish the ground rules for what I will be doing in the coming year. 2012 was a year of enormous change for me, and I have grown so much, in so many different aspects of my life.
This is what Raul’s Manifesto has looked like in the past 3 years:
- In 2010, I promised myself that I would focus on my personal growth.
- In 2011, I promised myself that I would prioritize myself before anyone else.
- In 2012, I promised myself that I would embrace change.
In 2013, my Manifesto and my promise to myself is that I will maintain focus. I will not deviate from my goals and objectives. You may think “well, didn’t you get back to personal blogging just now? Isn’t that going to deviate you from your objectives?”. No, in fact no. My blog was first and foremost a diary where I noted my thoughts. A diary that grew so powerful and broadly read that it became a tool to help people, whenever I could. But it’s still mine, and it’s still my notebook, where I jot down whatever I am learning along the way, so it helps me in documenting the growth process.
I know the prize, I have an objective, and all I need to do is keep laser-focus. And I hope you, my dear readers (and social media followers) will hold me accountable and tell me when you think I’m spreading too think and forgetting the focus I promised to maintain.
Welcome to 2013, everyone.