There’s a brilliant article on The Ladders this morning, written by Maxie McCoy, on the relationship between anxiety and achievement. For me, key passages from this much longer article is —
Trying something new and attempting to change your life will, without a doubt, cause anxiety. But according to the philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
Embracing a bigger future is how you change. And according to Albert Einstein, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
The only way to change is to stop explaining your life by your past and to start explaining your life based on your future.
Living a comfortable and predictable life is actually a clear reflection of your lack of confidence. You can only have confidence after you’ve begun living a better life — and then, that confidence allows you to think bigger about what is possible.
Actually, predictability is a myth. Your world and your body are changing regardless of whether you pay attention or not. Change is inevitable. Your choices are to try to make the best of change, or live probably unhappily with what happens.
And the bottom line:
Today can’t be the same as what happened yesterday.
If there ever was a truly important New Year’s resolution, that’s probably it.