Good morning everyone,
In today’s letter, I want to talk about struggle and the difficult tasks we will encounter throughout life. One of my all-time favourite quotes, and lines to live by is the following:
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”
I’m not sure who said that first, but it hits home for me. Hoping for an easy life sets you up for countless disappointments when difficulty appears. Becoming a more formidable person is not an easy path, but strengthens you to the troubles life can fling in your direction.
It may sound stupid, but the reason I wanted my dyslexic self to write and send these letters to you every week was because I knew it would be tough to succeed. I know a thing or two about being the Mayor, but ever since I was a youngun writing was a struggle and something I avoided if possible.
The funny thing about setting your own goals is that it doesn’t actually add anything to the final outcome. Upon completion, the objective value is no different from if your boss had told you to do it, or you were forced by other means. Personally, however, setting your own difficult goals positively changes you as an individual and gives you the confidence to go out into the world and achieve what you want.
I don’t know whether I’m better or worse off for all the work I’ve done. I wanted to write about managing your life by becoming the Mayor of your own town. The change that affected me throughout the last year was a nice passive benefit that changed the way I looked at my aspirations and goals. I am not going to lie either, it felt good to affect the universe in the small ways I was able.
When this letter meets you, we will solidly be in 2020. You may or may not have already started (and potentially failed) a few new resolutions. If you haven’t thought about it though, or want to try again, I can’t recommend highly enough setting yourself a big ambitious goal this year.
Choose something you would be really happy succeeding in and give yourself a set time-frame to allow for the highs and lows of the process to occur naturally. Importantly, you also need a clearly defined goal, that is measurable. Your dreams are not something to be vague with, not being specific enough is the easiest way to become complacent and fail.
You can prove yourself right this year, and become the best Mayor possible in 2020.
Rose-Blanc Town management