What are your goals for 2017? By now, you've probably thought about this.
I already cheated and jumped the gun on mine. It's like opening presents before the holiday begins. But there's a good reason in this case.
You probably know what you want to do in 2017, what you want to have, what you want to be. But let me ask you this:
What do you want to learn in 2017?
This question is more important than you might think. If you keep learning, your life will never get boring, even while you're likely to live longer. And in most cases, additional learning will add depth and richness to your life, and possibly more material wealth.
I've set out a detailed learning program for 2017. You don't have to copy my program, but you should seriously think about copying my idea. Here's what I mean.
Remember when you first learned to ride a bike? You probably fell down a bunch of times, but eventually you got it. Your muscles and nerves just knew what to do.
Now we know that synapses are formed in the brain whenever you learn a new activity. Over time, these connections between brain cells are reinforced with a layers of fat called myelin.
More myelin = more brain capacity with less effort.
It turns out the best way to form myelin is through something called "deep practice." You slowly, deliberately study or practice with your full concentration. Soon it becomes easier.
I'm going to build a lot of myelin in 2017.
You see, I've been making a good side income as a freelance commercial writer. But there are people who have mastered this art--they call it copywriting--and it lets them earn a full-time living while traveling or taking time off for personal matters.
This seems like the perfect work for someone who likes to go on a lot of bike tours. So, I'm going to unleash my deliberate practice on copywriting in 2017.
You don't have to become a copywriter to make this work for you. There's probably something you'd like to master someday. Why not start this year? I've put together a learning program for myself, and you can copy the basic premise.
Here's my plan, to give you an idea.
I've put together a list of 30-odd books that serious copywriters have recommended. I'm going to spend 45 minutes a day reading, and then 15 minutes writing something based on what I learned.
I'll gradually spend less time reading and more time writing. It will probably take me more like two or three years to get through all the books, but even by the end of 2017 I'll have some mad skills.
I even got some encouragement from a well-known copywriter who saw my plan. "If you do this," he said, "It will change your life."
The coolest part is that his words aren't just true for my copywriting plan. It's true for any skill you want to master, anything you want to learn. Can you dedicate an hour a day to learning a skill in 2017?
If you do this, it will change your life.