Like any good New Year’s resolution, the hardest thing is getting the ball rolling and keeping it rolling. It’s easy to dream up big ambitious new goals, but actually sticking to them often proves difficult.
My new approach is to dream big and then downsize.
Go for the big, ambitious idea, but then figure out the easiest version of it. Get that started and the rest will (hopefully) follow.
One of my favorite pieces of advice is: with any hard task, do it for 30 seconds. Start a clock and time yourself. Then, if you want to stop after 30 seconds, you can without any judgement.
Chances are you’ll keep going.
Which is where things are with ActivistLab. Over the years this project has had varying levels of ambition, all of which were probably a bit much.
Instead of grasping at something out of reach, we’re now focused on keeping things manageable. First on the New Year’s resolution list: 3 articles a month – none of which need to be elaborate thesis level pieces. But we do want them to be good.
Though a bit delayed, this month we’ve got 3 exciting articles lined up. One is an interview with an amazing young activist who helped lead a delegation to the Paris climate negotiations. We’ve also got a personal reflection from yours truly on the Paris outcome. And the third piece is a fascinating look into the motivations of one of the most powerful people in the world: Rex Tillerson.
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Until next time,