January is the beginning of a new year. What does this suggest to you? That we are getting another chance to make new beginnings. So, if you didn’t have a good start to the new year, this is an opportunity to make it right. And if you did have a good start, it is time to make it even better.
So, how do you make something better? By putting in more hard work, using your resources in a smart manner, and thinking innovatively. There is one more thing that we need to focus on: improving quality rather than quantity. Quantity is important but one should not ignore minute details that go on to make a huge difference in the end. The final product, whatever it may be, should be measured not just by its size or numbers but its quality and attention to details.
Mahatma Gandhi says, “It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.”
A lot of people do make substantial efforts to produce quality work but often due to constraints of time, manpower, resources, etc. their efforts fall short of the desired goals. And sometimes, one shot, which we usually get in life, at attaining our objectives, is not enough. That’s why getting a second chance is usually considered a stroke of luck. Second chances are rare but worth all the efforts.
I read somewhere from an unknown author, “If you are lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don’t waste it.” A new year is all about second chance, an opportunity to start afresh and realize your dreams. Goethe once said, “Whatever you do or dream you can do — begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it”. It is not about changing the dates but direction; it’s not about changing the calendar but commitment; it’s not about changing the actions but attitude.
So, whenever you get one, in whatever form, never let go of that opportunity to produce the desired results. Cherish that opportunity and put your body, mind, heart and soul into it to make things right. The results will surely be worth it.
Dr. P.D. John, M.A., M.Ed, PhD