And I have a word for you this year: Aim for the stars. Well, it's a sentence. Saying I have a sentence for you this year doesn't sound half as cool as saying I have a word for you this year. So, once again, my word for you this year is to aim for the stars. Dream big dreams. Make big plans. Have great expectations. And in all you do this year, put in the kind of effort you would put in if you were sure you would be successful. Put in your best always. This year, aim to be the best you can. And as there is a star in each one of us, you belong among the stars. So, aim for the stars.
There are 12 months this year. 53 weeks. 365 days. You have to make each day count. When you take care of the days, the weeks will take care of themselves and the months will be the best they can. Take your big plans for this year and break them down to very small daily tasks. That's what astronauts do. They break their out-of-this-world plans into easily manageable daily tasks. And that's how they got to the moon and travel the outer space. I doubt that your big plans can be bigger than those of an astronaut. So you can be sure that breaking them down to daily small activities will work for you too.
The best part of aiming for the stars is that you'd go further than you've ever been. You would achieve things you never thought possible. You would live a more interesting life. And you would become a star (at something, at least).
Yesterday, I read the biography of Marie Curie, the only woman in history to have won the Nobel Prize twice and only person to have won it in multiple sciences. But the most interesting part of her life story is that she achieved all these against huge odds. She came from a poor family, the society held women in little regard and made life tougher for her than it should have been, and she achieved all she did with no outside support. As the circumstances of her life and the society she lived in kept dragging her into the gutter, she kept her eyes on the stars. She aimed higher than her contemporaries. She is even widely acclaimed as the most popular exception to the Maslow's hierarchy of needs. She went straight for the top of the pyramid (self-actualization) without going through the some of the base needs. And I don't believe you are facing odds as great as she did nor are you aiming for two Nobel Prizes. You have no reason to not aim high. You have no reason to not rise above the limitations you see around you.
Today you have been given a fresh opportunity to do something great with your life. You have been given a new opportunity to make your biggest dream come true. You have been given 365 plain pages to write out the story you want read about you. I want you take this opportunity and put in your best. Don't look at the things holding you down. Don't look around you at the priviledges you don't have. Don't even look within for some miracle to happen. I want you to fix your eyes on the stars. Keep you eyes on the stars and aim to be among them. Aim for the stars.