First off Happy 2017 to all you amazing humans! Let’s spend another year doing stuff and things together.
Now for those of you getting over the Holiday Hangover and hoping to kick start the new year with all your “resolutions” and new changes, let me say this. New Years Resolutions don’t work.
Perhaps for the mighty few, keeping these private promises actually result in success, but for most of us they never work.
Instead of making a list of resolutions, this is what I do. I have a list of things I want to do in life.
A bucket list some may say. This list isn’t confined to 2017 and it constantly has new things added to it. It also constantly has things crossed off of it.
I’m going to show you the secret of how I manifest my destiny and how I challenge myself to grow. In 3 super duper simple steps.
1. Put it on the List.
When something comes up and you want to achieve it put it on the list right away.
E.g. Quitting smoking. Lose weight.
2. Make reasonable benchmark goals.
Most people want short cuts so they make extreme goals, like “lose thirty pounds in a month or “quit smoking cold turkey,” or “run everyday.”
The problem with making New Years resolutions is that it suddenly only gives you one year to get there which really isn’t that long. So instead, treat it as a bucket list and make it a lifestyle change, rather than a “get rich quick,” kinda thing.
This step is crucial so keep checking with yourself and recalibrating! For example with quitting smoking. Instead of telling yourself you want to quit smoking, start telling yourself that you will smoke one cigarette less a day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, STOP telling yourself your trying to lose weight by trying to measure a lb/ kg value. Instead put away the scale… and every day just make ONE healthier choice. This is a lifestyle change.
Trust me if you can change how you perceive these bucket list goals you will reach them faster.
3. Start Today. Day by Day.
It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or June 19th. The day you put that thing on your list you have to start today.
You also need to stop telling yourself “in three weeks I want to be done.” You need to instead make choices day by day, minute by minute.
Achieving goals starts in the present not pining for the future. If you focus on the present these goals will manifest. The only time you look to the future in achieving these goals is in Step One when you add it to the list.
Don’t look back and sulk on your failures. Don’t look forward and count down to how many days you have left to get this thing done. Look to now and ask yourself “am I going to do ONE sit up now?” “Am I going to smoke THIS cigarette now?”
“Can I do this ONE thing NOW?”
The choice is simple. Yes or no.
Now that moment is over. When the next one comes. Repeat. Ask yourself one question about doing ONE thing, and then you either say yes to it or no.
I’m off now. My thing on my list today is
1. Do a free handstand push up.
My benchmark goal today is:
2. Do chest to wall push up and stretch.
3. “Am I going to do a chest to wall push up now and stretch?” YES.