In theory, new year resolutions are great. They’re nothing more than goals, which are the lifeblood of a successful entrepreneur.
But in reality, new year resolutions suck. Here’s why only 8% of us (at best) keep the “new year, new you” plan we so eagerly embark upon every January 1st. (Next we’ll talk about how to become one of the 8%ers).
There are two main reasons the gym is overloaded with people in January and back to normal by February.
First, we try to make too many resolutions.
Somehow, we expect the completely arbitrary date of January 1 to be the day our life does a total 180.
When we wake up on this magical morning, every bad habit we have will be gone, replaced by new productive, healthy, happy habits.
But the burden of making all these drastic changes at once becomes too much. And with each small failure to stick to the resolution, our resolve gets weaker, our self-talk turns negative, and we slip into the second reason for failure, which has to do with our subconscious expectation.
No matter how bad we tell ourselves this is going to be “my year,” chances are great that your subconscious is singing a whole different tune.
Our brain knows that year after year we’ve failed to keep these resolutions.
And even worse, our brain knows that IT’S OKAY. It’s completely socially acceptable to fail at your new year resolutions.
In fact, I bet many of us would be ostracized in conversation with our friends if we were actually “that person” who isn’t laughing in February at all their failures.
How to Make 2018 “Your Year”
Obviously, we aren’t going to give up and resign ourselves to another year of mediocrity.
So how do you make 2018 “your year”?
You pick one habit, two at the very most, that you are going to adopt. And you make it something that you know you CAN do.
If you hate going to the gym and have never stepped foot inside a gym in your life, don’t pick that. You’re setting yourself up for failure.
Here’s why the one habit rule works — How you do one thing is how you do everything.
So, for example, let’s say you want to lose weight. You can do that by changing several things about your eating habits, cutting out sugar, taking supplements, going to the gym, keeping a food journal, etc.
You pick the one thing you CAN do — let’s say it is going to the gym.
As you get into that habit of going to the gym, your success is going to feel so good, that you’ll start naturally adopting the other habits necessary for weight loss. You’ll stop yourself before consuming that 500 calorie midnight snack.
But the key is, it won’t be near as hard. Because forming one good, small habit will kick the law of “how you do one thing is how you do everything” into action. Smart weight loss-inducing habits will begin to naturally flow.
What You Should Do Instead of Resolutions in 2018
As an entrepreneur, I have a recommendation for you that will change your business (and your life) and keep changing it every year.
Make it a habit this year to write 500 words every day.
Silence your objections and listen for a minute. I’m not telling you to publish, I just said WRITE.
Why? James Altucher says it best:
“Ideas are the currency of life. Not money. Money gets depleted until you go broke. But good ideas buy you good experiences, buy you better ideas, buy you better experiences, buy you more time, save your life.”
And if you make yourself write 500 words a day, even if you throw away 75% of it, you’re exercising your creative brain in a way that is going to set your business and your life alive and on fire.
Because some of those ideas, revelations, gems, that come out in your writing are going to be life-changing, for you and for those you serve.
I’ve been doing this for over a year, so I’m going to tell you the best way to do it.
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It will cut out your ego and all your excuses about how you have writer’s block and don’t have time to write 500 words a day.
If you stop typing for more than five seconds, everything you’ve written disappears. You can set up a session for 500 words, or 5 minutes, or however much time you need. When your 500 words are done, a download button appears allowing you to save your work.
You should save it, even if you think it’s total gibberish, because you need more than 5 seconds to make that call.
You may publish it, you may not. It may be worthless six days out of seven, but make you a million dollars on the seventh. Or change a client’s life that day.
Sadly, almost no one will do this. But I tend to hang around above average people, so I expect you to be one of the 8%ers. 🙂
Let me know in the comments if you’ll commit to 500 words a day, or what one habit you can and will do to make 2018 everything you want it to be.