Whether it’s actually any easier to make a change on January 1st, there is a mental shift that occurs when a new year hits. Everyone around you is motivated to diet, exercise and generally be a better person than they were the year prior.
The fact of the matter is, most people who make new years resolutions will stick to them for about a week – if that. You get busy, and realize that your hour long daily exercise routine is more trouble than your willing to spend. I came to this realization a month ago when I tried to do the P90x program.
I lasted a week. Now that’s pathetic. Steve Kamb would be ashamed.
I tell myself this was due to the fact that Thanksgiving crept up and I couldn’t resist baked brie and copious amounts of stuffing. The reality is, it was easier to continue eating the way I always have, and frankly, more enjoyable too.
That’s how most people are when it comes to resolutions – or frankly any goal that chooses long term improvement over short term satisfaction.
So while the fact remains, there’s nothing special about January 1st, I like many others use it as a jumping off point to faciliate big life change.
In 2009 I actually accomplished the one goal I never thought I’d follow through on – I quit my job.
Last year I took off for Thailand and reached a lot of my goals for the year. I’m now making more than $10/day on the internet. I’ve lived on a tropical island. I’ve traveled more than I ever have before. This next year it’s time to take it up a notch and do some even more difficult things.
I challenge you to do the same thing.
Here are some of the things I’m considering, and I think you’d benefit from making your own variation of these same things.
1) Complete a Strenuous Physical Goal. Over Christmas I was talking to my sister’s boyfriend who is going to run the Eugene marathon on May 1st. This is # 78 on my bucket list. But until now I’ve let that remain on my “someday” list. I’ve learned something about myself. If I don’t tell people I’m doing it, and commit to it, it won’t happen. So consider this my public proclamation. I will finish a marathon in 2011. Whether it be running or walking, I will do this. Holy crap, writing that makes me shutter. As of right now 3 miles is about my limit. But I didn’t start this blog for nothing.
Maybe you don’t want to run a marathon, maybe you just want to lose a couple pounds, or start playing a sport again. Whatever it is, make a goal that will have a positive physical effect on you. I’ve spent way too much time sitting in front of a computer over the past year – so I know if I don’t set these goals, it’s only going to get worse.
2) Visit a new place. Maybe its checking out that quaint coastal town only an hour away, or perhaps its the most remote mountain town you can think of on another continent. Set the goal. If you don’t set the goal, write it down, and tell someone about it, you could spend another year without seeing a single new place. I want to visit 5 new countries next year. As of now I don’t know what they are or when I’ll go – but I will. Your goals don’t need to be extravagant, but leaving yourself open to possibilities and opportunities can lead to some excellent adventures.
3) Stop Judging, Start Doing. I’ve learned that there are a lot of people out there (and we’re all guilty of this at one point or another), that are quick to judge the faults or choices of other people from the comfort of their couch or recliner. By that I mean, rather than take action in their own lives, they cut down those around them to make them feel better about their own inaction. No great change will ever occur simply by criticizing the person who is trying to make great change. This year, do your best to focus on yourself rather than those around you. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish if you shift your energy from criticizing to creating.
4) Conquer Resistance. I’ve been reading “The War of Art” and it’s hit me like a ton of bricks. So many of the problems I have in my life all relate back to not doing “my work”. Have you ever had a day where you got everything done that you wanted to, and then some? You feel good. So much of the time when I’m not feeling good, its because I’ve let resistance in various forms get in the way of what I’m truly wanting to accomplish. If you can conquer resistance and actually follow through with all of the projects you want to do you’re going to notice a pretty amazing transformation in your life. A great way to start doing this is by reading this book.
You know what, this book has had such an impact on me, I want someone to be able to get just as much out of it as I have. Leave a comment to this post with your biggest goal for 2011, and I’ll select one person to receive a free copy of the book. Sent straight from me to you. Don’t say I never did anything for you 🙂
5) Create Something Great. When you look back on 2010 do you feel like you’ve created anything that will last? This could be something physical, a relationship, a memory, it doesn’t matter as long as you really feel as though it’s great. I think I’ve created something great in the form of this blog. I also think Overcoming the Fear of Uncertainty is pretty great (and getting much better in 2011). I have some fantastic memories, and a great relationship. In 2011, I want to take all of that stuff to the next level, doing even more amazing things and building off of what I’ve done this year. What greatness do you want to achieve in 2011?
I realize that all five of these goals are pretty vague – and this is purposefully so. I don’t want to force my personal goals onto you. Rather, I want to give you a few things to think about when it comes to creating goals of your own. Big, small, it doesn’t matter is long as you build towards something. The purpose behind all that I’m doing is to support my location independent lifestyle and help as many people as possible to do the same thing.
There are so many people I know that are poised to make 2011 the best year of their lives. It’s been incredible to see so many friends and bloggers have so much success this past year. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you achieve any of your goals for the new year, and I hope the next 365 days treat you as well as the past 365 have treated me.
Happy new year (almost)!
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