I love the thoughts from this post!
How often do we set goals based on “fear”? I know that I have been guilty of this in the past.
My favorite part of this post is:
“Because if they were ready to make a real life change, one in which they’ve mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically determined there is no alternative than living the life they want on their terms. If they’d visualized themselves living this life to the point they can smell, hear, taste and feel what it would be like to live this way. If they’d written their plan and posted it for all to see while making a declaration that they will achieve this life. If they’d burned the boats and took one immediate step to their goal’s fulfillment, then they wouldn’t have voluntarily waited until January 1 to begin.”
I have always set new years resolutions, and I have set them out of fear in the past. Over the last few years I have taken the approach that is outlined in this post and have found a tremendous difference in sustaining and achieving the goals I set for myself.
Hello all. Following my first extended vacation following 19 years of post-college work, I’m back with a best life practice that couldn’t be more applicable.
Now that 2015 is upon us, you may have decided to partake in one of society’s oldest and most fruitless endeavors – New Year’s resolutions.
“I’m going to get in the gym!”
“I’m going to read more books!”
“I’m going to stop smoking/drinking!”
Not to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, but I say bah humbug to all of it.
As we’ve discussed, deciding to make a real life change takes more than just reacting to an emotional impulse such as guilt. And that’s far too often exactly what a New Year’s resolution is.
We incur a sense of guilt over partaking in an unhealthy lifestyle – whether it’s eating, exercising, our relationships, our personal development …
And that’s why we view January 1 as such an optimal…
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Thanks Travis for sharing my post. You continue to provide your followers with great insight from your blog and others. By doing so, you make an immediate impact beyond yourself. And that, I believe, is the single greatest mark of a successful life.
Have a great 2015
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I couldn’t agree more Chris. Thank you for your insight and feedback.