Seriously, this is one of the best blog posts I have seen about making goals for a new year. I love it!
If you are a bit ‘nerdy’ there are many references that you will enjoy!
With stuff like:
Great Odin’s raven, please no more New Year’s Resolutions.
They’re about as useful as a flux capacitor on a car that can’t go 88 miles per hour (see what I did there?).
It’s that time of year again, and I want 2016 to be the year you actually accomplish stuff. Getting your first pull-up. Running your first 5k. Learning to play that piano that sits there unused. Taking that first trip overseas. And the way you’re going to do that is by saying no to resolutions.
Yup, the guy who built his life around goals (and wrote an entire book about it!) wants to you stop making resolutions. Why?
Because New Year’s resolutions, as most people think of them, are hollow:
“I’m going to exercise every day.”
“I’m going to start flossing!”
“I’m going to eat better.”
Let’s be honest, we know these things aren’t going to become habit – we declare a random hodge podge of nebulous goals, and then we look back at year’s end and realize we never really got out of the starting gate.
Want to actually get stuff done? You don’t need resolutions.
Here’s exactly what you need instead.
If you are going to succeed this year, there are three truths that you NEED to learn immediately before we move onto anything else:
Every day, everything around us subtly influences us.
Think of it like the the Force. It’s a battle between the Light and the Dark, and if you’re not careful, the Dark Side can pull your strings and influence you without even knowing it.
That bowl of candy on your desk is begging for you to acknowledge its existence. You have to use willpower throughout the day to tell yourself “don’t eat the candy, don’t eat the candy.”
At your computer, you have to use willpower all day long… “Don’t check Facebook. Don’t go to Buzzfeed. Don’t go to Imgur.” Of course, we all cave in. We check Facebook, Gmail, Imgur constantly. And then it takes us four times as long to get anything done. If our new habit was around productivity, our batcave would be a part of our system that sets us up for failure.
When we come home from work, we have to tell ourselves “don’t watch TV, go exercise.” “Don’t go to McDonalds, even though that makes you happy. Go eat a salad again.”
In every scenario above, you have to use willpower and motivation to do the thing you NEED to do, instead of the thing your brain desperately WANTS to do. And remember, willpower is limited.
So, what’s a nerd to do?
Seriously.. just read it. It has AWESOME advice, funny but true examples and PERFECT pictures! Like, Lego Batman perfect.
Seriously, first picture:
Seriously. Go. Go read it.
You will NOT regret it.