I point this out not to show off my math skills, but rather as a reminder that time is ever marching on and it will not slow down for any us.
This should be something we always keep in the back of our minds as a reminder that it is important to seize the moment now and take advantage of each opportunity we are presented with for success and progress.
I am sure some of you have set lofty new year's resolutions or goals for 2014 and I want to check in to make sure you are taking action on these goals, making shit happen, and in general continuing to develop your inner superhuman.
I know that life is busy and often has a way of interrupting your plans, but those interruptions can be managed and worked around. The point being that there isn't any reason why you should abandon the goals you set for 2014.
This is going to be the year that your new resolution does not become any other statistic about unfulfilled dreams. This year you are going to succeed.
So the question you should be asking yourself is:
We are 7% of the way through 2014. Am I 7% of the way to accomplishing my goals or resolutions?
If the answer is yes than my only advice is to keep on trucking! If the answer is no than I have 3 tips for making sure you stick to your new year's resolution and getting you back on track.
1. Write the resolution down and put it somewhere were you are forced to see it everyday.
No seriously go write it down! I promise this seems like the most juvenile and futile idea for holding you to a new behavior, but believe me it works.
Go buy some index cards, write your resolution or goal down the index card, and tap it to your bathroom mirror. This is an ideal location because most of us spend at least a couple minutes each morning and each evening looking at the mirror above our sink.
Don't just take my word for this either.
A number of studies have been published demonstrating a strong correlation between those who write down their goals and those people who actually accomplish their goals. I know correlation doesn't equal causation, but that isn't the point the point is we should try to recruit all the help we can get for achieving our resolution.
2. Establish check points.
Here is one that everyone overlooks. We often set goals that have long-term implications and payoff. We even usually set a deadline for the overall goal which is great. Deadlines provide a sense of urgency.
But what we then forget to do is take periodic breaks from chasing the goal to check how well we are progressing towards the goal.
It is important to check progress periodically to evaluate whether your timeline was realistic, if your plan for achieving said goal is working, and whether or not you need to make adjustments to either your plan of action or deadline.
So set for yourself at least four separate check points along the way to your overall goal. Use these check points as opportunities to review your progress and plan. Allowing you to make informed decisions about your goal's timeline as you move forward.
It also will keep your head in the game and your eye on the prize offering a moment of refocusing at each checkpoint.
3. Enlist the help of your entire social network.
Stop trying to go it alone.
You need to share your goal or resolution with those people close to you. Shit share it will every single person you know. Put it on social media. Scream it from a mountain top.
Whatever it takes to get the word out that you are trying to create change.
The reason for doing this is that by telling these people who have invested relationships with you they will be likely to act as constant accountability boosters always checking in on how your change is coming and what struggles you have faced lately.
In addition to the added accountability now that you have stated what your change is and when you will accomplish it you will feel more pressure to hold to your change and deadline because if you do not your social network will know about your failure.
See we humans have a desire to be consistent people and when we say we are going to do something or be something we feel intense social pressures to hold to this prediction because we do not want to appear as an inconsistent person.
Peer pressure is a powerful reinforcer that has been used to reinforce some really crazy and absurd behaviors that for most they wouldn't otherwise perform often leading to negative consequences.
This means if peer pressure can work to reinforce negative behaviors it can also be used to reinforce positive behaviors.
Hope this reminder about your new year's resolution has helped refocus you and I hope the tips can get you again moving in the right direction.
Make 2014 the year!
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