The #1 Best Way to Crush Your New Year’s Resolution

I’m not real big on resolutions. The vast majority of people that set them do not accomplish them.

Why Don’t You Accomplish Your Resolutions

Give yourself a pat on the back for wanting to change your life and setting resolutions. Perhaps you’ve set them in the past and actually accomplished them. If so, a big shout out to you!

The reason people fail to achieve their goal is simple. Let me use the following analogy.

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Vessels full of vinegar

If you wanted to store vinegar, you’d store it in a “vessel” made for it. It wouldn’t be fancy, after all, it’s storing vinegar and not wine. Everyone would know it was vinegar because of the shape of the vessel. Every time you opened the top and began to pour, vinegar would always come out. Wine would never pour out of a vinegar vessel.

What I learned from the Ironman that changed my life

The Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride ending with a 26.2-mile marathon run. What went on from the very instant I decided to attempt it to finally finishing the race taught me more than I could have ever learned from a college degree of study.

“It was like anything that has ever been worthwhile in my life; it was hard, painful and memorable.” Michael Lantz

It was like anything that has ever been worthwhile in my life; it was hard, painful and memorable. I learned a great deal about the conflict of my body hurting and wanting to stop and my mind playing tricks on me, tempting me to quit.

If I had to sum up the top three things I learned about myself it would include these.

Commitment

I learned that my level of commitment is equal to the importance I place on my goals and dreams. When I decided to do my first Ironman on April 15, 2007, I was all in. I was not going to let anything get in the way of crossing that finish line. 

Perfect?

by Seth Godin

Nothing ever is. Nothing is flawless, optimized and suitable for everyone.

Instead, all we can hope for is, “the best we could hope for, under the circumstances.”

But, because there are circumstances, whatever happens, is exactly what the circumstances created. Whatever is happening now is what’s going to happen now. There’s no way to change it. Perhaps we can change tomorrow, or even the next moment, but this moment—it’s exactly what it was supposed to be, precisely what the circumstances demanded.

Which, if we’re going to be truthful about it, is perfect.

In the long run, we can work to change the circumstances. We can start today, right now. We must. It’s the only way to make perfect better.

Why set goals?

Goals setters see opportunity. Those that don’t have goals become skeptics.

Goal setters look for knowledge to accomplish their goals. Those that don’t never crack a book.

Goal setters are able to add value to others and make a better income. Those that don’t avoid helping others.

Goal setters are happier. Those that don’t never understand that happiness is something you create.

Goal setters preform actions leading to accomplishment. Those that don’t seek inaction and are always rewarded with nothing.

Goal setters are open to new relationships. Those that don’t avoid new relationships because they fear the worse.

Set goals. Don’t be one that doesn’t.