The problem with new year’s resolutions is that they focus on a one-time event or a single routine. Common examples include:
- Losing 25 pounds.
- Not drinking alcohol.
- Saving or investing $50 per week.
These are all fine and dandy, but what do they really accomplish in the long-run?
Considering that most new year’s resolutions don’t make it past the first week of February — not much. However, even the resolutions that people do stick with generally accomplish very little.
Typical new year’s resolutions are self-limiting because they focus on accomplishing a specific thing rather than focusing on your ability to accomplish that specific thing and many other things.
Be honest with yourself — if you lose those 25 pounds, are you just going to gain them all back afterward?
If you think the answer is yes, why even bother in the first place?
That’s not me being condescending. I’m seriously asking what you stand to gain from temporarily being in better shape.
Think about it.
The reason you’re only aiming to lose 25 pounds while believing you’ll gain it back is because you don’t believe you can be the person who stays in shape all the time and never has to worry about losing more than 5-10 pounds at any given time.
The truth is you can be that person. You just need to use a better strategy.
Chasing a goal weight focuses your attention on the wrong thing. Once you hit that weight, what’s next? Your job is done.
The smarter approach is focusing on the lifestyle that will get you to that weight because a lifestyle is permanent.
Once you live a healthy lifestyle, you can lose fat, build muscle, improve your posture, have more energy, perform better in bed, live longer, take part in a wider variety of activities, and much more — way more than simply losing 25 pounds.
Do you see the difference?
Habits Are Never-Ending New Year’s Resolutions
Habits are everything that matter.
- Your mindset is a habit
- Your mood is controlled by habits
- Your career achievements are a result of habits
- Your health is based on your eating and exercise habits
- Your relationships reflect your communication and human interaction habits
A commitment to controlling your habits is the last new year’s resolution you’ll ever need.
If you commit to one of the traditional new year’s resolutions and follow through on it — congrats, you’ll have solved ONE thing by the end of 2017. That’s more than most.
However, if you commit to changing your habits, you can completely transform your life.
No, you won’t get rich and date supermodels after one year of changing your habits — unless you’re already close to that lifestyle. I’m talking about a realistic transformation.
The transformation I’m talking about is being able to look back on a year ago today and not seeing the same person. When you focus on habits, every year brings big changes.
In January 2017, I look and feel better than I did in January 2016. I have more going on in my life, and I had a lot going on back then too.
I’m stronger, smarter, and more productive than I was a year ago.
There’s not one aspect of life that the 2016 KW could beat the 2017 KW at in a one-on-one competition. Nothing.
That’s a realistic transformation that results from controlling your habits.
The Compounding Effect of Habits
Since habits affect multiple areas of your life, improvements don’t come in a linear fashion. What that means is each year sees +1, +3, +11, +20 jumps in improvement.
On the other hand, traditional new year’s resolutions bring +1, +1, +1 improvements each year.
Again, that’s not bad — most people stop trying to improve themselves around the age of 25. But it’s still pretty weak.
Habits are routines that require little-to-no thought once they’re fully adapted, which makes it easier to add more and more habits to your lifestyle. That’s why habits will always be more powerful than chasing any particular goal.
Habits put your life improvement on autopilot.
But there is a catch, of course.
Changing your habits is difficult.
That’s why most people won’t ever do it.
Most people can’t even stick with their basic new year’s resolution.
But that’s the nature of the world we live in — the best things worth doing are usually more difficult to do.
Every success story has a phase of struggle and years of hard work.
You have to decide if you want to feel like you’re improving your life or if you actually want to change it for the better.
If you simply want to feel like you’re making a positive change, you should stick with the traditional new year’s resolutions.
However, if you actually want to change your life forever, you’re going to have to embrace the fact that it will be hard at first.
The great thing about habits is that once they’re a habit, they’re easy to do. But habits are a double-edged sword because building new habits often requires you to break old habits — which is the hard part.
Fortunately, I have good news. I created a system for controlling your habits that provides a clear path to habit change.
If you’re willing to put in the work starting now, you can transform yourself into a better person by the end of 2017.
It won’t be easy, but I promise it will be worth it.
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