A well-known study of the Harvard University class of "53 revealed that only 10 percent of the students had established any goals at all, and that only 3 percent of the men and women in that class had written their goals down on paper. Twenty years later, the researchers again interviewed those very same former class member. They were involved in their careers and had famiilies now. The 3 percent who had written down their goals two decades earlier, were now worth more in economic terms that the entire remaining 97 percent of the class combined! Of course, financial success isn't' everything, but this study clearly shows the results of writing down your goals!
So, it’s been a little over two weeks since you made a promise to yourself. “This is the year, I’m going to eat healthy…exercise more…start my own business...read more books...” Whatever your New Year’s Resolution was (and hopefully still is), chances are you’ve started to come across some of the challenges that it presents.
It is around the two week mark that we all have to make a decision. Do we carry out our plans and continue working on our resolutions or do we say we gave it the old college try and have a cheeseburger…wash it down with a beer…sit on the couch…and give up? The way to stick to a resolution like working out or eating healthy is to make it a habit.
There are several views on how long it takes to form a habit (especially a good one). Based on personal experience, I side with those who think it takes about 30 days to form a habit, but it depends mostly on the person and the activity. I have made a little diagram to illustrate my point:
Fun Activity (Voluntary) = Easy 7 Days Simple - team sports, Charitable Volunteer, Rewarding Job
Fun Activity (Obligatory) = Easy 14 Days Simple - Fitness Group,
Not So Fun (Voluntary) = Moderate 21- 30 Days - Crazy Boot Camp
Not So Fun (Obligatory) = Difficult - 60 - 90 Days - Mandated Community Service
For the purposes of this table the difference between Voluntary and Obligatory are simply that you aren’t necessarily in control of the schedule or your reason for doing it (hence, the feeling of obligation). For instance you may love love love your Rewarding Job, but you must be there from 9 to 5 and you need to go to pay your bills – - making it a Fun Obligation (I’m asking you to think positive here).
On the other hand, you may hate super hard early morning workouts, but you choose to attend Military Style Morning Workouts with a trainer who thinks he’s prepping Soccer Moms for combat in order to achieve the healthy body you want…i.e. a Not So Fun yet still Voluntary Activity. These are the activities where I find myself thinking, “Shelly, you bring these things upon yourself.”
The trick is to move every activity you want or need to achieve into either the Fun Voluntary or the Fun Obligatory Activity category. There are ways to make everything at least a little more fun, like attending crazy boot camp with funny friends (or trading it in for a high energy class that has the same calorie burn, but doesn’t give you Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
This week, put all of your activities into these four categories. Insert a “Habit Column” to the left of the “Fun Voluntary Column” and try moving a healthy activity one column to the left each week. Soon you will have healthy habits that you can stick to until your resolution becomes a reality!
NOTE: You may be wondering how you would move “Court Mandated Community Service” into the Fun Category. Here’s a hint – - Watch Mighty Ducks. It worked for Emilio Estevez!
Live to Your Potential
Have you ever asked yourself the questions: What on earth am I here for? What is my purpose in life? Of all the great pursuits of life, this could be the most important! Some believe every virtue, treasure, and reward in life is obtained through the quest to live your potential. Potential is what you can become, the best possible version of yourself. When you knows God's purpose for your life and understand the big picture, then all the pieces of your life fit together. When you are doing something you feel is meaningful and makes you happy while you are dong it, then you are following your purpose and living your potential.
Some call it mojo or the positive spirit of what you are doing. Who are you? What are you good at? What do other people think you are good at? Dare to dream about what you can achieve. Many people lock their greatness away, afraid of their own vast potential. It is said that the greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we are capable of doing and becoming.
So, who and what are you becoming?
If you knew that you could not fail, what would you do with your life?
"My name is _____________, my life is ________________."
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Really, really spend this time thinking about your life and your dreams. Let go and let God place His dreams in your heart! What would you do with your life if you KNEW you could not fail? What would bring meaning and fulfillment to you and the people you love? How could you make a difference in the world?
ACTION: Write it all down on a piece of paper or journal. Yes, in your own hand writing! Enjoy this process. Do it today. Don't delay, the rest of your life starts NOW!!!
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