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New Year's Resolutions Suck. Do This Instead. - Benjamin McEvoy

New Year's Resolutions Suck. Do This Instead. - Benjamin McEvoy
New Year's Eve is 5 weeks away. That's another 5 weeks of people postponing their dreams and waiting to make New Year's resolutions. The big glittery ball will drop. Fireworks will explode across the sky. Loved ones will kiss and cuddle and shake hands. And 45% of people will pledge that 2017 is the year ...


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New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions

New Year Resolutions are a disaster for a majority of us.

They feel unpleasant due to the fact that we see them as an event. The time, process, dedication, and commitment we need to them done are ignored.




Event Vs Process

Event Vs Process

All events have a backstory, a history, some amount of risk and sacrifice.

  • If we focus on the event only, we will not be able to do anything with our lives.
  • If we follow the process, daily making ourselves better and stay committed, we end up getting the life we desire.



Losing weight

Losing weight

As we know, exercise in any form makes us better.

Instead of complicating the process and making it a big event, just smoothen the daily process. Make a habit of going out to exercise by getting up early, wearing the right clothes, packing the gym bag at night, so that you remove friction from the activity.



Get organized

Get organized
  • The real action on getting organized is to remove clutter and focus on essential work only.
  • You don't need to stay busy the whole day to be organized. Focus on the top 3 items of your list (about 20 percent of the tasks) and complete them on priority.
  • Block time periods to (preferably 2 to 3 hours) to focus without distraction.



Keep learning

Keep learning

Get some time out for learning every day. It is the Holy Grail of a good life.

Spare 20 to 40 minutes a day and learn, instead of wasting time on channel surfing or social media.



Falling in love

Falling in love

Get going on your social life/love life without worrying about anything else.

Be yourself and find a partner who clicks with you, using the various offline and online options available.



Know what you want

Know what you want

By knowing what you want, you are not being vague about your goal so you commit to special action steps.

Know what you want and keep a tracker to review your goals on a weekly or monthly basis.



Acting on small steps

Acting on small steps

Figure out the simple quick step that you can do right now, instead of sitting and procrastinating on the big goal you have decided for yourself.

Focus on the easy steps, which can be done daily, turning it into a system of activity.



Keep the momentum

Keep the momentum

Doing something every day keeps you in the process.

If you want to exercise, any form of exercise done daily, even a 5-minute walk is better than no exercise.




There are no such things as secrets when it comes to personal success

Every piece of new advice you hear has been said before. The real secret lies in how well you execute the advice.  🤔

Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something.
Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something. No one can argue with that.  🏅

Practical Tips To Make Your Resolutions Stick Even Better ⚓️

  1. Keep It Small — It’s about thinking big and acting small. You’ll achieve those big goals in time.

  2. Measure Your Progress — If you don’t measure your progress, it’s safe to say that you are not making any. 

  3. Be Accountable To Yourself — One of the most important skills you can learn in life is to be self-reliant. 

New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

93% of us set new year resolutions, with the common themes being about losing weight, eating better, starting an exercise regime, or saving money.

Research shows that 45% of people ...

Authentic Motivation

Why we set our goals matters. If it is out of fear or social expectations, then they are not going to last.

Authentic values are what helps achieve our goals, as there is a never-ending supply of willpower when we are doing what aligns with our innermost core.

Use Positive Framing

Resolving that you won't have any alcohol keeps the focus on the alcohol. Instead of focusing on what you don't want to do, focus on the positive aspect, like drinking more water.

Use gratitude and other positive emotions to steer your mind out of any pitfalls.

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Gretchen Rubin

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”

Gretchen Rubin

One Step Daily

Most people do not stick to their New Year's resolutions because they focus on the entire task.

By just focusing on the daily small steps, one is able to create a successful daily routine.

Keep It Practical

Dial back your goal for the New Year to be a more practical, pragmatic one, and your chances of success will rise dramatically.

Don't be too hard on yourself.