Personal Improvement

The Evolution of Resolutions

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Making and failing to fulfill the same old New Year’s resolutions?  LMM will teach you new ways to make sure this time they actually stick.

Once the hangover subsides, we are all gung ho to really stick to our resolutions.  But by February (at the latest), we’re back in the same old habits.  Despair no more!  Meet the Impossible List!

The impossible list is not so much a bucket list as an evolving, active guide for what you want to do with your life. You need to have goals, but you need to track them too.  And improve upon them.  So you ran a 5K, congrats!  Maybe now that evolves into doing a triathlon.

You get some confidence on a small goal and use that momentum to spring board to a bigger, better goal.  Focus is important too. Write down a goal and then write down each day, what you did to work toward that goal.

And take care not to scatter your focus.  Concentrate on what is important and don’t get distracted by shiny objects.  We don’t want you to be a savant, there’s a lot to be said for being well rounded, but save your real energy for what is important.

At this point Andrew and Thomas started talking about the approaching zombie apocalypse.  WTF?  I’m still trying to figure it out.

Getting back on track.  All your resolutions don’t have to be year long odysseys.  You can have monthly resolutions that are measurable.  Never underestimate the power of quick results. It takes a lot longer to save $10,000 in a year than it does to save $100 in a month.  And the quick payoff propels you forward.

If there is a single piece of advice that will help foster your goals, it is get up early and go to bed early.  It is not a crime to go to bed at 10:00.  In NYC in particular, people love to brag about how they get so little sleep.  I always say, “That sucks.  I slept nine hours last night.  It was awesome.”

You will be so much more productive if you rouse your ass out of bed before 7:00 am.  More time to exercise, pack your lunch, read, meditate, have sex.  All of those things will improve your day so much more than an extra hour of sleep.

2015 will pass as quickly as 2014 seemed to.  A year from now you can be where you are now or you can be where you want to be.

Show Notes

Wild Devil:  An India pale ale.

Hitachino Nest Beer:  A fermented ale.

The Power of Habit:  How to harness the power of habits.

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Candice Elliott - Senior Editor
Candice Elliott is a substantial contributor to Listen Money Matters. She has been a personal finance writer since 2013 and has written extensively on student loan debt, investing, and credit. She has successfully navigated these areas in her own life and knows how to help others do the same. Candice has answered thousands of questions from the LMM community and spent countless hours doing research for hundreds of personal finance articles. She happily calls New Orleans, Louisiana home-the most fun city in the world.

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