2015 is here. The sun came up just like any other day for people, but with a Jager bomb concoction of excitement and misery from one hell of a hangover. January 1st is really no different than any other day, aside from the fact it's a chance to start something new.
In 2007, I had big dreams of becoming a millionaire. At the time, I believed that if you had a lot of money, you'd be happier, and life would be much easier. Little did I know, life would be easier in very obvious material ways, but a lot of rich people are totally miserable. Like, please let this plane crash into a mountain so I can get the fuck out kind of miserable.
To eventually reach millionaire status, I'd start my goal small: Make $25,000 per month. Coming from someone who had mere pennies to his name, and was still in high school, it was a totally logical step. The $25,000 per month never came. Big surprise.
I had really no plan of action or enough of a work ethic to truly do something, but even more so, my WHY wasn't deep enough. It had no roots, nothing to latch onto my desire to act and change. At the beginning of 2011 with the help of Tim Ferriss' book "The 4-Hour Body," I set out to lose 100 pounds in a year. I failed...kinda. I lost 75 pounds in about 2 1/2 years. What made losing weight successful and making fat stacks of cash not successful?
The proper plan. The why. The roots. The desire to act after hitting almost 320 pounds, being diabetic, and seeing tagged Facebook photos of myself as this sort of lost child of Jabba the Hutt. You can say you want to accomplish this or that as your New Year's Resolution, but there's a 99.9% chance you won't if your foundation is built on paper mache.
And maybe you don't need to make any New Year's Resolutions at all. Maybe you just need to take another look at your goals, tweak, and act. Life can change so often and so fast that something you planned to do just doesn't apply anymore.
Whatever it is you do want to do, just don't make any excuses, and follow the roots.
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