Welcome to 2016! I hope your year is off to a great start.
Because it’s a new year, a lot of people are making lists of resolutions. I used to be one of these folks, carefully cataloging the faults I wanted to fix every winter. Not anymore.
It’s not that I’m perfect — as Kim could attest, I’m far from it! — but I learned a long time ago that making a bunch of resolutions was a sure path to failure for me. There’s a reason you see stories every April about how most people aren’t meeting the goals they set at the first of the year.
Nowadays, I do something different, something that actually works for me. Instead of tackling several resolutions each year, I only tackle one.
Last year, for instance, my goal was to explore the United States by motorhome. (I just posted a trip summary at my personal blog, by the way.) In 2014, my aim was to publish and publicize the Get Rich Slowly course.
Here’s a more relatable example: In 2010, I focused on fitness. I wanted to lose fifty pounds, so I tried to weigh every decision with that one goal in mind. You know what? It worked. I didn’t lose fifty pounds that year, but I did lose forty. I lost the rest by the middle of 2011 and was the fittest I’d ever been in my life.
The main reason I was able to do this was that fitness was my only goal for 2010. Nothing else mattered. I didn’t have other objectives clouding my view. I set one goal, and I worked hard to meet it. I picked the one thing in my life that most needed change, and I committed to changing it. [Read more…]