Do We Need New Year’s
Creating a life change takes some hustle. I am not talking about struggle, but effort… the kind of effort that says you mean it.
So how do you keep up your focus on the long-term, while you are dealing with reality and difficulties of the short-term? I invite you to explore
these 8 habits, ways to hustle, or keys to successful transformation.
Get clear on your goal, and display it somewhere prominent. Post it on your wall. Set it as your phone backdrop. Make it your computer
wallpaper. Anything! Just make it visible. So you have a reminder, day in, day out, of what you are working toward.
Eliminate distractions. Highly effective hustlers know their business is not going to build itself while they refresh their Facebook feed for the
hundredth time today. They identify the biggest time-wasting activities that eat up most of their time (while offering the least satisfaction), and
eliminate them without mercy. If that means unsubscribing from every unnecessary email, disabling all text notifications, silencing their phone,
or cutting their cable cord, so be it.
Schedule it. Have you ever said you can’t “find the time” to do something? Nobody finds time, we choose time. We all choose to spend our time
the way we do — whether that is eating junk food or going to a spin class. Make your new goals a priority and actually schedule them into your
calendar. If you have a fitness goal, schedule recurring time blocks for your daily workouts. Treat these New Year Resolution’s appointments
just like they were scheduled doctor appointments. You rarely reschedule your doctor; you should treat this time the same way. That which is
scheduled gets done.
Pre-plan for temptation. A recent study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, tracked people’s reactions to temptations
throughout the day. The study, led by Wilhelm Hofmann of the University of Chicago, showed that the people with the best self-control were the
ones who use their willpower less often. Instead of fending off one urge after another, these people set up their lives to minimize temptations.
They play offense, not defense, using their willpower in advance so that they avoid crises, conserve their energy and outsource as much self-
control as they can. For example, prepare a healthy snack to take to work vs. hitting the vending machines.
Improve daily. Follow the “Kaizen” philosophy and strive to continuously improve every day. If personal growth is not pursued, they know it is
awfully easy to find themselves living in a state of monotony, where progress stagnates and inspiration dies.
Be patient. Progress is seldom linear. Some people will see rapid gains only to hit resistance later in their efforts. For others, initial progress
may be painfully slow but then they suddenly achieve rapid breakthroughs. Making lasting changes takes time.
Reward often. In psychology, rewards work as well as punishment in changing behavior. If you use willpower only to deny yourself pleasures,
it becomes a grim, thankless form of defense. But when you use it to gain something, you can wring pleasure out of the dreariest tasks. For
example, if you lose weight, buy a new sweater.
Get up, when you slip-up or fail often. Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If Thomas Edison
was persistent enough to keep trying after failing over a thousand times, we can succeed despite the occasional mistake. Legendary coach
Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”
Resiliency is paramount. Do not turn temporary failures into total meltdowns or excuses for giving up. Instead, just acknowledge the mistake
and recommit to the path towards the goal.
Remember that resolutions of any kind take energy to turn into long-lasting and secure patterns. Be gentle with yourself, and you will be able to
accomplish great things.
“The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.” — Unknown
Most of us make a New Year’s resolution (or two or three) that we won’t keep. Still, despite the ritual’s
repeated failings, we keep trying. This annual tradition, which dates as far back as Ancient Rome, is a
reminder that humans cannot stop believing in themselves and new beginnings. Richard Wiseman, a
psychologist and author with a penchant for mass participation experiments, discovered that 52 percent of
people making New Year's resolutions were confident they would stick it out. Yet only a scant 12 percent
Then why bother? Because there are actual benefits: First, whatever you hope for this year — to lose
weight, to exercise more, to spend less money — you are much more likely to make improvements than
someone who has not made a formal resolution. Next, if you can make it through January, you have a good
chance of lasting a lot longer. New Year's resolutions are all about hopefulness. They are a way to quantify
what we wish for ourselves. They are a means to catalogue our personal dissatisfactions. And, perhaps
most importantly, they are a method of erasing errors of the past year.
So you have figured out what you want to change. However, simply creating a new level of awareness,
does not a change make. It is a very action-orientated process. It is all about awareness and hustle.