You don’t have to tell me that now that December 25th has come and gone people are ready to share their secrets to successfully changing who they are. So who we be not try the same?
Fact is, when the clock strikes midnight, you won’t be a better person. You won’t be more in touch with your emotions. You won’t have more willpower or more drive or more dedication. Chances are the closest think to your head will be a pillow or a buzz. Either way, your still the same person as you were in 2010. Let me, and this is just between us, tell you two facts about the new year:
1. You won’t be able to change your habits.
2. You will not end the year the same person.
Those are two universally accurate and conflicting truths. You can’t actively change habits and despite our seeming static lifestyles you can’t stay the same. What you can do, however, is encourage productive growth by chaining your environment. So here are some tips to help you achieve your unrealistic goals:
Read More: Ditch your remote. Very few people don’t read because they don’t have anything interesting to read. They don’t read because it is easier to veg out on the couch in front of a sitcom. We don’t actually recommend you sell your TV, after all you may have other uses for it (such as a spouse), but we do encourage you to make watching TV more difficult. Ditching your remote is an easy way to make being a couch potato harder.If that doesn’t work, turn on the sleep timer every time you watch something. Sleep timers turn the TV off after a set amount of time. If nothing else it will remind you how long you have been sitting there.
Write More (Friends): Give up social media. It doesn’t matter if you are emailing or snail mailing letters. Fact is you can’t say something interesting if you share every thought with them already. If you want to connect more with the people you care about you have to share less. The next step is to find something meaningful to say. Here is the tricky part: think about what you talk about when your together. Is it family, friends, enemies, business, or hobbies? It doesn’t matter just pick one. Next, pick one event related to it. A sports event you watched, a movie you saw, or a silly person who tried to sell you magazines at the mall. It doesn’t matter. Next, write them about it and put it away. After some time, be it 10 minutes or 10 hours return and write it again. Now merge your stories into one and send it off.
Write More (Yourself): Schedule a time. In this case it doesn’t matter if you are doing it professionally or personally. You need to have a time set aside to get your thoughts on paper. The trick is, if you give yourself 1 hour every morning, you need to be ready to write at the same time each day. Even if you don’t want to write, or you have nothing to say, jot down something. Just as importantly, even if you are in the middle of a paragraph, stop when your time is up. The goal is to make this time a reward. To make it something to look forward to.
Loose Weight: Toss it. A baseline is what you stand at when you don’t restrict a process. It tells you how far you have changed things once you start chaining them. Some people suggest no eating everything. They say, leave something on your plate, and you will learn potion control. No. You won’t. Instead, toss some of your portion away at the start every time you eat. This gives you the emotional satisfaction of finishing without the calories of eating. If you are someplace where tossing food at the beginning of a meal is impractical or rude (such as a restaurant) ask for a doggie bag at the start and cut off the part you don’t want.
Update – Part 2