What are you doing New Year’s Eve? That is one of the most asked questions on the planet the week before we ring in the new year. And people (you included) will go on ad-nauseam about what their New Year’s plans are.
Then on New Year’s Day, you stumble around, watch some TV, have a party, or should I say after-party, and grudgingly prepare for the next day, the first work day of the new year.
During that day, everyone will talk about what they did on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The stories will range anywhere from ribald tales about Las Vegas, to the more mundane, “We just stayed at home.”
No one ever asks, “What are you planning on achieving this year?” or “How much of that weight are you going to take off this year?” or “What will you do differently in the coming year that you didn’t do in the past year?” There aren’t many questions or responses about what positive things are about to happen next.
It seems as though people are willing to spend hours talking about the superficial, and not one minute talking about the reality of their lives.
Yes, I am going to wish you a happy new year.
Yes, I hope it’s a healthy one and a successful one.
But that is just a wish.
The reality is for you to have a healthy, successful new year, you’re going to have to work hard. You are going to have to do more in the coming year than you did last year. You are going to have to harness the power of your work effort and your intelligence, and do your best to turn it into money.
I know I will.
I have written many things about the lunacy of making New Year’s resolutions. They are not a total joke, but they are close. For all of you watching or reading, please send me one dollar for every resolution you made but never kept.
Heck, I’d have to send myself a few hundred.
Here are a couple things you should resolve to do in the coming year that will allow you (and me) toover succeed and over achieve:
1. Allocate your time in 30-minute segments. This gives you a full understanding of whether your time is being “spent” or “invested.”
2. Take at least two of your allocated segments (one hour) and dedicate them to writing each day. Writing will clarify your thoughts, and help you find and solidify a clear (or clearer) direction.
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