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Article #1: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Article #1: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

The Secrets to Goal Achievement

 

Have you noticed? There are a lot more people working out at the gym this week. Not the usual crowd either. I admit, at first I was a bit annoyed. They were invading “my” space, taking up time on “my” equipment, causing a crowd in “my” locker room. Then a better, more graceful “me” emerged, and I told myself,

“Hey, they are just wanting the same thing I am wanting — to obtain better fitness, better health, more energy, maybe even a better shape.”

Funny though. This is the same pattern I see every year. People start going to the gym in the new year, only to be back on the couch eating cookies and drinking a sugary, big-gulp by the middle of January.

  • What causes this?
  • Why can’t most people obtain their goals?
  • Why don’t people follow through?

Many of us start the New Year with a new resolution, a new goal, but don’t stick to it. Studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Failure has become so common that many people have quit trying.

It is easy to just dismiss them and say they just don’t have the willpower, or they just don’t want it bad enough. But willpower and commitment are only a couple of the less functional parts of goal achievement. They are baby steps in the journey toward keeping a resolution or in the art and science of goal achievement.

We will be taking major power moves, giant strides on our goal achievement journey, so if you are game, stick around and let’s get ‘er done together.

I believe you can succeed. In this and successive articles, I will provide you with a method that has worked for me. Over the past 45 years, I have been on a quest to find the holy grail. The magic potion, the anointed elixir, the secret formula. Unfortunately, it is just a bit more involved than any one mysterious secret can provide; it takes a few steps to get there. But it isn’t difficult or complicated if you move forward bit by bit. Remember the old saying? Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.

If you are willing to take it inch by inch, I can help you get there. If you are willing to take it one step at a time, I know you can do it. You can have new hope in obtaining your deepest desires.

You see, I have studied the best. Anthony Robbins, John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, John Assaraf, Mark Waldman, and Ben Hardy; all have parts of the puzzle, but I am here to give you the best of all of them, and along the way, we will become better at fulfilling our resolutions. I will provide you with a method to fulfill all your dreams if you are willing to take this journey with me.

It is both an art and a science, and it is one that you can learn. The truth is that most of us have never been taught how to obtain our most important dreams, aspirations, and desires, our goals in this life.

In this short essay, I will provide you with the basics of keeping your New Year’s Resolution, and then in following articles, you will obtain all the details based on ancient wisdom and the most recent neuroscience — both necessary to fulfill your wildest dreams.

First, let’s assume you have a resolution. This might come to you out of the frustration of not obtaining last year’s objective. Or, it might be something new that has inspired you to take action. Or, it could come from an annual, systematic review of your life.

I like dividing my life into significant categories to keep track of the essential areas of my existence. I don’t want too many items, but enough to cover all the major ones I know affect me dearly.

My primary areas can be divided up into internal and external. My interior areas are my mind, body, and spirit. These are all key areas that we are essentially in total control of. While imprisoned for 27 years, even Nelson Mandela controlled his Mind, Body, and Spirit. In fact, he learned to control these three areas so well that he changed South Africa and was an example to the world on how to fight (non-violently) to abolish the injustice of apartheid.

My external areas are my Relationships, my Mission/Finances, and my Richness of life. Relationships are pretty obvious, we are social animals, and one of our significant competitive advantages in nature is that we can act together to accomplish big goals—healthy relationships are vital.

Mission/Finances is an excellent area to spend some time with, as I recently read that 80% of working people don’t like their jobs. Turning your work into something you’re passionate about is crucial toward living a rich life. Implementing a system to make this happen is essential, and there is a way to do it, but again, few people know how and it is even rarer that anyone teaches it. Stick with me, and I can help guide you through it.

Living life with passion, having a passionate mission is vitally important to the final central area–the Richness of Life. I like to think of the Richness of Life as the cherry on top. It can be the celebration at the end of a journey, or it can just be the excursion that makes life worth living. In either case, it is vital to keep everything else in perspective. How do you celebrate your accomplishments—it is vitally important to have this in mind as you start to commit to your resolution or your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With this overview out of the way, let’s take a quick look at the brass tacks—the critical steps to keeping your resolutions and obtaining your goals.

I have broken them down into seven master steps to unlock your goal-achieving success. In the coming articles, I will dive deeper into each of these seven master steps to provide you a path to achieving any goal you set your mind to. The seven steps are:

  1. Goal Setting — Mindset
  2. Purpose Driven – Inspiration
  3. Strategies — Education
  4. Overcoming Obstacles – Grit
  5. Turbo Boost – Flow & Environment
  6. Accountability –Forcing Functions
  7. Massive Action—Revisions and Celebrations

So stay tuned and we will get there together.

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As an example, you might start by setting aside a portion of your income to help others.  In this way, you will be leading both a rich life and a wealthy life. Choose a church, a charity, or a cause that you can enthusiastically support. Then give your money and/or your time to support that cause. The primary beneficiary of such noble actions is always the one who gives. 

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Dave Razo

Author – Speaker – Leader - Investor

Dave spent a long and distinguished career as a pilot and leader in the United States Air Force. Along the way, he managed to obtain three graduate degrees.  As an investor in the stock market for more than 37 years, Dave has seen his share of ups and downs.  When Dave retired as a Colonel in 2006, he founded Razor Sharp Investments. Subsequently, he worked with an investment education company, teaching new investors how to handle their money, and then two brokerage firms doing the same thing.  In 2012, Dave founded his own investment firm.  Dave has always been fascinated by the question, Why do people do the things that they do?  On his discovery journey, he encountered Tony Robbins. He worked with his event staff to eventually progresss through the Institute for Strategic Intervention as a coach, making him ideally suited to tackle the most formidable challenges in a relationship.  Dave continues to be committed to a life of service, mainly serving those struggling in their relationships over money.  

 

Dave is dedicated to the values of
Integrity First  -- Service Before Self – Excellence in All We Do.
Author: Rich Life, Wealthy Life
From Successful Investing to Happy Empowered Living
RichLifeWealthyLifeBook.com

How to Harness The First Superpower of Goal Achievement

How to Harness The First Superpower of Goal Achievement

How to Harness The First Superpower of Goal Achievement

 

There is a battle raging for your brain.  It is real, and you are in the middle of it, whether you realize it or not.  Most people are not aware of it.  Most people don’t realize the bombs are even going off.  They are not aware of the constant attack on your brain.  They are not aware of how other people control their attention, influencing their thinking, and many times, changing their behavior.

This is an epic battle for your brain.  It is as big as David and Goliath.  As heroic as Superman vs. the Joker.  It is as divided as God vs. Satan.  As competitive and confusing as Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader.  This hero and villain saga is left to the three pounds of fat between your ears to analyze and decipher.  And in the end, only you can decide where you will stand whether you will be a victor over the constant attack or a victim of it.

If you don’t take control of what is being processed, you will surely be a victim to whatever is the next “flavor of the day.”  The next text, email, phone call, or TV/Radio advertisement.  The number of inputs can be overwhelming, and it takes a warrior’s mentality to fight this battle.

If you are not ready to fight and win the battle, be prepared to be left in the rubble.  Those who are more relentless, more persuasive, more impactful will take control and win if you don’t fight.  Victim or victor, the choice is yours, but to be a victor takes effort. It takes action, assertion—a willingness to set your course and steer your own ship.

To win the battle, you must fight.  The first and one of the best lines of defense is to take the offensive by setting your own clear objectives and not be swayed by any distraction.  The enemy is smart and will continuously try to lure you to their bait, push you into their web.  Clarity in your objective, a clear vision for your future is key to winning the war.

Ninety percent (90%) of the victory can be won in the first 10% of the effort.  Having clarity is often that first 10%.

 

Clarity First, Clarity Always

For many years (30 to be exact), I was a pilot.  Every time we were preparing to go fly, we would always plan our destination, our route – from takeoff to landing.  During our journey, the takeoff and the landing were always the most critical and needed the most attention. At the same time, the route was just as essential to keep us on our path and avoid potential problems along our journey.  For reasons of survival, the takeoff and landing remained the most critical.

This balance between critical and routine is true in the case of most goals in life.  There will be “CRITICAL” tasks like the takeoff and landing, and there will be routine tasks that must be done efficiently and effectively on a repetitive basis.  You need clarity before your launch, you need clarity while you are en-route, and you need clarity to land successfully.

The average person has roughly 49 thoughts per minute.  That adds up to 70,000 thoughts in a single day, every day. Our brains are magnificent at eliminating, ignoring, and subduing thousands more inputs that we perceive on a daily basis.

With this large quantity of thoughts darting into our heads, it’s easy for our brains to become overwhelmed or foggy.  To fight the fog, we need clarity on where we are heading, what we hope to accomplish, where we are going, and our ultimate destination.

The potential problems that we encounter in life are endless in variety, severity, and persistence.  I bet that you will experience some difficulties along the way no matter what goal you have.  Clarity helps you get through the obstacles. Overcoming obstacles is a critical component of achieving the goal and maintaining clarity in your objective.  Having clarity will help you get through the barrier.

Ninety percent (90%) of the victory can be won in the first 10% of the effort.  Having clarity is often that first 10%.   This is often having the clarity of your objective and clarity of your purpose.

Spend some time determining your destination, and then start to plan the actual trip.  What will your daily routine be like to get there?  What obstacles do you need to overcome immediately or in the near future?  What obstacles might come up along the way?

Clarity of destination is only half the clarity you will need.  You see, setting the goal is one thing, but every pilot knows you have to make sure your plane is powered, has the necessary fuel and operating systems to get to your journey’s end.

Ninety percent (90%) of the victory can be won in the first 10% of the effort.  Having the clarity of purpose can power you to your goal.

Clarity of Purpose, Determining Your WHY

Determining your WHY will go a long way toward ensuring you have the fuel to get to your destination.  Your brain is almost magical in helping you figure this out, and your WHY might even change along your journey, but having a BIG WHY will help power you to your destination.

There are plenty of examples of people performing superhuman acts when their loved one is on the line. We hear of the mother who picks up a car to rescue her child.  We know other stories of how someone accomplished something incredible overtime despite overwhelming odds to commemorate one of their heroes or an idol.  Or the stories of achieving an unfathomable feat because they were motivated by someone elses; circumstance.

And finally, we have living examples of people who create their own WHY, in their heads to give them the motivation to win. Michael Jordan is well known for “creating,” “imagining” his basketball adversary in a particularly unfavorable light so that he had the motive to overcome the opposing team.

These are all examples have having a big enough why to get to their destination.

To quote John Assaraf, “If your “why” is big enough, then your “try” will be big enough. 

We all have periods when we are a bit uncertain as to where exactly we are heading, but with some helpful techniques, we can keep those times to a minimum

 

Download Your FREE eCopy Of Rich Life, Wealthy Life

Reclaiming your love life, and getting your financial house in order doesn’t have to be painful.

Rich Life, Wealthy Life provides strategies for “stress-free” wealth development and delves into the leading cause of disharmony and divorce.  Here you will find solutions to emotional distress and a pathway toward empowering harmonious relations.

Finding Your Purpose—Finding Your Passion

I have read a few books on finding your purpose and finding your passion.  One of the best exercises I came across was through the Flow Research Collective.  Finding your love helps make your clarity that much more powerful.  Having a passion for your subject will power you through any of the challenging obstacles you are bound to face along the way.

You can start to uncover your passion by listing your curiosities.  What are you curious?  Once you have your list, look for intersections, overlapping places where your interests come together, and then see where the most overlaps occur.  These will be an area where you might consider developing your purpose as it fulfills several of your curiosities and thus fuels your passion.

Here are five steps you can use to complete the passion exercise.

  • Make a list in a circle à writing it down is best. Include 25 things they are curious about—be specific.
  • Connect the related subjects with a line,
  • Hunt for intersections à spot where the lines overlap. When multiple ideas overlap, Dopamine and other neurochemicals are released.  These help you to:
    1. Focus,
    2. Tune the signal to noise ratio,
    3. Become more passionate—this can also be addictive.
  • Play with the curiositiesà 10 to 20 minutes/day on these topics every day.
  • Take time to process the information. Develop a little expertise.  Learn about the history and the language of the experts.

Now that you have started to uncover what you are passionate about, it should be relatively easy to keep yourself moving toward the clearly stated goal associated with that passion.

Our brains are amazing.  The reticular activating system (RAS) is incredibly capable at figuring out how to get to the destination once you have told your brain where you want to go.  The RAS functions as an incredible filter—eliminating the noise and helping you focus attention on what is key to your goal—the future you want to create.

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Dave Razo

Author – Speaker – Leader - Investor

Dave spent a long and distinguished career as a pilot and leader in the United States Air Force. Along the way, he managed to obtain three graduate degrees.  As an investor in the stock market for more than 37 years, Dave has seen his share of ups and downs.  When Dave retired as a Colonel in 2006, he founded Razor Sharp Investments. Subsequently, he worked with an investment education company, teaching new investors how to handle their money, and then two brokerage firms doing the same thing.  In 2012, Dave founded his own investment firm.  Dave has always been fascinated by the question, Why do people do the things that they do?  On his discovery journey, he encountered Tony Robbins. He worked with his event staff to eventually progresss through the Institute for Strategic Intervention as a coach, making him ideally suited to tackle the most formidable challenges in a relationship.  Dave continues to be committed to a life of service, mainly serving those struggling in their relationships over money.  

 

Dave is dedicated to the values of
Integrity First  -- Service Before Self – Excellence in All We Do.
Author: Rich Life, Wealthy Life
From Successful Investing to Happy Empowered Living
RichLifeWealthyLifeBook.com