I heard someone famous talk about their new year’s resolution. How they would make one every year but it never happened.
This got me thinking.
I think it comes down to what I heard Reverend Ike say in his talk called “The Secret of Good Luck.”
Most people don’t achieve their goals because they don’t know they want. They don’t decide. This is 75% and they rely on “dumb luck,” aka whatever happens happens.
15% know what they want but don’t write it down.
7% of the top achievers know what they want and write it down.
The top 3% of folks who get what they want do three things.
1. They know what they want. They are definite in their goals.
2. They write it down.
3. And they review it frequently. As in first thing after waking up, looking at their goals multiple times per day, and reviewing it as they fall asleep.
This is similar to Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret and his 30 day challenge within that talk. Write one goal down on a card. Read it in the morning, think of it multiple times per day, and read it right before sleep. In an easy and relaxed manner. Cheerful manner.
Same process as in Think and Grow Rich and many other books of similar nature.
Every day is a new game is my new motto. I treat every day as a game of basketball with four quarters. My goal is to win the game, to win the day.
I win by feeling like a winner. I get that thru exercise, meditation, and positive thinking. Especially exercise these days because I have meditation and positive thinking as strong habits by now.
What I am saying is that every day must be New Year’s Day and we must write down and focus on that one New Year’s Resolution every single day. Multiple times per day. It has to become a positive obsession. That is what I am learning with myself.
It can’t be to make a resolution on January 1st and be distracted by the time it is February 14th. Every day is January 1st. It is always Day One as Jeff Bezos thinks. The score on every possession is 0-0 as Michael Jordan thought (as mentioned by BJ Armstrong on the Rich Eisen show).
This is a new thing for me that I have internalized. I treat today as a complete game, year, or life. Beginning, middle, and end. What are the best things I can do today, not even thinking of past successes or failures. They don’t count today. It doesn’t matter if I flossed my teeth or not yesterday. I must do it again today.
This takes daily reminders (checklists) that I read daily. Then it takes self discipline, inspiration, motivation, incentives, rewards, positive self talk, reverse psychology, self praise, friendly competition with others, and many other psychological tools to do what I must today. Until the forward momentum is so strong that it is self sustaining. Even then, I must stay focused and not start a negative momentum (negative habit).
All of this is fun because I treat it like a game now. What would MJ do? What would Tom Brady do? Jeff Bezos? Warren Buffett? And so on. I want to win too! I like the feeling of winning. So I must do things that make me feel like a winner.