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Why over 80% fail: Sound Familiar?

New Year’s resolutions often never materialize…

According to a U.S. News report, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.  Have you ever wondered why?

habits 2Personally, I believe this to be a direct result of people not setting and sticking with simple daily disciplines.  It’s the little choices, when compounded over time, that either get us closer to our goals or pull us further away from them.  The impact of those choices, for better or for worse, determine our path and ultimately the end results.

“The things you do every single day – the things that don’t look dramatic – that don’t even look like they matter, do matter. They not only make a difference – they make all the difference.” – Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge

Jeff Olson’s assertion makes perfect, logical sense; that simple daily productive actions make the difference between failure and success.  It’s like a bank account where every little daily choice is either a deposit or a withdrawal. For example, want to lose weight?  Commit to just 5 sit-ups and 5 push-ups each morning just before hopping in the shower.  Want to learn more and expand your expertise?  Rather than waking up and watching the news or checking social media, read just 5 pages of a book – on professional development.)

You might be asking yourself, “Could such little actions like reading 5 pages and/or doing 5 push-ups each morning make such a massive impact on my life?”  I am here to tell you -YES!  I know this to be true because it has made a lasting difference in my own life.  When facing long terms goals, approach them with simple daily activities.  Create these little daily disciplines and you will ultimately reach those year-end resolutions!

Ask yourself, “What would my life be like today if last January I had changed just one simple thing?”  The choice is yours!

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Sunny or Hot? The lens through which you view the world becomes your reality.

Would you say the weather this past month was hot or sunny?

magnifying glassBoth would be accurate however one is more helpful to you than the other.  Being aware of which descriptive words you choose in situations says a lot about your mindset.  For this story, choosing sunny signifies being optimistic whereas hot leans towards pessimistic.  Reflect on the word you chose; does it match up with your mindset?

Why is this so important?  Because your success depends on it!  There are deep consequences to how you view things since what you choose to focus on quickly becomes your reality.   The great news is that you are the one that has control over this. You are the only one that can change the lens to which you view things.

To prove this point, doctors have tested the placebo effect on patients, by giving them a sugar pill when the patient may have thought they were getting a real prescription.  When some patients began to feel better, that was clearly evidence that a simple change in their mindset was powerful enough to change their story/their reality.

If your mindset is of curiosity, wonder and hope – fabulous!  Keep it up!   If you find yourself in a rut that might be focused on negativity and uncertainty, reset it to a state of optimism and possibility.  The latter will bring you more enjoyment and enhance your life. Try it for one week and I promise you will see a difference.  Hopefully you will stand up taller, smile more and feel happier. You won’t want to turn back.

Scan your environment for the positive, never the negative, and make it a sunny day!

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