January 14th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 2
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How's Your Conviction
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Now that we’re a couple weeks into 2015, I’m interested in how many of you are sticking to your resolutions? Whether it’s going to the gym, quitting smoking or spending less money, it’s a fact that only 8% of us will actually achieve our intended goals, and only a third of us will last until February. These statistics don’t inspire much faith that the New Year’s resolution idea does anything more than set us all up for disappointment. So, is it really worth it?
The debate in my head questions whether it’s more damaging to try and fail, versus the freedom of not setting a specific goal in the first place. Which is the lesser of two evils? The defeat, one feels that failing could be enough to cyclone into other areas of their life, creating a sub-conscious pattern. Where on the other hand, not trying at all leaves you stagnant and unprogressive in any area for improvement. In my opinion, neither of these deserve any attention and should be discarded as options at all. They’re characteristics of weakness and fear and are the fundamental reasons why we fail at these types of personal challenges to begin with.
So to answer the previous question of the validity of these New Year resolutions, the answer is YES…it’s still worth it! Forget about failing and set goals, try harder, seek improvement and make changes to your life. We all need to seek a path where we’re forced to measure ourselves in some way, and test the boundaries that limit us. To not accept everything as it is and challenge and face our fears, weaknesses and parameters. The routine of life can leave the best of us lost in its wake, and any excuse to motivate us to change is welcomed and celebrated in my world. I just wish there was more of them.
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It’s a proven fact that we can train how our brain reacts to our thoughts. When we say we’re going to do something and fail to attempt it, we’re actually sending a signal to our brain that suggests that when we make these convictions, we’re not actually serious about achieving them. But when we make a promise to ourselves, and follow through with it, we’re strengthening that signal tenfold. We can literally optimize our brain to work for us, not against us, as it’s become accustomed to.
So, get back in the gym, throw away that pack of smokes, put some money in the bank, spend more time with the one’s you love, try harder and push yourself to be the best you can be. There’s greatness all around us, and they didn’t get there by giving up and quitting. Develop a healthy competition with yourself and see how far you can push the limits that bind you. Don’t settle for anything less than being the best you can be. Life’s too short to look back and wonder ‘what if’.
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