Are you a New Year's resolution person?
I'm not. At least I have not been for 15 years. For me, resolutions didn't stick. I'd go strong for a week or even a month, then I'd drop back into my old habits and routines.
I love the concept. The idea of making a commitment to myself to become a better person feels right to me.
How can we follow through on the commitments we make to ourselves? I have three ideas for you.
Idea #1 - Instead of making a resolution, choose a theme.
I didn't invent this concept. I've heard many gurus recommend this over the years. There's a reason why this idea has endured. It works.
The idea is simple. Pick one area of your life where you want to make progress. Then turn that into a punchy tag-line. I like to boil it down to a single word. For example, the year I started dating my wife, my word was ... Bold. Last year, my word was Connection.
Once you've identified your theme for the new year, give some thought about how you'll go about it. Identify specific actions you can take and new moves you want to make. Put some reminders around your home and your workspace. Even a simple post-it note will do, but you can also choose an item to serve as a "totem". I have not figured out my word for this year, but there's a good chance this baby Yoda figurine will be my totem.
Then, start living your life. Do your best each day to honor the theme that you've designed.
If you want a more detailed description of this idea, check out this vlog post I did back in 2019: One Word Resolutions
Idea #2 - Treat your life like an investment portfolio.
One of the reasons that so many resolutions fail is because we design them in isolation. We identify one area of our life that isn't optimized and we design a strategy around that area. But our lives are complex, interconnected systems and this myopic approach won't work. What we do over here, affects our life over there.
Instead, we should look at our life in total. By taking a big picture view, we can design a strategy to make progress in one area without breaking the rest.
If that sounds daunting, don't worry. It's not. You can do this in less than an hour. Think of it as an investment. A one hour investment toward the 8,760 hours that will comprise 2021. It's worth it.
But Mike, you haven't told me how to do it!!!
Simmer down now, I was getting to that.
I've created a simple, guided program. I call it, Investment in Me. It's easy to use and the best part ... it's free. You can get it here.
Idea #3 - Design Your Superpower.
What is your gift? The one thing that you do differently than everyone around you. (Notice I didn't say better.) That's where you'll find your Superpower. Once you do and you name it, you tap into a limitless source of energy and enthusiasm.
From there, it's all about designing your life around your Superpower. It's not enough to have a Superpower. You already have it. The magic happens when you design your life in such a way that your Superpower is front and center.
What's the best way to do that?
WARNING! It's about to get pitchy in here.
I'm a huge believer in Superpower. So much so that I wrote a book about it. Superpower 5.0, which you can get here.
But if you're not the type who can pick up a book and do the work on your own, I've got another opportunity for you.
Once each year I open the doors to my Superpower 5.0 masterclass. Those doors are open right now, but they will close in less than a week. That's because the Masterclass starts on Thursday, January 7th.
Superpower 5.0 is one of my most popular courses ever. It's fantastic. It's powerful and transformational, but it's also fun. And that matters. The things you learn about yourself will blow your mind, I guarantee it.
Not only is this a fantastic course, I've designed a fantastic offer to go along with it. I've packed too much into the offer to go into all the details here. Suffice to say, there's a 2-for-1 deal as well as free access to my newest course that will launch in April.
You can learn all about the Masterclass here: Superpowered 2021
I hope you found this useful and I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous journey.