The *Cruel Truth* About New Year’s Resolutions…

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's ResolutionsIt’s that time again…

The ball has dropped.  It’s a new year.  And many people have picked their annual “resolution.”

Unfortunately it’s been my experience that New Year’s Resolutions are a complete waste of time.  Even worse – Some resolutions actually prevent people from achieving their goals.

Think of it this way…  Imagine it’s the final minutes of year.  You make a resolution simply because everyone else is doing it.

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How to Skyrocket Your Self-Motivation and Get Things Done!

Whenever I tell people I work from home, this is the common reaction, “I could never do that because I would spend all my time sleeping or watching T.V.”

It’s pretty amusing to hear a statement like this because I’m not a very motivated person.  I don’t live my life like an over-caffeinated Tony Robbins clone.  Like a lot of people, I have those periods where I don’t want to do anything.  Yet, I always find enough motivation to work on my goals and get a lot accomplished each day.

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Change Your Behavior and Take Control of Your Life

Change your behavior and take control of your life
One of the biggest moments in my life was when I made the decision to give up the 9-to-5 routine and start my own business. At one point or another, you probably decided that it was time to make a major change in your life, too—possibly a change that you were so serious about, you told everyone your plans and maybe even spent some money in preparation.
You were excited because you were going to change your behavior once and for all, and you told yourself “I’m gonna do it this time, for real!” but then it happened …  you somehow wound up back in your old ways.

Getting Real With Setting Goals: 10 Tips

Here’s another post provided by James.  In this one, he a gives a number of helpful tips anyone can use to set (and follow-through) with their goals.

A great goal is realistic, time based, quantified and positive. Goals provide direction for the things that you wish to accomplish. Goals help you to create reality from your dreams. How do you get real with your goals?

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I’ll Quit Procrastinating Tomorrow

Stop Procrastinating

Before I came overseas I saw a bumper sticker that claimed, “I put the pro in procrastination!” and I had to chuckle because I know firsthand how easy it is to put things off. It’s all too easy to say “I’ll do it later,” when it’s time to tackle something. Later often becomes tomorrow, and tomorrow winds up becoming next week, and then next week … well, you get it. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Draining the Swamp

Many people have goals but seem to have no time to execute the projects and activities necessary to achieve these goals.  They think to themselves: “I already have a hundred things to do, how am I supposed to do 20 more?”

To me this attitude is best expressed by the old saying:  “When you are up to your ass in alligators it’s hard to drain the swamp.” From my perspective you have three swamp-draining options.

That’s the essence of what it means to start a new life!

The first option is to spend 100% of your time fighting alligators.

The benefit is that you won’t get eaten.  The problem is that there’s an endless supply of alligators and you will be fighting them for the rest of your life.

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Get More Out Of Life Through Functional Self-Awareness

Here’s a really interesting guest post by Jonathan of the Grokkery site.  In the following article he discusses a few simple changes you can make to your life in order to make a dramatic change.  What I really liked is how he used 30 day trials to develop new habits.  This is something I used to do before I left on trip to Europe.  But I’ll definitely be implementing this habit again once I’m back in a normal reality.  Anyway, I definitely recommend you implement the following techniques…

I passionately, fiercely believe that to change your life, you must begin with self awareness.

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What is the Key to Weight Loss?

I’m really excited about this guest article. Written by Noel of Fitness Philippines, this post provides an excellent break-down of the secrets to true weight loss. The truth is many people fall for fad diets all the time. To truly lose weight, you have to take a very strategic approach. So I recommend you follow Noel’s simple, but effective advice…

Energy balance determines whether body fat increases, decreases, or stays the same. It occurs when the body’s energy intake equals its energy expenditure. Whenever the human body takes in more energy than it expends, then it incurs a positive energy balance results.

This excess energy will then be naturally stored as body fat. The contrary also holds true, of course, such that whenever the human body expends more energy than it takes in, a negative energy balance occurs and excess fat, if any, will be burned off, resulting in lower body weight.

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Steve’s Sunday Selections – May 16th, 2010

Going to be a brief roundup of this week’s Steve’s Sunday Selections

As you know, I’m a big fan of leverage. That’s why I recommend you take a look at Denise’s article on how to leverage your blog content. Implementing all of these techniques will maximize the results you’re getting from each article that you write.

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