It's that time of the year when you should, but are probably not thinking about your resolutions for the New Year. You should be thinking about them because this isn't something that you just throw up at the crack of midnight holding champagne.
For this year's resolutions to stick you will need to follow these principles.
Write a list of the ten most important things in your life, including things that you want or want to be.
Read more books
Learn how to cook
Enjoy work more
Religion / Faith
Money / Wealth
Increase Kids Savings
Now take that list and cross off five that you can live without. I know it's tough because you want them all, but if last year was any indication of why these are on the list to begin with then I can probably safely say that you will not have the time to complete them all.
I chose a couple for you so that I can show you how to use some of the less obvious ones to allow you to tackle more. We all picked Family for sure (right?) well assuming we did then Health was probably right after that as it's one of the most popular resolutions. Finally I picked Read More Books and I will tell you why.
Let's look at the time in the day, we all have 24 hours or 86,400 seconds in a day to live. Some of us exist more efficiently while others mosey about with plenty of questions and little action.
The difference isn't luck, being more productive and achieving more out of life is directly linked to learning more. You will never have enough time in your life to experience everything that everyone has experienced. So to think that is the only way that you learn will severely cap your life's level of potential success.
You gain that experience and knowledge through reading. Top CEO's will read more than 60 books a year! So how do you find the time? Here's how and luckily we live in the age of digital libraries. I started using audible which immediately captured valuable time back during my drives in and out of work. Depending on your drive that could be an hour or two a day that you are reading instead of listening to sports talk grumble about the loss last night (Sorry I live in Cleveland).
Using Audible I've enhanced my level of knowledge on cooking, nutrition, business and self development. I'm on pace to finish 40 books this year with my goal to complete 60 next year to reach that level of our highest performing achievers. I've even started to listen to these books while working out, trying to steal anytime that I can to get ahead.
Some of the things that I've learned have already benefited me in the work place and have helped me refine my approach to developing my brand. Hence I started writing blog posts on my scheduled mornings off from the gym. I'm still up at 4 am, but now I'm throwing little nuggets of wisdom at you.
The next one is Health which will directly lead us into Family. So you want to lose weight? Sleep better? Reduce that soreness in your knees or your back? I get it and this choice to become healthier is something that you should take very seriously. The scary part of symptoms is that sometimes you don't even know that you have them until it is too late and you're laid up in bed at a hospital saying "how did