Friday, 1 January 2016

How To Keep New Year's Resolutions For A Change

It's that time of year again and everybody wants to actually commit to some goals this time. So here is a m a s t e r l i s t of videos and reference points that will help you build up the necessary skills that will allow you to commit to this year's resolutions because instead of saying "Lose 20 pounds" or "Quit smoking" you'll be looking at what the effects of the current situation are on your brain, body and mind, the effects of improving the current situation on your brain, body and mind and the power tools necessary to get you from Point A to Point B.

I came across a YouTube channel called FightMediocrity that had a couple of animations reviewing or inspired by a few self-help books and thought I'd pick out the ones to include the ones relevant to most people's resolution making:

1. Building Self-Esteem
2. Building Willpower
3. Read More + Efficiently
4. Staying Motivated
5. Figure Out What You Want > Master It
6. How To Be Productive

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1. Building Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem is i n c r e d i b l y important in terms of setting goals and sticking to them because if you don't feel like you can do anything to begin with, there is going to be hardly any progress and your depleted sense of self worth will plummet even further. Don't tie your self-worth in with your productivity because some days productivity just isn't your friend, so do not stress it. Be present, accept what you cant change but be proactive and change what you are capable of changing. In theory, we always hear these things, but action is always far more difficult and that's what makes the rewards worth it!

2. Building Willpower

This is the biggest thing, in my opinion, in terms of committing to NY Resolutions because the majority of people are trying to quit a bad habit. And quitting bad habits is going against the grain. It is very difficult to run against a current if you are so easily swayed to just turn around and let the current guide you to somewhere you dont want to be. Also you'll be lost. So no, dont do that. Willpower is extreeeeeeemely essential and to nobody's surprise, it all begins with a little more time in bed ;)

3. Read More + Efficiently

I have yet to try this strategy because this is the first time I hear of it but I did look it up and many many folk speak in favor. It is most effective with the sort of books that fall under self-help or life improvement or character building because that way you are taking in as much positive information as possible as quickly as possible, soaking it in and applying it to your daily life in order to start seeing results!

4. Staying Motivated

Motivation is essential in terms of doing anything and to be honest, despite it being one of the m a i n things it does fall under the self-esteem, self-worth and will power factors because if you think that you are capable of doing something, you are present and conscious enough to do it; assessing your strengths and improving your limitations and you believe you are more than worthy of gaining the benefits of a particular action, that will act as incentive enough to motivate you immediately. But this video promotes this understanding and acceptance that improvement does not peak continuously day after day and comparing day-to-day data, no matter what you're trying to achieve, will surely steal all your little motivation points from you. So just stick to it, and monitor progress over a larger timeline.

5. Figure Out What You WANT > Master It

This is frankly the one thing that always got to me in terms of making the best of my time. I always feel like I am 100x more productive when my energy is going into what I want to master. And it gets quite strenuous knowing that the majority of my energy on the way to mastering something needs to go into other obligations that might eventually facilitate my mastering of the goal in mind. However, it is important to k n o w what you want to master. There is no point delving into everything and giving 10 things 10% when you can give one thing 100%, or more realistically at least 85%, allocating the rest to the necessary obligations everyone's gotta do.

6. How To Be Productive -- 80/20 Principle

If time allocation is a total hassle for you then this is definitely something to utilize because procrastination tends to that to begin with, so we dont want to be investing time into things that we believe are beneficial and are worth the time we are giving up when in fact investing that into elsewhere will reap far more benefits.

Remember, your time is the most valuable thing you possess, do not throw it away.

ALSO, educate yourself on the effect of things such as stress and lack of sleep and a poor diet have on your body. As I mentioned before, knowing the cons (or pros! depending on whether you're more of a positively or negatively reinforced person) can help with committing to a plan that will allow you to get where you need to be.

Therefore - let's learn a little:

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How to Break Bad Habits


How Stress Affects Your Brain & Body

How Sugar Affects Your Brain

Effects of Sleep Deprivation + Perks of Good Night's Sleep + How to Sleep Better

How To Stop Procrastinating

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