3 concepts that will help you make 2018 an unforgettable year.

We are now, today, only a few days into this new year. Most people begin the new year with a handful of trivial, petty, easily broken or forgotten resolutions. Predictably, they are abandoned or forgotten almost immediately.

 

What kind of resolutions did you make for yourself? Will 2018 be a year of great success for you, or will it be just another year where you got older,  worked the same job, lived in the same home, drove the same car and did the same things as 2017, 2016 and 2015.

 

I HOPE NOT. So, to help you, I have 3 concepts designed to set you on a path to success and prosperity in 2018 (and beyond!).

 

Concept 1

Learn the 56 hours you need to spend wisely. Make 2018 a year where you DO WHAT  YOU LOVE.  That does not mean you need to quit your job as a banker or sales clerk to begin painting or making things in your woodworking build shop. But it also doesn’t mean you cannot do that either!

 

We all have 168 hours every single week to do WHATEVER we want to with. This is one area (or metric) where the world’s most wealthy, and prosperous individuals, people like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, have NO ADVANTAGE over you. That is because everyone in the world only gets 168 hours per week.

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH IT??

 

Neil Pasricha, author of the Happiness Equation, illustrates that our 168  hours per week can be broken into 3 very basic buckets of time:

  1. Sleep ……….….56hours
  2. Work ….………..56hours
  3. Passion …….….56hours

 

How you decide to spend the hours in your passion bucket are up to you.

Decide today how you will spend your passion time and start making a plan to execute on this objective. (NOTE– this may very well mean canceling your Netflix account and throwing out your gaming system, are you ready to do that!?)

 

Concept 2

Simplify & Declutter. Our culture has become increasingly disposable. Most goods have a disposable version or counterpart, less and less products are being made to last and our homes are filling up with more and more junk.  Think about all the stuff you have in drawers, closets and in your garage that you do not use. Items that have just enough value to make it difficult to throw out because we feel like we’d be wasting something of value. Check out the documentary “The minimalists” for a great perspective on minimalism and simplifying your life with a purpose.

I challenge you to reduce these items by half. Start the new year off with a garage sale or yard sale. Load your stuff up and take it to a flea market. You will find that you have a great deal of money sitting around doing nothing in the form of junk at your home.  As you reduce the clutter you will feel better, your mind will feel more clear. You will have less stress and feel less pressure.

 

Prevent the return of the junk by carefully considering each future purchase. Learn to resist a “good deal”. (I particularly fall victim to this more than anyone else because I love a good deal. I will buy something I know I do not need simply because it is on sale for 75% off). Try to purchase items that are designed to last a long time. Spend good money on the items you use every single day. Demand quality and performance from these items and do not be afraid to pay extra for them. Everything else, try to avoid buying unless necessary. Think to yourself …” where will this item be and what purpose will it serve in 1 month, 3 months, 6-months, 1 year from today?” If you can predict it will be contributing to the clutter problem, reconsider the purchase or find a better alternative.

 

Concept 3

Learn to trust your gut. Learn to trust your gut instinct. It is almost always right (especially when it comes to matters of opinion!) Nowadays we are bombarded with choices to make every day. Hundreds and hundreds in a single day! Do you recall the last pair of shoes you bought? I am sure you were presented with at least a dozen serviceable choices and that is at one store alone! (forget about online shopping, the choices abound!)

Start to recognize your initial gut feeling and learn to trust it. Don’t be afraid to commit to a choice knowing that you will have to live with it! You will find that by doing so, you will make your choices faster, thereby recovering valuable “passion time” that you could be spending on something more important. If you find yourself waffling back and forth over a purchase; whether to buy item a, b or c… perhaps you do not need any of them? If you must make a choice, learn to commit to a choice and give yourself permission to be proud about the choice you made.

 

By trusting your gut you will have more time for your passions, love your possessions more and you’ll become more confident in your ability to make the important decisions without second-guessing yourself.

 

Questions:

What are your new year’s resolutions? Have you kept them so far? In what ways do you want 2018 to be a great year for you??.