A New Approach To Goals in 2013

Happy New Years! I hope everyone had a wonderful and festive holiday season – I know I sure have.

Its been relatively quiet here at A Boundless World for the last few months. I’ve been spending a lot of time behind the scenes working to improve my knowledge capital and also reflecting on the direction I hope to take my career and personal brand – particularly with A Boundless World.

As with many, I have high hopes for 2013 and I’m very excited to be unveiling some of projects I’ve been working on behind the scenes. The first product revolving around travel will be released shortly.

In the past, I’ve made new years resolutions like everyone else. And unsurprisingly, I often find myself in the camp of people who fail to follow through on their often ambitious resolutions. The latest statistics show that 80 percent of people who set new years resolutions fail to follow through.

Wow.

Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. With that in mind, I’m going to completely change my approach to goals this year and I’m excited to see the results.

Instead of creating a list of dozens of resolutions and goals I hope to accomplish I’ve instead purposefully chosen to scale back and focus one one habit for each of the 12 months.

My hope is for the goals to scale as the year progresses, but for the purpose of simplicity my only commitment is the goal at hand for the month.

With the exception of the low carb diet, each habit should take no more than 30 minutes each day. Some will take significantly less time.

I’ve chosen goals that if I were to do them all year know would have a huge impact on my overall health and career development.

I haven’t chosen the order of the goals quite yet, but in January I’ll be starting with the very simple ” Write three things you’re grateful for each day.” I may or may not try some of the other habits on my list, but the my only focus is the habit of the month.

Some of the habits obviously have to do with health, such as walking 30 minutes a day and flossing. Others will undoubtedly help me in my quest to be more creative and content focused.

Being completely honest, focusing on just one habit a month leaves me feeling like a significant underachiever, but I know that in previous years I often never followed through. My train of thought with this is simple. Doing one small thing is significantly more advantageous then thinking big and doing nothing.

I am also betting heavily on the compound effect. While I’m only required to focus on one goal a month, I suspect they habits will compound as I process through the year. Odds are after one month of flossing I’ll likely continue.

Being human, I know I’ll make mistakes throughout the process. That being said, I’m aiming to complete the habit a bare minimum of 90 percent of the time. That leaves me a day or two to make a mistake. Obviously, I’m aiming to complete a perfect month, but I won’t waste a single moment beating myself up over falling off track once or twice.

As of now here are the 12 habits I’ll be attempting to complete in the year 2013. I haven’t decided on the exact order yet, but I’ll be starting with “Write 3 Things I’m Grateful For Each Day” in January.

I may edit one or two of the habits down the road. But as of now this is my expected habit line up.

  • Floss one tooth a day
  • Write 3 Things I’m grateful for each day. (January)
  • 20 Push Ups 20 Pull ups 3 1 minute planks with 30 Squats Before Eating
  • Meet one new person each day.
  • 20 Minutes Dual and Back ( Helps improve memory)
  • Read 30 minutes each day.
  • Walk for 30 minutes each day
  • Take a photo each day
  • Ice pack/cold shower 10 minutes
  • Protein within 30 minutes of waking.
  • Write for 30 minutes a day.
  • Low Carb Diet

At the end of the year, if all goes as expected, I’ll likely have a plethora of benefits to show for.

Cleaner teeth.
Significantly happier and more positive.
Much more lean and healthy.
At the top of my game both from a writing and creative perspective.
Mentally at my peak.
In the best shape of my life strength wise.

I will be sure to keep everyone updated on my habit progress. Like I said, it’s a significantly different method than I’m used to but I’m excited to see the results.

How are you going to ensure 2013 is different? What are you hoping to accomplish? Leave your ambitions in the comments below!

To our success,

-Bud

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