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Resolutions suck, do this instead

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You might be thinking: oh wow another new year’s resolution post by someone I don’t know. Guess what? You’re right!

You might be thinking: oh wow another new year’s resolution post by someone I don’t know. Guess what? You’re right!

Did you know only 12% of people stick to their New Years resolution? Trust me on this one, I read it somewhere on the interwebs. Here’s why New Years resolutions suck: they are wishes and wishes only. They are vague. Think of the typical new year’s resolution: I want to lose weight this year. This is as vague as can be. Just a wish. This is why we tend to get all hyped up in January and go nowhere really fast. Instead, I’d like to share with you what I’ve been doing for the last 3 years. I’ve cobbled this together from books & mentors. Trust me, It works. I’m going to call it the 5x2 framework for the sake of making it sound fancy.

The 5x2 Framework

It is really simple: define 2 measurable goals that you’d like to accomplish in a year for each of the following areas of your life:

There, that’s it. Now add two measurable goals to each category, write it down on a piece of paper (or on Evernote if you are like me) and get to work. Make sure you refer back at least once a week to your framework and read it top to bottom. The effect is both conscious and unconscious, you will notice quickly that you start making decisions based on who you want to become. Once you get into the habit of reading your framework, your unconscious will also start working in the background.

An example

Here’s an example framework that I set for myself a few years back: Live

What I do

Health

Spiritual

Financial

Your turn

Set goals, do the work. Stop wishing today!

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