When You Give Thanks This Week...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 4:20 PM

Originally Published 2007-11-18 16:06:29

I have an alpha software release due in two days, so I'm definitely not going to be sleeping until Thanksgiving, but I wanted to drop a little knowledge that occurred to me today as I was reflecting on my crazy work schedule, running into childhood friends on the train, and driving for two hours each way just to shake a new tenant's hand.

Any goal that you have that is worth working for and toward requires a lifestyle change.

Think about this for a moment. You say you want to lose twenty pounds? Get healthier? Make a million dollars? Be a better friend?

What have you done today to meet that goal? You won't lose those extra pounds by doing what you've always done. No difference in results occur if there's not change in the habits that generate those results.

If you're interested in losing weight and getting healthier, go to the gym. No, not before work tomorrow morning. Not after work tomorrow night. Not after you put the kids to bed. Go now. You have time to read my blog, right? Then you have time to make a change. Go do 3 sets of ten pull-ups, run hard enough to hurt your lungs for 20 minutes, and stretch for ten full minutes. Repeat three times a week and you'll be 90% of the way there.

Until when? Until forever. If you want to be fit, if you want to be trim, if you want to feel athletic, you have to be an athlete all the time. Work out harder than you ever have for two weeks, and your body will change more in that short time than you can possibly imagine. You will literally get results overnight if you give it your all.

In the same vein, if you want to be rich, you need to think, act, plan, and react like a wealthy person. You need to do this today, tomorrow, and forever. This is not a goal. Sure, you can pat yourself on the back and take your wife out to a nice restaurant when you reach specific milestones. You should, in fact. But the skills that it takes to get wealthy are not so much about specific targets or even specific strategies. It's about getting your head in the game. Now.

This doesn't mean diving into the shallow end headfirst. This does mean doing something, right this minute, to change your life. Start with a list of the goals and build lifestyle habits from there, whether that means flossing every day (I need to slap my own wrist on that one), playing more catch with your nephew, saving for retirement, or doing 100 push-ups.

Then start. Now. Changing your lifestyle means changing your habits.

Push. Grow. Change. Achieve.

Comments

On 2007-11-24 21:48:45 TigerTom said:
Here's the Number 1 design tip:

Get out of the house occasionally, relax, and clear your head!

What is the reward of the hard-working donkey at the end of its life? The slaughterhouse!

Get in touch with the Gods of your ancestral religion; you'll not need to shout at yourself then.

On 2007-11-25 15:35:44 Anchor Life Quotes and Sayings said:
Now is the key word here, most of people delay all the things that they promise to do.

On 2007-11-28 18:16:37 Get Paid To Complete Offers said:
You should be thankful everyday of the year, not only one day :/

On 2007-12-02 08:02:26 Compare Hotel Prices said:
Yes, that's true. We forget to say thanks many times.

On 2007-12-03 08:12:54 TigerTom said:
Actually, I think the secret of creativity is to _not_ do things. Sit down, laze around, and your subconscious comes up with the answer.

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