Don’t create resolutions, create Rules for your Life. Break your life goals into rules you must live by as a lifestyle in order to achieve what you would like. -Zach Marcy
We really are a representative of the software that is going on in our head. Over the course of time and experience we develop that programming into habits, either good or bad. Understanding that our life goes into auto pilot on this programming it becomes even more important to make it intentional and focused. For example, you wake up every morning, shave a certain way, put your clothes on, eat (or not), go about your routine at work or school, go about your routine heading home, etc. We live without guilt and question on this programming, we simply function on it.
Every program runs on a set of rules. We are responsible for these rules, intentionally or not. As babies we start as a blank program with nothing running. As we go through life and experience it we become programmed by these experiences and it shapes our mental software into our physical actions. Some of this gets broken along the way, but the body and mind best cope and carry on.
What is Really Done With Resolutions
Resolutions are an example of failed life programming in their nature. For some reason, at a certain time every year, more so than any time, it becomes more important to make dramatic change in ones life than not. This would be okay if people take the appropriate approach, but they don’t.
Most people set resolutions like lose 30lbs, gain 15lbs of muscle over a year, work harder and ask for a raise at work, take batting practice every day and on. Then they set to task only to fail after their faulty programming takes over and short circuits them. Then, year after year and failed attempt after failed attempt this programming becomes even more haywire. Every time the faulty programming goes off it’s reinforced. Essentially, you are consistently programming your brain to fail over and over again. These have compounding effects and without proper intervention you will continue down this path with not reaching your goals. With the best intentions, but faulting programming you are building in a program that allows you to bullsh1t to yourself that you are going to change and then reinforces failure every time.
Brainstorm Some Rules
Resolutions are considered fleeting and short term, but rules (principles, core beliefs, laws, etc) are unquestioned and rule your thinking. Your life and your brain need a drastic interrupt and reprogramming of these rules. The only way this will take place is to drastically change your programming with intention and purpose. It starts with redefining how you go about things. It’s time to do a personal inventory of both your negatives and positives in your life. When you do this inventory it needs to be absolutely brutal and completely honest.
Sit down and brain storm your top 10 things that you are great at and need to continue doing. Then write down the top 10 things that are keeping you back from being the best you that you can possibly be. It’s more important now more than ever to write out everything as blunt as you can. Doing this self reflection will give you a sense of the things you need to work on and the skills and desired traits you have to help you become even better.
To Be Continued
Keep this brain storm close because on Friday we will cover how to create rules for yourself that will completely rewire you programming in your head and create a lifestyle of change and consistent success. Make sure you have done your homework, because without it you’ll be setting resolutions to failure the rest of your life.