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New Year Resolutions – Just Do Something

Posted by QuickBizBreak on January 12, 2011

New Year Resolutions- Just Do Something

My current reading list includes Tim Ferriss’ new book, The 4-Hour Body. I never accomplished the goal outlined in the title of his last best-seller, The 4-Hour Workweek, and I don’t expect to fully accomplish the premise of this tome either. However, there are some challenging principles in both and I’ve always believed that if I can find one or two ‘aha’ moments from a read, then it’s worthwhile.

A quick warning if you should pick up either of these books. Ferriss’ writing style can be a bit irreverent and I swear to you I never read the subtitle to The 4-Hour Body:  An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman. I mean, who would expect to become superhuman anyway?

One of Ferriss’ chapters really hits home now that we stare our New Year’s resolutions in the face and determine how to motivate ourselves to change and I want to share that with you here.

Called ‘The Harajuku Moment’, the premise is that ‘people suck at following advice’ of any kind for two reasons: 1) There isn’t enough pain to make them want to change and 2) people do not use any method to track their change – no reminders. The Harajuki Moment happens when people experience ‘an epiphany that turns a nice-to-have into a must-have.’ It’s the mother of all aha moments, if you will.

You may have experienced something in your life, a single statement or event perhaps, that changed your life forever. For tech CEO Chad Fowler, quoted in the book, it was his own admission to a friend when looking at fashionable clothes, “For me, it doesn’t even matter what I wear; I’m not going to look good anyway.” For some reason, this stuck in his head and became his own Harajuku Moment to start changing his lifestyle. The result? He lost 70 pounds in less than 12 months.

No big deal, you say? Just hire a personal trainer, join WeightWatchers or other weight-loss group and go to it? Easier said than done which is why self-improve- ment remains an $11 billion dollar industry.

You see, it doesn’t really matter whether we want to lose weight, be more successful or get more accomplished. The goal is huge, the tasks seem daunting and we languish in our inability to get started.

Fowler talks about the key to getting started: “If I want a better-than-average-career, I can’t simply ‘go with the flow’ and get it. Most people do just that: they wish for an outcome but make no intention-driven actions toward that outcome. If they would just do something, most people would find that they get some version of the outcome they’re looking for. That’s been my secret. Stop wishing and start doing.”

Sound incredibly simple? It is, really. Fowler didn’t start counting calories. He started with some general assumptions, eating more healthy with some light cardio and tracked his progress (the second key to the process). The interesting thing is that once he started seeing results, the process became not only easy, but fun.

So do you really want to effect change in your life, your relationships and your business in 2011? Have you had your ‘Harajuku Moment’ yet? If so, then just do something. Getting started is always the hardest part and once you do, and start noticing the small changes, it will be easy to work towards those huge goals you’ve always wanted to accomplish.

Happy New Year everyone!

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