New Year’s Resolution

June 22, 2008

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, so I decided to create a New Year’s Resolution. What will be different this time? Few people make resolutions on their own, with no one else around, reported to no one else. From that point of view, resolutions are more of a social convention than an act of goal-setting.

People make resolutions to shore up a shortcoming in their lives, character, careers or businesses. Resolutions are not nearly as powerful as goals since goals ideally represent movement towards some positive, desirable outcome.

In contrast to wishes, dreams, and fantasies, resolutions are not totally useless gestures. If you make resolutions for fun, go ahead and keep doing it! Who says you can’t have fun?

Anyone can be so easily and quickly diverted these days that it is possible to arrive at work, and by noon, have no active connection with what you’ve identified as being important in your life. Even if you are among the lucky few who make some significant progress on some of your resolutions, you probably could have achieved them in multiples had you turned them into formal goals.

So, coming back to my Resolution, I am bound to succeed, because I maintain a relative simplicity and recognize that progressing a step at a time will result in spectacular achievement.

I turned my personal Resolution into goals and it looks like this:
This year I will become the most successful lifehacker in Belgium. I also commit to more sports, at least twice a week and spend more time with my friends and family. Finally, I am stepping up by giving away 10% of my profit to charity.

In 365 days, it will be time to review my Resolution and see how I performed. Now, you know what I am up to and I would like to ask for your involvement too! How? Can you keep me accountable for my resolution? And take the necessary steps to keep me motivated and committed? That would be fantastic! Maybe something to put in your Resolution 😉

Feel free to share your Resolution as well…

Enjoy every day,
Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker

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Winners must have two things…

March 25, 2008

Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.

What a great line this is, isn’t it? Because we are so busy, we often forget where we are going and what we are doing 🙂

Do you have a set of goals? Have you written them down? How often do you read them? Are taking any action towards them?

Of course, we all want to achieve our dreams, but how hard do you want it? It is the most important decision in our lives to live our dreams, but how many people are really committed? I meet a lot of people who have set out their goals and their dreams, but lack the burning desire. “Some day, we’ll work on it.” “Just in case something happens, we still have our backup plan. ” If you take a decision, which is to cut off any other possibility, to live your dreams, there is no time for sidetracks!

If you don’t get serious, you certainly won’t commit! If you are not committed, you’ll end up nowhere, maybe somewhere, but certainly not there where you want to be!

I am not sure who came up with this quote first. It’s on a poster somewhere, but it might also be Brad Burden and I also heard it from Chris Howard. Anyone knows the true source?

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck