How To Actually Make Changes After The New Year

Guest blog by aj mind from rise above lifestyle

How To Actually Make Changes After The New Year


It’s the first few weeks of January – and if you’re like many, then you will have just returned to reality from that warm, gluttonous state of holiday cheer.

The great food, bottomless drinks, the lay-ins and ‘happy holidays’ have all run out.

That’s right, the time to fix your problems – the deadline you set for yourself to get started has now arrived.

Now, we have to face ourselves, and the reality of our lives.

The new year is a time of reflection for most people; and rightly so.

It’s a time to evaluate whether we are coming closer to who we imagine ourselves to be; if our progress matches our visions, and if our character is what we’d like.

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to do this once – or even twice – a year.

If you’re not constantly reflecting on your circumstances and progress, how will you know for sure if you’re on the way?

Serious about taking your game to the next level in 2020?

Learn here how to actually make a change after new years.

A Goal Without A Plan…

A goal without a plan is just a wish. If you’re wondering why so few new years resolutions stick- it’s because of this very reason.

Not only do you need to think about and write down your goal, you need to plot out a specific course of action that will take you all the way there.

Say for example you want to lose 25 pounds this year, as I will – how do you go about getting there?

It’s not enough just to go to the gym and sign up for a membership. If that’s your big plan – you will definitely quit within a month.

On the other hand, you can work as hard as you want and still not achieve results.

Okay then, so what else do you need to consider?

The Main Point: form a methodical, specific, appropriate plan of action.

To lose weight, you need to eat less. How many fewer calories, exactly?

This leads to another question: Well, how many calories are you eating now?

Next – to ensure your efforts are not wasted; How can you accurately track that information and ensure you don’t waste your time at the gym getting nowhere?

Get a food scale, and then learn to prep your own meals.

If you have greater control of the process, you will be ensured greater control over the results.

How do you weigh out the food properly? You need to look at the nutrition labels and learn to enter your food into myfitnesspal and learn to track macros.

And yes, food weighs different amounts before and after you cook it; so you’ll need to use a proportion equation (math) to account for the lost water from the cooking process.

Work the process, if you want results.

What do you want? Then examine what you need to do, step by step, until you know how to get there.

The same principles apply for any business, social, or artistic endeavors. What do you need to do to get there? What don’t you know?

It’s super easy to make grand promises to yourself in December, when you’re riding a wave of tryptophan-induced bliss.

When the rubber meets the road in January – and every month after that for 12 months – you need to have – and continually re-assess – your plan to get where you want to go.

Do you have the right steps and information?

Otherwise, that new years resolution of yours will die by January 19th ( referencing study of inputs by 800 million user logged activities on STRAVA app)

(Funny enough, I was going to write January 15th — but it seems my initial guess was only off by 4 days.)

Recognise that HABITS Win, Not Resolutions

After you’ve mapped the path forward to your new goal, you need to implement the pursuit into your daily routine, in some capacity.

Whether that is indeed getting in shape (which Oliver can help you with), increasing your income, or finishing a project; you need to do something about it every day.

Target the days of the week you’ll work on your goal.

Set the hour(s) of the day you’ll work on your goal.

Most importantly, do it every day until it sticks.

All you need to do is keep up the pursuit for 2-3 weeks. That behavior will become habit, and you’ll be able to do the task easily, even when you don’t want to.

Stack your habits, and create real momentum.

You can even start from absolute zero – as long as you practice this methodology you’ll be able to scrap some wins together in 2-3 months.

You came to win, did you not?

Fight the Epidemic of Average

Since 80% of people quit by January 19th; you have to ask the next question – why is it so easy to quit?

We have now in the west a easy-way-out mentality that is rampant among the common people.

I promise that if you talk to 5 people randomly chosen in your life, 4 out of the 5 will give you a pat on the butt for trying.

“It’s okay, you tried.”

“Nobody could possibly do that.”

“It’s hard to find time. We’re so busy, i get it completely.”

The reality is; winners find a way.

Winners may not win today, or tomorrow – but they keep trying. They do not quit.

And most importantly, winners ADAPT THEIR APPROACH.

The average person will excuse your quitting as a normal and natural thing in this world of ours.

Survival is a short-term mentality. When people tell you they are just trying to get by, that means they are only focused on the short term.

The statistics are not kind to the average person in developed countries.

The average American is overweight, or obese (71.6%), dislikes their job (70%), and lives paycheck-to-paycheck (78%).

Those are real numbers, from real sources.

Lean on yourself and keep the fire going inside.

The statistics speak for themselves.

The odds that you are not surrounded by people who are willing to settle are very low.

If you want to succeed in making real changes this year, you need to ignore the quitter in your head – and you need to ignore quitters around you, too.

There is truly an epidemic of mediocre in our world today.

People have grown complacent due to factory farming, streaming services, and pornography. We are fat, lazy, and doped up on instant gratification.

You know the old expression, “misery loves company”?

Well, so does average.

Do not listen to anyone who tells you “It’s okay” that you gave up.

It’s okay to fail, or make adjustments. It’s not okay to quit.

RAL Recommendations for the New Year

CDC Stats on Obesity in USA, 2015-2016
CareerBuilder Study featured on article referencing study on Strava Habit Tracker

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