New Year Resolutions Or New Year Achievements?

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It’s the second day in the new year!

One common thing that we see around this time are people making new year resolutions.

Most Common New Year Resolutions

Lose weight and/or Get in Shape.

Budget better and/or Save Money.

Learn something new.

Stop Smoking and/or Drinking.

These are some of the most common new year resolutions that we see people make at the beginning of the year.

Take the lose weight and/or get in shape resolution.

If you go to the gym pre pandemic days, you will see that the gym is packed in the months of January and February.

Many people have the resolution of losing weight and/or getting in shape so they pack the gym exercising in an attempt to do just that.

However, come March, you will see that the amount of people attending the gym rapidly diminishes.

Why is that?

It’s because by then the feeling that many of those people have made when they made their resolution have worn off.

As a result, with the feeling gone, they no longer have the desire or the discipline necessary to engage in the activities necessary to get the result that they desire.

That’s the problem with new year resolutions.

They are based on feelings and emotions that are tied to a specific time period on a calendar.

Anything based on feelings will wear off over time as those feelings subside.

I never make New Years Resolutions.

I can assure you that the results I achieved in 2020 were not based on any resolutions that I made in January of 2020.

The key to getting the results that you desire can be found when you make a shift from a focus on resolutions to a focus on achievement.

But how do you experience achievement?

I’m glad you asked!

In the book “Achievement: A Proven System For Next-Level Growth” by David Byrd and Mark Smith, the authors define achievement as follows:

Achievement is a very simple process. You can achieve by simply doing the right things consistently over a sustained period of time.

David Byrd & Mark Smith

It is not enough to resolve that things will change for you.

Your behavior needs to change as well.

Your behavior also needs to change over a sustained period of time.

In 2015, I was broke.

I was actually below broke.

I had zero assets to my name and I had a mountain of debt.

However, it wasn’t always like that.

Ten years prior to that in 2005, it was the opposite.

I had little to no debt and I had a ton of assets.

How did I go from little to no debt in 2005 to no assets and tons of debt in 10 years?

It happened because I changed the behavior that led me to my results in 2005. My new behavior led me to the place that I found myself at in 2015.

In 2005, I had a good job. I was making good money. I saved and invested a percentage of my income every single time I got paid.

However, in 2005, I got involved in network marketing and I got seduced by a lifestyle that I saw others experiencing in this industry.

One of the concepts that I’m in the process of learning about right now is a concept called the “Field of Favor.” I’m learning this concept from a gentleman by the name of Pedro Adao.

Your Field of Favor is the niche and/or industry that you are uniquely equipped to prosper in.

For me, my field of favor is customer support training and management. In 2001, I got my first training and management position in customer service. I was responsible for training the sales technology support team of one of the largest Pharmaceutical companies in the world at that time.

I prospered in that position.

My income literally doubled in the 3 years that I was in that position.

However, when I saw network marketing, I left that industry all together to pursue network marketing, because I wanted the lifestyle that the industry was providing for some people.

What I didn’t realize was that network marketing wasn’t my field of favor.

It was the field of favor of some of the people who I was watching.

Some of them anyway.

Others of them weren’t even living that lifestyle, they were “faking it until they made it.”

However, there were some people who truly was living that lifestyle and doing extremely well.

The mistake I made was leaving my field of favor to join their field of favor.

My income dried up overnight.

I had to sell all of my assets to be able to pay my bills.

Those eventually all dried up as well.

I then had to borrow money to be able to pay my bills.

That eventually dried up as well.

The end result was I ended up broke, in debt and divorced.

I tried hard to get back into my field of favor. However, because I was out of the industry so long, no one wanted to hire me.

So what happened in 2015?

In 2015, I applied to an entry level US federal customer service position.

While I personally didn’t have a strong desire to do that position, I accepted that position for two reasons.

1 – Federal positions offer a higher level of security than the private sector. After 10 years of uncertainty and insecurity that was something that I really needed to build my life back.

2 – If I did well at that position, I believed it would open up the opportunity to get back into my field of favor.

The other decision that I made was to go back to the habits that I had established at the very beginning when I first started working.

I once again began saving and investing a percentage of my income.

I was able to do that again because I now had an established and consistent source of income.

What was the end result?

2020, I was offered a position back in my field of favor, training and management in customer service.

2020 also happened to be the year I earned the most amount of money in my entire life.

I now have assets again and I have paid down on debt.

So when it comes to New Year Achievement it is not enough that you make resolutions surrounding what you want to do.

Your behavior needs to change to behavior that maps to the achievement of those resolutions coming to past.

If your goal is to lose weight, that needs to be accompanied by a habit of eating food and performing exercises on a regular and consistent basis that produces the loss of excess weight.

Eating fast food from Uber Eats all week while sitting at your home office desk is not the activity that produces weight loss.

If your goal is to get into a romantic relationship that leads to marriage, it is not enough to pray and wish that this person finds you.

You must engage in the activities and the behavior that will produce the result of attracting someone who would be interested in that type of relationship with you.

Like saying hello to people you find attractive.

Like working on the traits and flaws within yourself that are repulsive to the type of people that you want to attract.

It is only by the right activity consistent over time that you will get the results that you desire.

Roosevelt Cooper –

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