Happy New Year! – Sun 1.01.17

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HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Here’s to writing “2016” for the next few weeks!

Also, here comes a huge number of things that annoy the hell out of me……..the overabundance of new years resolutions AND articles and social media posts telling everyone why it’s stupid to have new years resolutions.  (That’s right, I just said everyone “annoys” me!)

DON’T BREAK THE CHAIN:

But, no one can deny that the first of January, the hoards of enthusiastic resolutions-ers account for the swelling number of gym, yoga and Pilates memberships as the diet books fly off the book store shelves. By the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-ers are back home with a new kind of remorse staring back at them in the mirror – the remorse of disappointment. Why is it that with such good intentions, getting fit, losing weight and simply making habits stick seems so elusive?

I think most people are too focused on the results and not the journey.  I learned a trick from studying about Jerry Seinfeld years ago. Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all‐time and still my favorite show of all time!

Here’s what Seinfeld said in an interview as the secret to his success and productivity in joke writing:

“He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day.

“He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”

You’ll notice that Seinfeld didn’t say a single thing about results.  It didn’t matter if he was motivated or not. It didn’t matter if he was writing great jokes or not. It didn’t matter if what he was working on would ever make it into a show. All that mattered was “not breaking the chain.”

While most people get demotivated and off–track after a bad performance, a bad workout, or simply a bad day at work; top performers, like Seinfeld, settle right back into their pattern the next day.

I’ve tried this method with several different tasks in my life.  Eating better, working out, stretching/ mobility (which I hate), studying.  And Seinfeld is right.  The longer I see the “chain”, the more it motivates me.    When I break the “chain”, it motivates me to try to make it longer beginning the next day!

Just focus on making a long “chain” of successful days on my calender.  All the other numbers and progress will follow!  So give it a try, see if you can make yourself a more productive, healthier you!

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