It is now the 2nd month of 2019. If you have not yet taken actions to improve yourself and your life yet, please do start now. And remember, it’s better late than never.
To have a wonderful and fulfilling year ahead, you need to take control of your life instead of just letting things happen to you. I am talking about living an intentional life, a life with purpose and meaning, a life full of joy and achievements – a life you designed.
One of the biggest questions when it comes to habit formation is how to be consistent.
A very good strategy is the “high-bar-low-bar” hack that I first learned from the YouTube Channel Improvement Pill.
The Automaticity Line
Firstly, I need to introduce a new concept. Studies show that every routine has what is called an Automaticity Line, a point where if we repeat a routine enough times, it becomes as automatic as it can get. At this point, our routine is now a habit which means very little thought is put into it.
Let’s just get into it. When you do goal setting, I want you to avoid these common pitfalls. I know some of them might sound shocking, but just keep an open mind, hear me out, and see if it makes sense to you.
Do not share our goals.
How do we know if we are successful if we don’t even know what success looks like for us? How do we know if you we reached our goals if you don’t even have a goal clearly defined?
Okay. Assuming that you already know how important goal-setting is, the next question is how do we set goals exactly?
One effective method is called SMARTER system. It is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-Bound, Evaluate, and Reward.
S – Specific
Be as specific as we can. For example, set goals such as “I will write a 50,000-word book” instead of “I want to be rich.”
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M – Measurable
Instead of “to lose weight”, say that “to lose 1 pound every week” or something like that so that it is measurable.
For the majority years of my life, I never set goals. But ever since I learned how to do it, my life changed completely. There are a few reasons why goals setting is so powerful:
As Christmas and New Year approach, it is the perfect time for us to review our 2018 and plan for 2019!
Planning for future can be a daunting task if we don’t already know who we really are and what we really want. That is what we are going to tackle in this blog through a process called “self-discovery”.
It is through self-discovery that we learn to understand our thoughts, desires, motivation, and purpose in life. Without that understanding, it will be like trying to find a restaurant in Detroit while holding a map of New York City. We will only end up getting lost no matter how fast we walk. It’s also like trying so hard to climb to the top of a ladder only to find out that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall the whole time.
According to Stephen R. Covey, the Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a Personal Mission Statement is like a personal constitution. It is “a written standard, the key criterion by which everything else is evaluated and directed.”
I suggest that once we write it down, we read it, review it, and update it regularly. It will give us a sense of clarity in life, and help us stay true to who we are. Stephen put it nicely, he says that “it is the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives. It empowers individuals with the same timeless strength in the midst of change.”
I have written my personal mission statement and will share it here with you, in the hope that it will inspire you to write yours too. I wrote most of them but I also borrowed some from elsewhere.
Just remember that everybody’s personal mission statement will be unique both in content and format. And because it takes time to develop a personal mission statement, it is okay if you can’t finish it in one go.
Mindset is how we’ve set up our mind to think. It is how we see the world and, more importantly, ourselves.
Mindset works like this: whenever we have a thought, we have feelings towards that thought, then our feelings trigger a behaviour, then that behaviour produces a consequence, and repeated behaviours produce long-term consequences. These consequences are what give us the results in all areas of our lives.
Mindset is our greatest asset because nothing can be more valuable than our own mind, it is something that we have total control over and something that no one can take away from us.
Mindset affects how we think, feel, behave, and have the results we are currently getting. This is good news because it also means that we can change our mindset to get different results.
We’ve been traveling for 12 days now. It all happened so fast. From six months ago when we first had this idea to become digital nomads, to now 12 days into this lifestyle, it all seems very surreal.
Since we started, we’ve been running our businesses online, sharing our travel journey with daily 1-minute vlogs, and trying our best to experience the local culture. There are a lot of challenges for sure, but I’m proud that so far we are managing it all well.
When I reflect on my personal journey so far, I noticed a few changes recently due to this unique lifestyle. One of them is my understanding of the relationship between minimalism and happiness.
Here we are, in Cusco, Peru, the first stop of our two-year around-the-world travel. I missed one week of the blog post in the midst of all the crazy preparation work. At this very moment, I am sitting in this lovely bar at our Hostel. I feel like talking about our trip so far since it has been so eventful already, but first I should finish addressing why I love Canada. I realized that the further away I am from what I am familiar with, the more I think about where I came from and how I came to be where I am right now.
This blog is all about people I’ve met that have changed my life and made me fall in love with Canada.
First up, Stella.