Happy New Year! Are you one of the 40% American who makes new year resolution? According to USA.gov website, new year resolutions are popular every year and these are the top ones: lose weight, volunteer to help others, quite smoking, get a better education, get a better job, save money, get fit, eat healthy food, manage stress, manage debt, take a trip, reduce reuse and recycle, and drink less alcohol. One anecdotal example is for the week of Dec 17-24, Google searches for fitness was up by 18%.
I am not a fan of new year resolution as I know most people do not stick with it. I believe small and steady goals work best. Recently, a friend shared an article through social media Wechat, I found it quite intriguing. The concept is based on the simple math: if you improve yourself by one percent every day, in 365 days, you will be 38 times better with the compound improvement, just like the compound interest. In the meantime, if you regress one percent every day, you will achieve nothing in a year. So I challenge myself to make a little progress every day in 2015 by doing the following:
- Wake up at least 30 minutes early everyday. Start my miracle morning with meditation, positive attitude and exercise.
- Start with planning and choosing my daily focus. Do the most challenging and important things first, not the urgent but unimportant things.
- Improve myself by reading, learning a new skill and applying what I learend. Jim Rohn said, “Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.”
- Try to communicate better with people around me.
What is your new year plan?