NEW YEAR RRR-EVOLUTIONS
How to cultivate the best habits for having a truly awesome year
Many people make 1-2 New Year’s Resolutions and then consciously or unconsciously, they disappear within a few weeks or months.
Joining the gym, starting a new habit, running a budget and writing down all of the money you spend, going on a diet, flossing after meals… I have seen them, tried them and watched myself fail and watched others fail so many times.
By putting up a requirement to pursue a new goal for 365 days, you are almost guaranteeing that you will fail.
Forgive yourself and forget the New Year Resolutions. It is unlikely that you will be able to begin a new habit from a standing start and continue it for a whole year; that’s a lot like thinking that you could run a full marathon without first running a mile.
To make a new habit or a new set of habits, is like starting a cold car first thing in the morning. You may have to run the starter a few times to get it going from zzzzzzz to zoom: R R R R — rrrrrrrrrr RRRRR — RRRRRRR—RRRR- VROOM!
My suggestion is for you to make a RRR-revolution, not for the whole year, but simply for each new MONTH.
Try a thirty day commitment, instead of a 365 day sentence. There, doesn’t that sound easier?
January may be the ideal time to start getting up an hour earlier while the sun is up and walking before breakfast. Do this every day for a month and see how you feel. If you like it, continue with it; if you don’t like it after 30 days, then quit that habit with full pride after doing it for 30 days, and then move happily onto the next project.
February could be a good time to do a detox in your diet, while there is still plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in season. Make juices or smoothies in a blender: mix and match different colours, fruits with veges, sweet with sour, whatever makes you feel good. Experiment with different combinations and have FUN while you cut down on breads, grains, processed foods, meat and dairy for 30 days. See how you feel after a month, and if you like it, continue, and if you don’t, then go back to your old ways.
March could be a good time to up the ante on the exercise, just because it is March: instead of walking, you can March forth with your head and arms high (marching forth is particularly useful on the day of March Fourth). Some call it power-walking or posing, but you can say “I am marching for March” every day for 30 days. Continue until the 30th and then see if you’d like to continue the new energising habit.
April can be a good time to get spiritual: it is the season of Easter, Passover, Pascha, Ishtar, Hathor, Kali, Bacchanalia and many other great religious festivals that celebrate new life, happiness, fertility, sex, fun and love. Join a class and learn to meditate: meditation and focussed thought in prayer are common to all major religions. A new spiritual awareness will create more peace of mind and happiness in you — this will affect others around you.
May could be a great time to do something that you wanted to try but were not sure if you May like it: consider a drawing class, enrolling in a free educational at your local library, a DIY course at your local hardware store or following up your roots on Ancestry.com. Just do it: it’s only thirty days.
June is a great month to think about Tax and where you spend your money. Carry a notepad for 30 days and record all of your incoming & outgoing expenses for the month. Consider the areas that you could possibly cut back on, or consider how you could claim a tax deduction for some of your work-related expenses. Jesus was possibly talking to a Roman tax collector when he said, “Ye have not (a tax deduction) because ye ask not (for a tax deduction). Ask and ye shall receive (a possible tax deduction).”
July is winter in the southern hemisphere and a good time to snuggle up with either a romantic book or a romantic partner. Make it your mission this month to spend more time at home and invest time with your loved ones (that’s YOU if you are single). Do what makes you happy and ask yourself the question for 30 days: Does this enrich my relationship (with myself or with another)? If it does, keep doing it, if not, try something that does!
August comes from a word that means “respected, impressive, majestic” and you will be in the august company of other great people if you start to see yourself as you truly are. For 30 days, work on your self-esteem. Other people seem to like you, others can see your talents and your potential, so why not you? Commit to discovering and enhancing your inner worth: cut off the scratchy bits and reveal the diamond inside of you. Read books, listen to CD’s and do whatever it takes to boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem and realise who you can truly be; every day for this month.
September was traditionally the seventh month, and seven was sacred to God, because She rested on the seventh day. (Yes, God was female: how else do you explain all that multi-tasking?) A good time to rest, recuperate and recharge your batteries: you have been working on yourself for some months now and it’s time to take a well-deserved break. Read fiction books, take long baths, have a massage, schedule your playtime into your calendar FYRST and then plan your work around it. Take care of yourself this month and know that we will be back to working on yourself again soon.
October; traditionally the eighth month and according to Asian tradition, the symbol for wealth and abundance. Make a commitment to do whatever it takes to enhance your personal wealth, without much extra effort: you can learn how to buy stocks/shares/cryptocurrency with as little as $500 (there’s a great book called “Who’s Taking Your Money? (and how to get some of it back!)”, available on Amazon, that shows you how to invest into common household brands and make uncommon profits). You can look at starting a small online business such as selling your creative hobby items on eBay. Once you make $500 from your creative hobby business, you can buy some stocks/shares/cryptocurrency. Once you make $20 000 from your shares, you can buy some property or a bigger business. Once you have that, you are making passive income. Rinse and repeat.
November, once the ninth month and symbol of perfection, now the eleventh month where you start to think about Christmas plans. Make your plans perfectly imperfect and allow for unexpected guests, unexpected expenses and other surprises. Schedule a full safety check on your car so that you know exactly what may go wrong before it occurs, review your insurances, have a checkup with your doctor or see a relationship coach even if you think there are no issues. It’s nice to know about little things before they become larger.
December again and we are almost done. If you’ve followed the instructions for New Year RRR-Revolutions, then you have not just picked up one new habit, you have revolutionised and evolved many areas of your life. Allow yourself the grace of dropping the habits that didn’t resonate with you or the ones that didn’t seem to stick: it’s OK, Henry Ford couldn’t paint cathedrals and Michelangelo couldn’t tune a carbeurettor; forgive yourself and vow to do what you love and love what you do. Keep the habits that you liked, let go the ones you didn’t and next year, plan to continue to work on many little areas instead of one big one: you may find that by taking a few committed steps, that eventually, the marathon takes care of itself.
Jeremy’s discipline of self-improvement has included 1500+ daily sunrise meditations, weekly business or self-improvement books and recording a weekly inspirational video on youtube. Step by step transforms the world.m