Yeah, I know it sounds like something from a fortune cookie, but it’s the truth: if you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
Every year millions of people make New Years’ Resolutions based on feelings of guilt over what they’ve failed to do in the year that’s passing, or feelings of optimism about what could be in the year to come. So far, so good except that feelings don’t always equate to actions. In fact, the power of those emotions has a way of waning pretty quickly one the Christmas lights come down.
This is why regular attenders at the gym absolutely HATE the month of January. For about two weeks, membership skyrockets and the place is packed with all the people like me who pretty much ate whatever they wanted for the 5 week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But by the end of January, things are pretty much back to normal again.
Why do so many people fail with what they intend? There are many reasons, but a big one is a failure to plan. In the case of our would-be gym enthusiasts, failure to plan to go to bed earlier the night before so as not to be too tired to get up early to work out. Failure to plan to have work clothes ready to change into so as not to show up to work smelling like gym socks and Old Spice. Failure, mostly, to think through the specifics of what it will take to add a workout regimen to an already packed life.
Weight loss and physical fitness seem to encompass most of what people resolve to do in any new year. Quitting smoking or another bad habit is another popular resolution. But does anyone ever resolve to get out of debt or to handle their money better? Usually not. And the reason? Because people think the only way to get out of debt or handle their money better is simply to get more of it.
Sadly, this usually just makes the problem worse. There isn’t a person reading this who doesn’t like to find a $20 in their pocket from last year, or get a raise at work. But what we need isn’t more cash. What we need is to learn how to live different.
This Winter, you’re going to be given that opportunity at True North. Not just the wishful thinking of a fat guy who visits the gym twice and then quits, but a real, practical plan to help you succeed with your money.
Team, this is no joke. This program changed my life and it changed my marriage. Classes will take place on weeknights and will begin at the end of January. Learn more here. Plan now to Live Different in 2013. You won’t regret it.