Excerpt from Greater Than, on sale at Amazon for 99 cents today and tomorrow:
My wife once told me about a man who was given a tour of Heaven and Hell. In Hell, many gaunt and miserable people sat at long tables filled with wonderful food. The people were trying to eat with three-foot-long chopsticks. The food would drop to the floor before they were able to take a bite, so they starved. Apparently there is no five second rule in hell and you can’t eat with your fingers. I asked. My wife said, “No.” In Heaven, they sat at the similar tables with similar food and similar three-foot-long chopsticks. They were happy, singing and well fed. What was the difference between Heaven and Hell you ask? I’m so glad you asked because the rest of this chapter would be rather dull if you hadn’t asked. The difference was that while in Hell the people were trying and failing to feed themselves, in Heaven they were feeding each other. Each person would put a bite of food on the long chopstick and feed it to the person across from them.
What do we learn from this story, other than it is sometimes permissible to eat with your hands? First, yes, working together is a wonderful thing. Kumbaya and all that. Second and why I’ve brought it up in a chapter about the importance of your reactions, is that the situation in both Heaven and Hell were both exactly the same. The difference was the reactions people had to their situation. The more positive and proactive your reaction, the better the final outcome. The reaction of people literally made the difference between Heaven and Hell.
I published my first book, Greater Than, 3 weeks ago and I’ve averaged 100 downloads a week. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out.
Did you know that a third of people who made New Year’s Resolutions have already dropped them? Greater Than has a lot of tools and tricks that can help. Please share this link. Someone you know may need the help.
I’ve started working on my second book, all about breaking bad habits. What bad habits are you trying to break? What strategies have you used to break bad habits before? What has worked for you? What are your obstacles?
Today is New Year’s Day. It is day made for change and recommitment. Chapter 8 from Greater Than seemed appropriate for today. The book is available on Amazon today for free. I hope you enjoy it.
Have a wonderful, challenging and productive New Year!!!
Chapter 8 – Today is greater than tomorrow
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso
Too frequently we get stuck in analysis paralysis. Not only does this phrase rhyme and roll off the tongue nicely, it succinctly sums up what many of us do at some point in our lives. Analysis paralysis is when we are too afraid to move forward, we use “not having enough information” as an excuse to not take any action. It sounds like, “I’ll start my diet once I read the book on the caveman diet.” Of course, after they read the caveman diet, they will put it off another week because they need to go shopping for special caveman food. I don’t know what caveman food is. I haven’t read the book. And then they…… I don’t know what it will be but it will be some excuse to not take action. Of course, people say these things while eating their eighth slice of cake from their failure party.
How do you avoid analysis paralysis? Break your goal down into small pieces. Some pieces will require more information. Some won’t. Start working on those pieces where you know enough today to take some action. Any action. For those pieces that you need to know more, define exactly what you need to know just to take one more step forward. Once you learn a little, take a step forward. Learn more, then take another step. The important thing is to take action today.
I’ve made my book Greater Than available for free on Amazon for a limited time. While Greater Than is a made for anyone seeking to achieve more in their life, it is very relevant for someone trying to make and keep resolutions.
This free offer is only available for a few days, so please take advantage of it. Do you know someone who needs a little help with getting started? Share Greater Than with them, especially now that it is free. We could all use some help some times.
The University of Scranton teamed with the Journal of Clinical Psychology and reviewed New Year’s Resolutions (See summary here). Only 8% of the population succeeded at their prior year’s New Year’s Resolutions. 25% of people drop their New Year’s Resolution by the end of the first week. A third of people drop their resolution by the end of the first month.
There are a number of factors influencing resolution success. A very typical issue is that people tend to NOT plan out how they are going to actually achieve their resolution. The most common resolution is losing weight. Losing weight comes down to three factors; eating fewer calories, eating healthier and moving more. To be successful at achieving a weight loss resolution, a person needs to plan out how are they going to track and reduce calories, how are they going to ensure they eat more and how are they going to move more. While it is ok for the goal to be a little lose, the more specific a person is on how he/she will accomplish the actions that lead to achieving the goal, the more likely he/she will lose the weight.
Be very specific on your action plans. Ask yourself the five “W” and an “H” questions. What are you going to do? Why are you doing this action? When will you do it? Where will you do it? Who are you going to do it with? Finally, How are you going to do it? Once you have these questions all laid out, put your action plans in your calendar and set reminders on your phone. Look over your plan. Are their any obstacles to accomplishing the plan as you laid out? Address them now. If you say you are going to go to the gym at 6 am every morning but your schedule has you getting to bed at 2 am, your plan probably isn’t going to work for long. You are better off addressing these issues before you even start.
I’ve recently published a book Greater Than that is very appropriate for achieving New Year’s Resolutions. Greater Than is the first in the series The Little Book Series for Big Success. Each book in this series is meant to be read in under an hour and is constructed in a way where you can start applying its techniques immediately. Greater Than give thirteen different tools, techniques and strategies that will help you reach your resolution goals.
Please like or share if you know someone who needs a little help with their resolutions. We all could use a little help once in awhile.