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Issue #39: Stop wasting time on resolutions and just take action


James Costa

December 19 · Issue #39 · View online

A batch of thoughts, resources, and motivation from a friendly digital agency owner delivered every Monday at 6am ET.

As we approach the end of the year, there’s this tendency to stop what you’re doing and prepare for a “fresh start” in the new year that I think is idiotic. While I’m all for preparation and planning, it’s frustrating that we create “resolutions” that set ourselves up for failure instead of getting things done. Hey, I get it: 2016 was a tough year. But making a bunch of empty resolutions for 2017 isn’t going to make it any better. So why the hell do we make them?
It seems resolutions are rooted to the Babylonians and Romans who began each year making promises to various gods about what they would do. I really hope they were more successful at it, because it seems as though estimations of how many people actually follow-through with their resolutions ranges from 1% - 8% of people who make them.
Earlier this year I shared some of my thoughts on resolutions and planning with my friend Carlos on his Launch Solid podcast. Do we make goals for our business and overarching focuses for the year? Yes. But instead of waiting to get something done or make some change, we’d rather get things done. I find whenever I try writing down any resolutions, most of the things I want to do I’ve already started or tried. We should always be in a state of not wishing for things to happen or come to us, but instead doing things to move towards them.
This year for the holidays I’ll be spending time reflecting to get a better understanding of how I can be better. I want to use this time off to help myself come stronger and more focused. I’m not going to come up with goals to go to the gym every day or read a certain amount of books starting on an arbitrary day of the year: I’m going to get shit done.
What are you going to do?
PS: If you enjoyed this week’s issue, I’d really appreciate your support sharing it. Whether it’s a forward, a Twitter post, or making a gingerbread house that looks like mine, it would mean the world to me.
PPS: This’ll be the last issue for 2016, and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on January 8, 2017 with more that’ll make your head nod. (I threw a couple extra resources in the mix to keep you busy!)
Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas! 👋 🎄

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“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”
- Cavett Robert
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, Nintendo released Super Mario Run for mobile devices and it rocks. It stays true to itself in all the ways you’d want, and has a few really thoughtful twists that make it feel at home in your hand. Definitely recommend you get hooked on it over the holidays with some egg nog and rum!
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