Keeping a New Year's Resolution

3 ways to make commitments and change your life.

Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #205

Tip #3: Set Limits in Advance

I’m not suggesting that you jump willy-nilly into your passion and try to make it your full-time profession. Many passions don’t pay well. But if you’re taking the long way around, now’s the time to try going for it directly. But do it safely!

Keep your day job and try it out a bit at a time. Set limits in advance. Decide how much time and money you are willing to lose completely in pursuit of your passion. That’s your runway. Go pursue your passion, and be on the lookout for every opportunity to make it succeed. When you’ve used all the time or money you were willing to lose, you’ll know much more about your path and can decide whether to pursue it full time or make it a hobby and return to your full-time job. The runway I committed to with Sam is 6 months of time and living money.

Your Turn

Now it's your turn. Once you've found your driving passions, find someone you trust and respect. Make them a promise about the steps you'll take to reach your passions more directly than you're doing now. You needn’t make a total life change, just promise to take the first few steps with limits in place to keep you safe. Then put your promise in writing and sign it. You'll feel your entire being start to gear up to make it happen.

You're the only one who can make your life extraordinary.

When I got home after my conversation with Samantha, my Get-it-Done brain said, "You want people to live extraordinary lives? First you have to get them in touch with their highest goals. Because that's where extraordinary lives live. And what better time to do it than the start of a new year?" This episode is step one. If you think you deserve an extraordinary life, make it happen. I—and others—can help guide you, but you're the only one who can make it real.

Download your free copy of chapter 1 of my book. Schedule an hour or two to create your life map. Choose a change for 2012, and make a public commitment, in writing, to taking the first several steps.

I mentor successful people in building extraordinary lives by helping them uncover and move past the limiting beliefs that are sabotaging their progress. If you want to know more, visit http://www.SteverRobbins.com.

Work Less, Do More, and Have a Great Life!

-    Sam Horn, communications expert
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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.