Don’t get stuck in a holiday rut! Pushing off action until January, a.k.a the New Years Resolution season could cost you big time. Not to mention, put you back a month before the New Year has even begun. Instead, maximize December to get a head start on living the life you deserve. December is when most of us take our vacation time and we let loose. Why not put this time to good use? if you were to see 20% of this downtime determine 80% of your goals, why would you hesitate? No, this isn’t too good to be true. Keep reading to find out why you should take small but significant action!
The 80/20 Principle
The 80/20 Principle will transform your life. It changes how you use time to get the most out of the action you take. The principle says that 80% of your results should come from only 20% of your effort. Most of us think that we need to do more to get more when this is simply not true. In order to be successful, you must be efficient with all of your time and effort. After all, there is only so many hours in a day. You will run out of steam, even if you start off with good intentions. Think about it this way; the most successful companies in the world make 80% of their revenue from only 20% of their product line. Coca-Cola. Beats. Timberland.
While it may seem counterintuitive, less is more, the theory is solid. Companies who have a lot of products have to spend more on staff training and marketing and advertising, etc. Their overheads are higher, and so they have to sell more to generate the same revenue. The more cogs you add to a machine, the less effective it becomes. The funny thing is, you can use the 80/20 principle in all aspects of your life to make really significant changes. You do not have to be a business owner. You just need to think like a boss! Ask yourself, “Will what I am doing with 20% of my time generate 80% of my results? If the answer is no, you should move on.
The Season of Action
To support our friends at Men’s Health, we’re raising awareness of taking action and the importance it plays in your life. Listen, no one like to be preached too, we get it, but taking action is a necessary and enjoyable aspect of life. Yes, you read that right. Without taking action, we would be miserable. If you didn’t buy tickets to see your football team play, or ask that girl out, who knows what would have happened. Decisions are useful, but they only manifest themselves as happiness when you take action. Plus, if you are dreading doing an action then let us be the first to tell you that you can probably live without that decision.
We’re all capable of making choices. We can start at any time. Even if you try something and it fails, you can choose to try again or move on. The potential you yield is huge. So we want you to unbottle some and give yourself a gift no one else can this holiday season, a gift that is more than socks or whiskey or sweaters. Give yourself a chance at something better. Give yourself the chance to be happy and start decluttering your life from everything that doesn’t follow an 80/20 principle. All you have to do is listen to your gut and be able to do 20% of the legwork. Didn’t anyone tell you dreams come true in December? You just have to make it happen!
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