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For 2017 Skip the Resolutions & Start a Movement

Dec 30, 2016

For 2017 Skip the Resolutions & Start a Movement 

I'm quite ready for 2016 to wrap up - it has been a bumpy ride. Between the extreme pollution choking us as we stood in line kowtowing to demonetisation, the very shocking rise of Trump, the also shocking exit of Britain, the Syrian civil war, and our own civil unrest, the world is reeling from quite a few kicks up its backside this year. I for one am happy to say 'Tata' to two thousand sixteen.

And I personally am determined to live this next year as a whole new person - a calmer, smarter, wiser, happier, healthier, and wealthier person.

We all want to change a little bit. It's only natural to want to grow and be better. But you also have the nagging worry in the back of your head telling you that you cannot change. You are who you are. You are how you are. You are DOOMED.

But hang on a second. Did you know that the cells in the human body completely change every seven to ten years? (Or so they say.)

That means every decade or so you completely change at a cellular level. So you see, you can change. You get a whole new you to work with.

But because the cells simply replicate themselves, you look, feel, seem exactly the same.

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So if you want to change the way you look, feel, seem, you need to make that happen yourself.

The end of a year is a natural time to shed that old skin - and put on a shinier new one.

The beginning of a new year is a gift unlike any - a gift of possibilities.

Who will you be in 2017?

In 2017 I'd like to be... more sane.

More sanity means more physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

And I know we could all use some of that.

Not to say that you're insane, but perhaps you could benefit from a bit more balance in these areas?

I know I could.

My aim for this year is to agonise less, and allow myself to feel more fulfilled.

How will I do that? Read on...

Let go of the past.

The single best thing about the past is that it's over. It doesn't exist and can't hurt you in any way. You can turn around and watch it like a movie. You can pick up some lessons, make some decisions, choose what you like, and wave goodbye to the rest. Your inner voice nags you because it thinks you spend too much time afraid of your past, worried about how it will rear its ugly head in your future.

I had a massive failure last year. It's work-related. Don't ask what - you'll just make me cry.

My inner voice says - failure is good. Next year you should have two big failures. Or three!

Usually I would tell it to shut up and then go hide in a book. But now, I'm prepared to listen.

Sit down and cross your legs.

I am not a calm person. Little things can really set me off. I've never checked my blood pressure, but I'm sure it goes up and down like a commodity stock.

So where does calm come from?

My friend (actually just a guy I would like to be friends with), James Altucher, tells a story in his book, Choose Yourself, about Mahatma Gandhi I had never heard before.

Gandhiji's financial backers go to him and say, 'Let's go, we have lots to do today.'

He says, 'I need to meditate for one hour.'

They say, 'But you are very busy!'

He says, 'Oh, that's right. Then I must meditate for two hours today.'

And we all know what he achieved.

Martin Luther may have said something similar.

'I have so much to do today that I'm going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done.'

There it is. The busier we are the more time for calm we need to work into our lives. Especially if you are going to embark on a journey of change, know that there will be periods of discomfort. And scheduling some time for calm will help you.

Change is not easy. But it is worth it.

If you want to change something in your life, do these two things:

  1. Read this book: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
  2. Make some time for calm - prayer, meditation, journaling, whatever you like.

Worry less about money - more about your dreams.

You can be financially healthy, do meaningful work, invest wisely, make money from multiple streams of income, and be wealthy.

Make the kind of wealth everyone dreams of and only few achieve.

I'll be honest - in this regard I don't need to change. My evolution has already started. Remember that failure I mentioned earlier? It has led to two other ideas. And I am ready to fail more and keep trying because now I know exactly what to do.

You can let go of your financial worries too.

Instead of worrying about building enough savings for a future you want, or being able to do the work you love...instead of coming home drained and deflated after a day's work...come home with purpose and work on your ideas.

Learn more about starting a wealth building journey.

Build your box of ideas.

When I was little, my dad used to say, 'Mere paas ek sau chaar idea hai.' (I have 104 ideas.)

First, I thought that was cool. I used to picture a little box in his head where elves were writing down and filing away hundreds of ideas on little note cards.

I grew up and realised this was ridiculous. It didn't mean anything - dad was just being funny.

Then I grew up some more. And today I know what he was trying to say. We all have a box full of ideas in our heads. That's what our minds are for. We just need to reach in and keep grabbing them so new ones are constantly generated.

In his book, my (not-yet) buddy James Altucher says you must write down a list of ideas every day. This should be a part of your 'daily practice'.

From hundreds of ideas will come the one or two that click.

So how about it?

A new practice for a new you - list ten ideas every day. And then work on them.

And have a Transformative New Year!

PS: If you want to learn more about the wealth building club I run, click here. It's a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has ideas and wants to make them work.

Many of our members are on this life-changing journey.

Akshat T has actually tripled his salary after making this decision, and he is just starting out.

Turab D has written and self-published a book, and he is almost eighty.

Others have started their dream businesses from home without leaving their jobs, started consulting, selling their photographs, and my favourite - SR is living his childhood dream, drawing cartoons and selling them to magazines and newspapers under the artist name 'Zola'.

How did they do it? SR, and accountant, could not even have imagined trying this before he joined the Club.

But don't take my word for it. Join the Wealth Builders Club yourself and begin your own transformation. Join all these guys and learn their stories of transformation and fulfilment.

TJ said: 'I have been a member for six months and already feel like a major movement in my life has taken hold.'

Don't wait another year. Don't waste another year thinking about changing. I didn't. TJ didn't.

This year is not about resolutions. It's about movement.

Is there movement in your life? Time to get moving guys. A new year is about to dawn. The time is just right for a new you. Click here and get started now.

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2 Responses to "For 2017 Skip the Resolutions & Start a Movement"

Nazir Alibhai

30 Dec, 2016

Anisa - I really enjoyed this article as I do all the other.  It is very simplistic yet all encompassing.  You have a way of bringing  out and introducing some pointers. I liked the "Tata" to 2016 punch line.  Keep it up.  Nazir. 

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30 Dec, 2016

Anisa : My entreaty to you (that's not correct English but communicates exactly the way I want to communicate) is to keep writing in this style. I can vouch for much of the feelings you've mentioned in this article and mainly the anxiety and sense of defeat. Many Thanks for the "nod" and your "like". Certainly life has changed after joining WB (Wealth Builders Club - not the World Bank). By the way recently Al Pacino (yes the guy who played Michael Corleone) retweeted one of my cartoons and some of his followers did the same. that really sent me over the moon. Thanks again for the great work you're doing.

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