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The Science of Accomplishment – 30 Motivational Skills To Get Your New Year’s Resolution Done

Confident that you’ll achieve your New Year’s resolution?

Most people are. Only 12% succeed.1

88% of New Year’s resolutions fail.

Let’s make this time different.

Gamble and wish for the best, or take the long-term approach and guarantee eventual success.

Develop The Skill of Accomplishment

Accomplishment is not one inspirational technique or burst of willpower away.

It’s a skill, with lessons to practice and techniques to internalize.

The skills on this page have been tested by over 100,000 people across 103 scientific studies, to:

  • Improve diabetes self-management.74
  • Increase fruit consumption by 117% for seven days.42
  • Reduce calorie consumption by more than 100 per day.77
  • Take faster action towards cutting back on bad habits.78
  • Reduce alcohol consumption by 25% for a month.43
  • Reduce relapse.101,102
  • Increase work speed.6
  • Increase the likelihood of finishing a project on time.48,49,100
  • Increase ease of effort and work endurance.16,17,26,30
  • Score 20 to 35% higher on a series of foreign language learning quizzes.44
  • Complete 60% more practice questions in preparation for the PSAT.41
  • Spend 22 to 37% longer studying for a midterm.49

Accomplishment is hard. It has never in the history of human-kind ever been so unnatural.

Our brains weren’t designed to resist fatty food or exercise because the doctor said so.

Luckily, we happen to be the most adaptable species in the galaxy. We can rewire our instinct driven behavior into goal driven behavior.

Done right, we can even make pursuing our goals enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at the achievement equation. To hack it, we must first understand it.


Luck is uncontrollable and willpower requires too much effort, so let’s put those aside.

↑Value, ↑Likelihood, ↓Delay, ↓Distractions, ↑Expertise → ↑Success

If you’re not making the progress you want, one or more of those factors needs tweaking.

Let’s get started.
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Money Secret #2: Anticipate As If You’re Going to Kiss Mila Kunis

Do you remember that feeling… of the night before Christmas, of being so excited and full of anticipation that you couldn’t fall asleep?

I do, but I’ve really got to squeeze my brain. That youthful luster is a long gone memory.

Maturity happened.

As an adult in training, my natural urge to anticipate was discouraged. For some reason, that urge was associated with childlike immaturity.

An an American male, expressions of excitement and joy were further discouraged. To be ‘cool’ is to be composed and in control.

That’s a shame.

We’re missing out on a lot.

This is part two in an eleven-part series on money and happiness.

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