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2019: Year of the…?

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I f you’re like 80% of people, you’ve already failed your New Year’s  Resolutions.

You probably failed your resolutions because you’re trying to do too much.

Trust me, I know people pretty well; I was a psychology major after all.

Okay, I was a psychology major for a whopping two weeks my freshman year of college.

I was failing all my classes and changed my major to business.

Anyhoo, back to being overly ambitious.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to want to turn your life around. I think we need more people in this world who are truly devoted to becoming the best version of themselves—whatever the hell that means.

I always heard people say this, but no one ever gave me any practical steps to actually becoming that: the best Connor I could be.

How do I become him? What would I be like?

Passing my classes would probably be a good start.

Thing is, becoming the best version of yourself is different to everyone.

Regardless of what it means to you, there’s only one way to do it: become a robot. That’s why—for the first time in three years—I have a New Year’s Resolution.

I’m going to become a robot this year.

Yes, you read that right.

No, I’m not talking about artificial intelligence.

So, if you’ve spent too much time on YouTube watching conspiracy theories about how AI is going to kill us all, there’s no need to worry.

Actually, let me clear that up.

You should definitely worry about how you spend your free time, but you don’t need to worry about me becoming a robot and joining artificial intelligence in human genocide.

So, what does “year of the robot” mean? Sounds weird, doesn’t it?

I was doing what I do whenever of Mike Vacanti uploads a  YouTube video: cleaning my room.

I only watch YouTube videos if I’m doing something productive like work, homework, or cleaning. I learned this from Mike: pair things you have to do, but don’t necessarily like, with things you do like.

In this particular video, he said something that I feel really applies to fitness, business, and life in general.

Mike starts talking about the year of the ? at 9:36.

In short, Mike decided to name 2019 “The Year of the Robot” in hopes to program himself to do everything he needs to do to accomplish his goals.

He really got me thinking: in most cases, you aren’t where you want to be due to a lack of consistent action, not a lack of knowledge.

You don’t have to be an expert to lose weight or build muscle. You don’t have to be a genius to make more money. You just have to do what you know you need to do when you know you need to do it.

Struggle to get your workout in unless it’s first thing in the morning?

Set your gym clothes out the night before. Pack your work clothes, toiletries, and a towel in a bag. Get your lunch ready for tomorrow.

Struggle having prepped meals during the week?

Set an alarm Sundays to prep your food for the week—or Sundays and Wednesdays if you prefer your food extra fresh.

Feel disorganized at work?

Get a planner, plan out your week every Sunday night, and take 30 minutes every night to plan out your next day.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

These things are disciplines—they’re hard. That’s why only a small percentage of people plan this way. Very few people can program themselves to do exactly what they need to do at all times.

That’s why there are only a select few who are remembered forever.

There are only a handful of people who have made a great impact on the world.

These people figured out that success is found in the routine, and greatness is just all the small things done well.

This thought takes me back to my favorite video of Jordan Peterson. This is from a university lecture where he talks about what could happen if you decided to do everything you know you should do.

“You’re not what you could be and you know it.”

Welp. That’s depressing.

Maybe it is too late. Maybe what you do doesn’t matter.

On the flip side, it’s also encouraging, depending on how you choose to view your current situation.

You’re still alive; you still have time to take steps to evolve and grow into who you could be.

What you do has a ripple effect, and could affect hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people.

Becoming everything you could be seems so daunting. Everything is that way when you look at a large task; it normally results in anxiety, which then leads to inaction.

That’s why so many people don’t ever try to become their best self. It’s intimidating and difficult.

You tell yourself you need to wait for motivation. This comes from not knowing what created motivation.

Motivation is a cycle, one that begins and ends with action. Action leads to results, which leads to motivation, which then leads to more action, and then it repeats itself.

It’s pretty simple when you think about it this way.

Want to start a business? Start now and find a mentor.

Want to get the body of your dreams? Start working out and take steps to improve your diet (and fill out an application to work with me).

If you hesitate, you’ve already lost. You know what you need to do, you just aren’t doing it.

That’s why this is the year of the robot. This is the year to program yourself to do what you need to do when you need to do it.

What if instead of questioning whether you could achieve your wildest dreams—or wondering if you’re good enough—you just took action?

Imagine if you did anything that would bring you closer to your goals, no matter how small.

What if you did this every single time you started doubting yourself?

Where would you be right now?
Who would you be with?
What would you be doing?
How much impact could you be making?

There’s only one way to find out.

If you can program yourself to consistently do the things you know you need to, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. We don’t know what the upper limits are.

Become a robot. Program yourself to make success a habit.

If there’s anyone you know who needs to hear this, share this with them so they can join the revolution to make 2019 the year of the Robot.

Cheers?

Connor Youngman is a personal trainer, fitness writer, podcaster, and competitive coffee chugger. He has a deep love for the Chicago Bears, Stoic Philosophy, Harry Potter, and writing about himself in the third person.