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Keeping Your New Year’s Momentum Going

Believe It Or Not, You’ll Reach Your Goals When You Learn To Do Less, Not More.

Believe It Or Not, The Key To Reaching Your Goals
Is Learning To Do Less.

That’s Right—Less, Not More.

By Rich Harshaw

Note: About once a month, Monopolize Your Marketplace takes a break from marketing advice and focuses on personal development topics. We call this ongoing series “Personal Edge.”
Enjoy!

Ever notice how nobody ever talks about New Year’s resolutions after about January 10th or 15th?

That’s because it normally only takes a couple weeks for our collective resolve, willpower, and determination to melt away like butter on a hot stove.

Or more accurately stated: our will to improve ourselves gets overpowered and drowned out by the routine rat race of life. Going to the gym sounds great until you have to decide between an hour of exercise or catching up on the twenty-seven unreturned phone calls sitting on your phone. Earning extra money is exciting until you realize that you barely have enough time to earn the money you’re already supposed to be earning anyway.

The problem always comes down to time. There’s never enough of it.
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New Year’s Resolution: Backward Goal Setting

25 Years Ago I Learned A Surefire Goal Setting Method While Serving As A Missionary In Taiwan

25 Years Ago I Learned A Surefire Goal Setting Method While Serving As A Missionary In Taiwan

Believe It Or Not, A Counter-Intuitive Goal Setting Process That Allowed Me To Produce The Best Missionary Results In Taiwan’s History… Can Work For You, Too.

By Rich Harshaw

Note: About once a month, Monopolize Your Marketplace takes a break from marketing advice and focuses on personal development topics. We call this ongoing series “Personal Edge.” Enjoy!

“Those giant white guys on huge bicycles.”

Even though I only stand a modest six feet tall wearing shoes in the United States, when I served two years as a Mormon missionary in Taipei, Taiwan, I was considered a giant. Everyone knew us as those giant white guys that rode huge bicycles around town.

And oh, did we ride around! Mormon missionaries adhere to extremely regimented schedules: Up by 6:30 AM, studying and preparing until 9:30… then out on the streets riding those giant bicycles around to find and teach people about the church until 9:30 PM. Six days a week. With no access to TV, radio, cell phones, internet, music, dating, or any other “normal” nineteen-year-old activities. In terms of learning, growth, confidence, and maturity, nothing beats paying your own way to serve strangers full-time for two years in a foreign country like you do as a Mormon missionary. Nothing else even comes close.

Or stated differently, what were you doing when you were nineteen?
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