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(And WHY You Need to Stop Making New Year's Resolutions!)

Can 1 hour change your next 10 years?

YES.

Apply this gaol setting system in its entirety, and you won't recognize yourself in 10 years.

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It is FREE.

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Hey it’s MJ DeMarco and happy year, hope you had a great holiday and that it was safe and fun.

As you know, with every single New Year that passes, we hear about people making New Years Resolutions. Well here’s something you might surprise you, I can’t remember the last time I made a New Years Resolution. And in the next 9 minutes, I will show you exactly how you can achieve your wildest dreams while simultaneously, never having to make a NY resolution ever again.

So before I say “WHY” I don’t make year end resolutions, let’s examine what exactly a NY Resolution is: A New Years resolution is simply a GOAL, ya know, I want to lose weight, I want to start a business, I want to get out of debt, a NY Resolution is some type of confession that you’re not happy with the status quo, and the something has to change.

Unfortunately, a NY resolution is also a confession that you don’t do any goal setting during the year. NY Resolutions are for people who don’t set goals. They’re for people who want to feel good about making event-oriented declarations (I’m gonna get fit! I’m gonna quit my job and start a business) while year after year, they ignore the fundamental processes that underline goal achievement … or what I call, the process.

This is why gyms are packed in early January — going to the gym the first week of the year is an event, much like making the bold declaration on Jan 1st that you’re finally going to get in shape. But by come February, the gym is back to normal. The NY’s resoluters have succumbed to their old habits, which lack process.

Which brings us to that word I constantly echo over and over, process. The reason why I don’t have New Year’s Resolutions is because they are not part of my process, part of my process is a New Month Resolution which is preceded by a New Week resolution. You see, I don’t make goals once a year, I make them every damn week.

You see this: This is my daily “to do list” which I’ve created to maximize my productivity and goal achievement — now if you hang out at The Fastlane Forum you’ve seen me talk about this “to do list” many times. As you can see, this is a physical, pen-and-paper format which is purposeful… studies have shown that writing down goals (ya know, old school) is far more effective than digital notes or web based to do lists, and I can confirm this because i’ve tried both: I always come back to pen-n-paper-pen to do lists.

So as for my personal to do list, here is how it is structured in such a way that you will NEVER NEED ANOTHER NEW YEARS RESOLUTION again. On the left side, are your daily to dos … with one space for the most important thing to achieve for the day. Below it are primary to dos, usually important and urgent stuff and secondary to dos, no so urgent or important. However the real meat of my to-do-list is the right side which breaks down goal achievement into manageable chunks, or as I say, the process.

Box 1 is a weekly goal which I complete every Sunday or Monday morning, that is derived from my monthly goal, which is derived from my YEARLY GOAL. At the first of the month, I complete each these fields, and revaluate my goals, which stem from my yearly objective. I tend to rewrite the goals every week, or every two weeks as a steady reminder of what I’m trying to accomplish.

Now the yearly objective, or the yearly goal, is a beast in itself and is part of a much larger plan which I call, the 1/5/10 Planasy. Now there’s a video here on my channel outlining the purpose of the 1/5/10 Planasy, and its also explained in the last book I wrote, The Great Rat Race Escape .

Basically the shortened version is this: Envision your optimum dream life at 10 years, sort of like a vision board. Say in ten years you want to have sold your first business for a minimum of 8 figures. You also want to live in a mansion on a Florida beach, you want to have no debt, and u want to be married to the man or woman of your dreams. Then envision how your life would need to look at 5 years to be HALFWAY to that ten year vision. With this reverse engineered from the 10 year vision, you’d probably need to have business with 7 figures in revenues, you probably need to have most of your debt paid off, save for some student loans, maybe you moved to Florida in small condo, and you might need to be dating regularly or in serious relationship.

Next, you want to envision how your life would need to look, 1 year from TODAY, to be moderately closer to that 5 year vision, it could be halfway, twenty percent, the number isn’t important, only that you can clearly see yourself on the way. In our example, your vision at your 1 year time line, you might have a profitable business that just did its first $5000 a month in profit, and is a verified productocracy. Perhaps you paid off 1 of your 3 credit cards and reduced your debt by 25%. Perhaps you made a three trips to Florida to stake out a city you want to live in. Perhaps you created a dating profile and went on 12 internet blind dates, at one per month.

Once you’ve finished your 1/5/10 visions, you can now start using your Fastlane To-Do list, which you can customize to the plan you just finished. For example, in your yearly goal, you have 12 internet blind dates and 1 of your credit cards paid off. Your monthly goal would then be, create dating profile and go one 1 internet date. Your weekly goal would be, find a dating website, and create a profile. For the debt goal you had specified 1 year, your monthly goal might be to pay an extra $200 toward your credit card, with the weekly goal to be, don’t spend money on alcohol the next time I go to happy hour with my co-workers.

Now here’s a critical matter that I need to mention: Whatever your goals are in the daily planner or your 1/5/10 Planasy, they need to be specific and measurable. If your goals are “lose weight” or “pay down debt” or “find dream spouse,” you’re setting yourself up to fail. Goals like that are action-fakes, like most New Years Resolutions. All your goals need to be specific and measurable —“lose weight “ transforms to”lose 50 lbs”, “pay down debt” transforms into, “pay down my debt from $40,000 to $25,000”, and “finding my dream spouse”, would be reduced to “go on X # of dates”, or even better, “ask X number of potentials on a date”. Specific, and measurable.

This entire system, from the daily planner to the 1/5/10 Planasy, is how you change your life. This entire system is how your life in TEN YEARS will be nothing like it is today. This entire system is why I have an 8-figure net worth and a profitable business, it’s why I live in a 13,000 palace with its own indoor basketball court, home theater, gym, every amenity you could imagine, and it’s why my life has felt like a vacation for the last twenty years. And most importantly, this is why I don’t make New Years Resolutions … because I don’t set goals once per year, I set them weekly.

So wrapping this up, if you’re interested in using my daily planner, I do sell the the fancy green ones at ViperionPublishing.com but I recommend you save your money and just download the PDF for FREE so you can print them at-will. Starting in 2022, every new user who joins The Fastlane Forum (which is also FREE) will get my personal daily planner… to join, I’ve posted a link in the comment section so take a look at that, hope you enjoyed this systemic process on how to radically change your life in 10 years or less. If you have, please subscribe to the channel, join The Fastlane Forum where I contribute every single day, yes every day, or grab any one of my books which usually can be found for less than twenty bucks, and as always, when you buy one of my books, there is nothing more to buy before, during, or after. I don’t use sales funnels, I don’t have any upsells, and I don’t sell big ticket coaching or training courses… learning how to make a fortune should not cost a fortune…. Until next time, Im MJ DeMarco.
 
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Thank you, MJ. This has come at the right time for me. I have made a 10,5,1 plan one year ago and now I will add this in order to track my everyday progress. Had problems in actually doing little steps every day because I had days when I did not know what to do. Will start using this asap. Thank you
 

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Thank you!

I think in the "Get s*** done" thread (https://www.thefastlaneforum.com/community/threads/get-shit-done-the-free-fastlane-to-do-list.57691/) you mentioned that you wanted to look into making adjustments to the list to better reflect the 1/5/10 strategy specifics. I suppose you came to the conclusion that the list is fine as it is!?

Definitely struggle with getting this going and I suppose it exposes some of the hidden issues I keep bumping into ... like my to dos being too intertwined, complicated and daunting ... sometimes vague.
When I think about it, the products of the planning phases have always been problematic when I tried to execute. I hope that grinding through this feeling of overwhelm will lead to better to dos eventually.
 
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I suppose you came to the conclusion that the list is fine as it is!?

It works for now, the daily planner is short term, the 1/5/10 is long term. But yes, eventually I will tweak it a bit to reflect both.
 
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Great Video I down loaded the PDF a few weeks ago, before christmas when setting up my new LTD Company and helped me loads. Daily goal setting is a must.
 

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Great Video I down loaded the PDF a few weeks ago, before christmas when setting up my new LTD Company and helped me loads. Daily goal setting is a must.
Hi, happy to hear that you were able to download the weekly to do list. I've been searching for it myself. I need it to keep me on track. Do you kind sharing the link to the download? Thank you.
 
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Hi, happy to hear that you were able to download the weekly to do list. I've been searching for it myself. I need it to keep me on track. Do you kind sharing the link to the download? Thank you.

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(And WHY You Need to Stop Making New Year's Resolutions!)

Can 1 hour change your next 10 years?

YES.

Apply this gaol setting system in its entirety, and you won't recognize yourself in 10 years.

And better?

It is FREE.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EgdIpa3FLM


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You be upselling the shit out of your "Millionaire Fastlane " imo...
 
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Apparently you don’t know the definition of “upsell”, how’s that Forex trading working for ya? Oh yea…
- claim ure rich
- create mfl
- create forum
- create more books that are mfl but in a different format
- continue to upsell
- profit
 
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Awesome video! Let’s hope it gets some new members, I like the call to action at the end sending people here.

I will definitely start using these planners, I tried in the past but didn’t have specific enough goals to put in the boxes so stopped using them, I realise now that that is a major issue.
 
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Been using the planner for the last week or so now since I saw the video. Having super productive days now when I was in a bit of a funk previously.

Really happy to see the YT channel going again.
 

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- claim ure rich
- create mfl
- create forum
- create more books that are mfl but in a different format
- continue to upsell
- profit

Goodbye dumbass. So happy to hear you weren't fooled and "upsold" a $13 book.
 

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Awesome video! Let’s hope it gets some new members, I like the call to action at the end sending people here.

I will definitely start using these planners, I tried in the past but didn’t have specific enough goals to put in the boxes so stopped using them, I realise now that that is a major issue.

Yes, without those fields completed, one tends to meander... I've gone through phases when I neglect those fields, and just end up doing a lot of work, with no larger, longer-view items being achieved.
 
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Awesome video! Let’s hope it gets some new members, I like the call to action at the end sending people here.

I will definitely start using these planners, I tried in the past but didn’t have specific enough goals to put in the boxes so stopped using them, I realise now that that is a major issue.
me too. It's not until putting pen to paper that I've realized "wait a second, I can't reach a goal that I can't define"

the other temptation is to just be totally whacky like a lot of new posters here: "Well fine, I'll put 'earn $1 billion next month.'"
 

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Hey @MJ DeMarco ,

May I offer you some (unasked for) video production tips?

1. Your mic gain is set a bit high, so it's blowing out (peaking) making it a bit uncomfortable to listen to the audio due to the crunchy sound. To fix: turn down the gain until it no longer peaks, and then use some kind of compressor in your video editor if you want a more punchy sound. Also, don't be concerned about having the mic closer to you - people these days are pretty used to seeing microphones in the frame, and it'll make the sound better.

2. Your camera is angled in a way that leaves you with too much 'head space' (i.e. space above your head in the frame). Ideally, the camera should be a bit below eye level so that the audience isn't looking down at you, and tilted in a way that doesn't leave too much space above your head in the frame.

Aside from that, everything is pretty solid, but if you have any tech questions, I'd love to help out - it's the least I can do for all the value I got from your work!
 

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@MJ DeMarco Amazing video and thanks for the free day planner template! Before I used every day a normal sheet and listed my todos. The small prioritization "swim lanes" are very helpful - forcing you to think, what really matters.

Although I agree that hand writing goals/ideas etc. is better than typing them via keyboard, I hate paper notes. I banned all my paper notebooks and so on last year and replaced it by a tablet, where I take notes, sketch ideas, "think" on paper etc. (Honestly I used a normal pen max 10 times last year - for bureaucratic things. I have no sheet of paper or a normal pen in my working room!)

So, I converted your template into a monthly 31-page PDF, that I fill with hand written notes on my "digital tablet-notebook", and your template works like a charm.

Everyone, who doesn't want to print 365 sheets of paper (or 183 if you also use the backside) like me, this might be a solution for you :) Takes a few minutes to create - if anyone needs help, let me know!

If it sounds confusing, here a picture (yes my handwriting needs to be "improved" :D ):

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@MJ DeMarco Amazing video and thanks for the free day planner template! Before I used every day a normal sheet and listed my todos. The small prioritization "swim lanes" are very helpful - forcing you to think, what really matters.

Although I agree that hand writing goals/ideas etc. is better than typing them via keyboard, I hate paper notes. I banned all my paper notebooks and so on last year and replaced it by a tablet, where I take notes, sketch ideas, "think" on paper etc. (Honestly I used a normal pen max 10 times last year - for bureaucratic things. I have no sheet of paper or a normal pen in my working room!)

So, I converted your template into a monthly 31-page PDF, that I fill with hand written notes on my "digital tablet-notebook", and your template works like a charm.

Everyone, who doesn't want to print 365 sheets of paper (or 183 if you also use the backside) like me, this might be a solution for you :) Takes a few minutes to create - if anyone needs help, let me know!

If it sounds confusing, here a picture (yes my handwriting needs to be "improved" :D ):
What tablet is that? It looks awesome.

Edit: searched "e-paper tablet", and it's the ReMarkable. That one's going on the wishlist... Haha
 

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What tablet is that? It looks awesome.

Edit: searched "e-paper tablet", and it's the ReMarkable. That one's going on the wishlist... Haha
Probably the best 500 euro invest I ever took. Have it for one year now, use it daily and absolutely love it.

I think also the company behind did an amazing job. Their whole concept, communication and positioning in the market is speaking to most entrepreneurs, think-workers and C-level-ish people. I think, when they would market to the Fastlane forum they could make a fortune here lol
 

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Genuine questioning here:
How can one realistically envision anything 10 years forward?
How can it be not pure wishful thinking?
Has anyone ever became what they wanted to be 10 years ago?

I find that sticking to a one year goal is already hard Not only in terms of self-discipline/motivation, but also that there’s too many variables in play.
 
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Has anyone ever became what they wanted to be 10 years ago?

I have, but admittedly as you progress toward 10 year visions, visions change as you and options change. It's less about the 10 year vision, but about the process. As I continue to say, it is a living document, or a living process. But people continue to think this is like a 10 Commandments etched on granite.
 

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I have smashed my target of £5,000 profit in my first month I have hit £7,000 profit from £26,000 in sales. I’ve never been so fired up on getting sales since I read MJ's books it’s all about setting daily goals to hit. Set the goals, reach the goals and the money just comes
 

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I have smashed my target of £5,000 profit in my first month I have hit £7,000 profit from £26,000 in sales. I’ve never been so fired up on getting sales since I read MJ's books it’s all about setting daily goals to hit. Set the goals, reach the goals and the money just comes

Music to my ears my brotha! Congrats to you!
 
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