People love to smoke their own crack. Meaning: we delude ourselves.
This is something I hear James Altucher say a lot. And it’s especially true with new year resolutions.
On January 1st 2018, 1000’s of tweets will look like this:
- “New year, new me!”
- “This is the year I stop smoking!”
- “This if the year I lose weight!”
- “I swear this is my year and I’ll finally quit my job!”
- “I’ll make 10 billion dollars!”
And some variation of those bullet points.
The problem? 1000’s of people are wishful thinkers who get high on their own bullshit.
And the danger is: when you’re high on your own supply, you start believing in magic.
And that leads you to believe you can snap your fingers and have success show up at your front door… JUST because it’s a “new year”.
Don’t Smoke Your Own Crack
When the near year comes around there’s a special feeling in the air that’s hard to describe.
Right before the new year comes around… I get excited.
I’m an optimistic person after all, so I get hyped, too. Because well: It’s just one of those things I guess.
In fact I’m hype right now.
But the mistake is: believing your wish will come true just because “it’s a new year”. Which is like saying: “I’ll lose weight because I deserve it”.
Don’t smoke your own crack.
Those who do end up quitting by time January 31st comes around. And then complain for the remaining 11 months of the year.
Only to repeat the cycle for eternity.
When You’re High On Your Own Supply, It Doesn’t Last For Very Long
Which is why an addict needs another shot of the drugs they’re smoking. To recreate that feeling.
It’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
And new years resolutions work the same way.
In fact let’s pretend I didn’t say that. I was wrong.
What I should have said is: things worth achieving work the same way.
If an alcoholic wants to quit alcohol, they need to adopt a lifestyle that doesn’t include alcohol abuse.
Otherwise they’ll revert back to abusing alcohol.
In the same way, if I want to be the type of person who’s kind and caring, my actions need to show that.
AND it needs to become a part of my daily lifestyle. Or else the “feeling” will soon disappear, and I’ll revert back to who I was. Which would be a person not fit for those kinds of qualities.
New Years Resolutions Won’t Work If You Don’t Adopt The Right Lifestyle
It’s a fools game to think your new years resolutions will manifest just because it’s a new year.
And it’s suicidal to your goals if you believe you can succeed by not changing your lifestyle.
Most people don’t lose weight because they refuse to change their eating habits.
And this hard but simple truth applies to almost everything.
If your lifestyle doesn’t change to match your goal, you’ll never be able to reach it.
So as long as you delude yourself with short-term thinking, you’ll be like a wolf howling at the moon.
No matter how much you howl, the moon will always be out of reach. Regardless of how loud you scream at it.