We are nearly 3 weeks into 2015, and with every new year it is about change. Growth is constituted as change, here are 5 things Millennials should consider changing.
Change your health! A friend and I were talking over the weekend about our health. This friend and I are at different phases in our health, he is a few extra reps, some protein powder, and a slight diet tweak away from having the abs of a Greek God. I on the other hand am just getting back on the horse after a 5 week holiday sabbatical and crying over blisters I got after being back to the gym for two days. We both are in different phases with different short term goals in mind, but we understand that focusing on our health is important. We also discussed excercise, versus diet, versus combining both excercise and diet. His argument was that excercise was more important, I rebutted back that drinking beer all day was conterintuitive and diet was also important. This lead us to the discussion of an acquantance of ours and their significant other and how they were eating super healthy in the attempt to lose weight. The were frustrated that they were not loosing any weight inspite of eating healthy. I cited lack of excercise and lack of portion control. My friend agreed with this analysis. In passing, change your health for the better.
We have heard it countless times during the 80’s, 90’s, & 2000’s, “Change your attitude!” or “You have an attitude problem”, from our Parents. Well at the ripe old age of 29 and as a fellow Millennial, I am going to say they are right. Yes I admit they are right. Harvard and Stanford did a study in the 1990’s saying that the #1 determinant of a person’s success was not talent, was not education, but attitude. So I know that there is going to be the token smart ass out there that is going to say “Well what if I have a good attitude?” or “I don’t know what to change my attitude to”. Start by asking your friends(good friends), mentors, and positive role models who are active in your life. They have outside perspective and can help you go in the right direction. Another recommendation is to be consistantly positive, not to the point where it is fake and disingenuous. Also learn to manage your emotions so that you don’t get too high or two low. Millennials, take that silver spoon and throw it out, it will get you much farther.
We can’t choose our family but we can pick our friends. You may have heard some of the old geezer self help people say that you are the sum of the 5 people you hang out with most. I don’t like thinking it is true, but it is true. Get up off your duff and make some new friends. Not saying you can’t keep your old friends, but time to make some new ones. Remember there will always be more people you don’t know than who you know.
Change your content. You might be thinking what the hell am I asking you to do. What I mean is the news is full of garbage. I live in the Chicagoland media market, and everytime I turn on the local 10pm news it is 1). Who got shot, 2). Who got sued or wronged, 3.) What the who’s who and political types are doing, 4.) Hopefully catching the attractive weekend meteorologist, & 5.) seeing what the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Sox, & Colleges did that day. So I usually turn on around 10:12-10:15 PM to catch #4 and 5. Change the books you are reading, look at self help books, books on how to do a specific skill that is applicable to your field. Use the app Zite, and look at good subject matter. Articles you like the app will know to find more similar articles and ones you don’t like it will know to weed that content out. Reading and improving the content you take in will help you improve in other areas.
I think once you hit about 24, 25, 26, you begin to go into this “autopilot” phase. We are a result of our habits, what we eat, what we do, when and how much we sleep. I think that we don’t realize it even when a significant other points it out to us. This is why journaling is important. It brings to the forefront of how we spend each day. Whether it is watching too much television, seeing that we actually do go through a 6 pack of beer each night, how we don’t complete as many sales calls as we think, how many reps we actually did, etc. It shows us patterns and gives us clues on where we can change. Another form of accountability is goal setting. In goal setting what many people don’t realize is that many of us need negative consequences to do what we are supposed to do when we are supposed to do it. So for my job, I keep a couple pre-addressed form “shame letters” on my desk and a can of nasty peas and lima beans. If I don’t do what I am supposed to do, I have to send those letters and eat those foods. If I continually stay on task and on track, I will hit my goal.
Best of luck with these changes and may 2015 be truly your best year yet.