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How to Stick to & nail your resolutions

July 13, 2011

If you’ve just stumbled upon this blog, be sure to read the preceding part of this article by clicking here.

You know Mr. FarmVille, don’t you?

The FarmVilles

Mr. FarmVille is this hardworking young man who’s into farming. (Duhh… we didn’t call him Mr.FarmVille for no reason!)

Mr. FarmVille married the girl of his dreams and stayed high up in the Swiss Alps.
The clean and crisp air & the tranquility of the pristine surroundings is a dream come true for many a city slicker. (How easy to be mesmerized…)
Well, so Mr. & Mrs. FarmVille reared cattle, had a neat little farm and lived peacefully.

After a few years, Mr. & Mrs. FarmVille delivered a cute little baby boy. The couple called him – Tarzan.
At the same time, a resident cow also delivered a healthy calf.
I don’t know what the cows called it though. 😛

Let’s call this calf ‘Moo‘.

As a young child, Tarzan (the boy) had a good time playing with Moo (the calf). They were the same age after all!

Both Tarzan & Moo had a good time playing outdoors all day long. Every night, the calf ran around the farm
and refused to get back to the barn (the FarmVilles were Vegans for your information).
Seeing this, young Tarzan himself resolved to lift up the small calf & put it back in the barn with the mother cow each night.

Just like David Beckham tattooed Victoria’s name on his arm to remind him where his loyalties lay, Tarzan tattooed Moo’s name
on his arm so that he would remember to carry Moo back to the barn each night.

Phew!

Tarzan and Moo continued to play as days turned to months and months turned to years. But every night, Tarzan looked at his tattoo and remembered that he had to lift & carry Moo back to the barn. After 15 long years, when Tarzan was a strong, young man and Moo was a huge, heavy cow, Tarzan, out of sheer habit by now, would still carry the huge (massive) and heavy cow back to the barn.
You do realize that Tarzan was a quarter of Moo’s size and almost one-tenth Moo’s weight.

Doing the same thing each night for years at end made Tarzan gradually accustomed to the task and also to Moo’s weight, size and shape.
Each night, he would build up enough energy (and courage) to lift heavy Moo. ‘Getting Moo back the barn’ was something
he resolved to do each night (thank you tattoo). It then became second nature to Tarzan.
Lifting a massive cow might sound impossible but why else would this young man be called ‘Tarzan’?

Let’s come to CityVille.

No, this ain’t another family.

Small Moo

It’s just us.
You, me and everyone else.
We luckily don’t have problematic cows running around us. And even if we did, we wouldn’t be expected to lift them.

But we have other problems. And these problems run around incessantly in our heads until we lift them and put them to rest.

One of these problems that of our ‘incomplete goals’ and ‘unfulfilled resolutions’ which keep doing the moo-moo dance in our heads
until we deal with them. In our last post, we spoke about the ‘BUCKET LIST way to make your resolutions’. In it, we basically put down some easy & powerful ways of ‘making’ your resolutions.
Nailing these resolutions is what Tarzan teaches us.

Tarzan did the following to tame Moo:

1. He realized that Moo was being problematic & not getting back to the barn. (Problem)

2. He decided that the only way Moo would get back to the barn at night was if he himself carried it to the barn. (Realization & Resolution)

3. To make it a habit & ingrain it in his subconscious, he tattooed it on his arm. (Write)

4. He started lifting & carrying Moo the calf back to the barn each night. (Action)

5. Gradual changes in the cows weight, shape and size were thus overcome with time. He was growing stronger too. (Repetition)

6. Doing it regularly made it a habit for him. Moo got back to the barn each night. (Result)

7. Having accomplished his goal each night, Tarzan grew stronger and started swinging on trees! 😉 (Greater Accomplishments)

To achieve our goals and nail our resolutions, we must first make a firm resolve, just like Tarzan did.
Our elaborate goals and resolutions need some physical form and that’s why, the first, best and most effective
way to achieving your goals and solving your problems is to WRITE THEM DOWN.

Writing down your goals (or problems) gives them that physical form.
Only when you can see the problem, can you think of ways to tackle it.
(NOTE: Please do not tattoo your problems on your body. LIFEism will not be responsible for this problem).

Once you take continuous action in the direction of your goals, repeating the tasks that are needed to see it through, you
will develop the firepower to achieve even bigger goals & tackle even bigger problems.


As you may have noticed, nailing your resolutions, achieving your goals or overcoming any problem might not be as trivial as
lifting a cow, but all these can be systematically tackled by:
1. Identifying the ‘to-do’ task (or the problem);

(these could be your goals, ambitions or some nagging problems you just want to get rid of)

2. Resolving to see it through;
(a good way is to confide in a family member and ask them to push you forward every moment. Motivation at each day from a loved one can go a long way)

3. Give your goal a physical form;
(write down your goals, problems. Use post-it notes, mobile reminders, blogs or maintain a book. A book with a calendar is the best since
it gives you a timeline of your progress too. This ensures you are reminded about them everyday)

4. Acting on it;
(chart out the path and just do it)

5. Repeating actions constantly;
(do what’s needed on a continuous basis. Don’t apply the brakes yet)

6. Getting it ‘done’
(tick it off your ‘to-do’ list)

7. Moving on to other goals.
(move to another ‘to-do’)
As we grow, our problems, goals and ambitions also get bigger.

Big Moo

However, the size of the problem is not what matters. What matters is the size of YOU.

Grow bigger and stronger than your problems.

Then you too will be able to lift any ‘Moo’ that comes your way! 😉

By the way, that’s what Moo looks like now.

Curious to see Tarzan?

Just look in the mirror…

P.S. If you haven’t read the previous post, we strongly recommend you read it by clicking here.
It outlines the ways of ‘making’ your resolutions.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    July 18, 2011 6:30 pm

    Thumbs up!
    I like the way you draw parallels.
    It gets the point across & ‘nails’ it!
    😉

  2. December 28, 2011 6:23 pm

    Hi Varun,

    I write to you on behalf of The Viewspaper (www.theviewspaper.net) which is India’s largest youth paper and the 5th largest media company on Facebook.

    We are organizing the World’s Largest Tweet-A-Thon! and would like to invite you as a panelist for the same.

    From American political journalists in the 1950s, to The Economist magazine not so long ago; speculation has run rife about India and whether we will survive as a nation.

    Poverty. Corruption. Terrorism. Disease. Currency woes. We’ve got it all, and more. We’ve been written off, doomsdayed, delegitimized – but we keep coming back! What is the root of this appetite for adversity, this solid resilience?

    It is our nation’s optimism. No matter how much you bring her down, India feels up!

    A first of its kind initiative, the #IFeelUp Tweetathon is a 3-day virtual conference, which delights in the irrepressible state of the nation, in spite of its laundry list of issues. Over 72 hours, we’ll be bringing in 400 panelists for non-stop discussion, and that’s when you come in with your views.

    We would like to invite you to share your thoughts during the conference wherein you can participate from any part of the world.

    Here is the link to the registration page at The Viewspaper that gives complete details of this online event.
    http://www.theviewspaper.net/ifeelup

    If you’re interested, kindly email us your contact information so that we could provide you with more details about the event.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,
    Garvita

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