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*Betchaican* the Wiseman way - WEEK 43

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Many of us, about 100 million in the US and 9 million in the UK, set a New Year resolution or two every year?

I love the idea because its a great opportunity to think of a small repetitive action, that can improve our lives or make us more successful.

However unless you can improve your odds, you only have a 50% chance of keeping it up till the end of January , and the likelihood that you'll keep it up all year is just 10%. Now I hate to fail, as I'm sure you do, so I thought I dig around and see if I could find us some help.

The help I found came from a year-long study of 3,000 people by  Professor Richard Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire, England)

Richard found that men were 22% more likely to succeed when they set goals for themselves, such as losing a pound a week rather than just saying they wanted to lose weight.  Richard says "Think through exactly what you will do, where you will do it, and at what time." for example instead of planning to go to the gym twice a week you should plan to go at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Richard also found that women were 10% more likely to succeed if they tell other women, they can tell friends or family. Richard says women might be reluctant to tell others about their resolutions, but benefit from the social support provided by friends and family once they have made their goals public.

As a final comment for both sexes Richard found that if you revisit a past resolution then this dramatically reduced your chance of success. So try and find something new to target or at least find a new approach to the old problem you want to action.

If you need an more encourage there 's new site on the internet called www.betchaican.co.uk

It allows you to make a record of your resolution, you can promise yourself a reward if your successful or make a donation to charity if you don't. Not only that, but you can nominate 'bet-buddies' . If you want to encourage someone else, you can challenge them to achieve a goal with you as the provider of the reward! So why not give it a go and best of all its completely free!

So I'm off to set a New Years resolution, which for once I might actually be able achieve

Will you? Till next week betchaican.


David Gardner





 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
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 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  The Automatic Millionaire -David Bach
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson



Old Lang Syne

Who Made the World?

The Latte Factor

The Fox and the Hedgehog

Life Balance the Da Vinci Way

Peace of Mind

The Miss World Quiz

The Road is better than the Inn

Did the Elephant Remember?

Can't See the Wood for the Trees

Dutch Courage

Talk with Relevance

Milo the Greek

A Boy called No

Bluebird - A pint of Ale &  water speed record

Visualising an Argument with Alien Bowling

Old Friends lead to New Thoughts

Bad Driver

Space Shuttle designed on a horses backside

Back to the Future

The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
12 Questions to High Performance
The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
Three Men and a Boat
Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
The Meaning of Life  
What was your name again?
Two Frogs
Is Common Sense Possible
An Architects Vision
Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

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