It’s our very first episode of the new year! (or at least it was until Travis decided to get everyone onboard with that Word of the Year stuff.)
So, it's our first FULL episode of the year! (Yay!)
We’re starting things off with a bang too by bringing an audio delight, in the form of our first ever live recording! That’s right, no more pre-recorded audio bytes from out highly intelligent Conrad Simulator Software (or the “Conye_Bot” as we like to call it), this time we’re doing it for real!
Jokes aside, the lads did a live episode in front an audience for the first time and things were pretty damn exciting to say the least.
In addition, the lads were also hooked up with some choice beers from Terra Forma! They’re a great little micro-brewery here in Perth and definitely worth checking out if you can find them.
“Wow that’s actually a flavoured beer where you can genuinely taste the flavour they’ve advertised. That’s bloody rare to be honest.” - Matt
New Years Shmew Years
As masters of appropriate conversation, the lads have decided to give this new episode of the year a pleasant twist by explaining how new year's resolutions are COMPLETELY POINTLESS AND WRONG.
The science here is that studies show, such as this one, that the odds of actually following through on a new year's resolution is pretty far fetched, to say the least.
The reasoning being that, for the most part, people usually give themselves unnecessarily lofty goals for the new year which usually require an entire lifestyle overhaul. Something, that’s normally pretty much impossible for most people to suddenly do.
Furthermore, the lads are mostly in agreement that new years resolutions, as a concept, are also pretty damn stupid and not worth getting into because goals shouldn’t be based around arbitrary dates that, beyond their counting signinfigance, are largely pointless in themselves when compared to the nature of how we achieve goals.
“You shouldn’t be treating a goal as something that has to be done by a date that is mostly pointless. For me, January 1st is just another fucking day and it’s signifigance has no impact on how I view my goals.” - Conrad
Instead, the lads are more invested in treating time a bit more differently, with 90 Day Goals being considered especially valuable as they set time in a more literal sense that isn’t dependent on the monthly/yearly date tracking system we’re accustomed to.
In this sense, the power of a simple series of “90 Day Goals” comes from the fact that they pretty much force you to think of things incrementally, instead of giving yourself gigantic goals that, more often than not, seem insurmountable almost immediately as you make them.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― Confucius
Not to say that you shouldn’t have lofty goals at all Rather, it’s good to have a lofty goal, but it’s equally important to be aware of the steps required to make that goal a reality and, usually, there’s a hell of a lot of fucking steps towards a big goal that people usually haven’t thought of at all.
For example, you could start a big goal such as: writing a novel. For the unitiated, it takes time to actually figure this out, so writing your first novel is pretty fucking hard and takes a long time. (Unless your Stephen King who writes novels so quickly most people are convinced he sold his soul to the devil to make that possible.)
As such, a 90 day goal for your first novel could be something like - sketch out what the hell you actually want to write about in the first place, and then get a short version of that story that gets some basic themes down.
That’s going to take a while, but hopefully no longer than 90 days.
The next 90 days could be about plotting out your story moment by moment so you know where it’s actually going. That’s also going to take time.
Admittedly, we’ve never written a best selling novel before so the time after that is difficult to figure out, but you get the idea.
That’s it for this week's show! Be sure to listen to the rest of the show and hear the rest of what the lads have to say, there’s two other topics the guys cover and they’re both pretty damn good so it’s worth having a listen!
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- New Year’s resolutions are Doomed to Fail - The Guardian
- Why New Years Resolutions Fail - Psychology Today
Host: Matt J Hanham
Co-Hosts: Justin Bourn, Travis Hayto, Conrad Francis
Production: Joshua Ames