Why You Should be Planning for 2018, Not 2017.
Always carry a book
Before writing the first chapter of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling planned for seven years at Hogwarts. Harry Potter is one of the most read books of all-time.
Before creating the first Stars Wars movie in the 1970’s, George Lucas planned for at least six films and started atepisode/'ɛpɪsod/four, rather than episode one. Almost 40 years later, the entire world continues to be excited with the release of a new Star Wars film.This would not be possible if Lucas hadn’t thoughtfully and largely plannedahead.
The principle is simple:Don’t just plant a tree, plant an orchard.
Wherever you go， take a book with you。 When I leave the house， I always make sure to have my drivers license， my keys and my book， at a minimum。 The book stays with me in the car， and I take it into the office and to appointments and pretty much everywhere I go， unless I know I definitely won’t be reading （like at a movie）。 If there is a time when you have to wait （like at a doctor’s office or at the DMV）， whip out your book and read。 Great way to pass the time。
How different might Harry Potter have been if Rowling started the book without any intentions or plans beyond the first book? It may have just been a book about a boy who went to school and killed a bad guy. Perhaps, at the conclusion of that story, Rowling might or might not have decided to write asequel/'sikwəl/.
carry /‘kærɪ/ v。 拿，扛；携带
license /‘laɪsns/ n。 执照，许可证
Yet, by “beginning with the end in mind,” Rowling was able todirect and positionthe first book much differently. The first book, although amazing in itself, was a means to an end, clearly leading the reader to the next book.
minimum /‘mɪnɪməm/ n。 最小值；最低限度
Not only that, but by having along-term'lɔŋtɝm/objective/əb'dʒɛktɪv/, Rowling was able to create a much bigger story. She was able toforeshadow/fɔr'ʃædo/to things the reader wouldn’t learn about for sometimes several years!
appointment /əˈpɔɪntmənt/ n。 任命；约定
definitely /‘defɪnɪtlɪ/ adv。 清楚地，当然；明确地
DMV （dual mode vehicle） 公铁两用车
Make a list
But she planted those seeds early and thoughtfully, and as a result, each book was a continuation of the next, rather than several disconnected and random stories.
Similarly, consider how different Star Wars would have been had Lucas created one film, without planning what would come next,or before!Vadermay have just been “the bad guy,” not Luke’s father.
Keep a list of all the great books you want to read。 You can keep this in your journal， in a pocket notebook， on your personal home page， on your personal wiki， wherever。 Be sure to add to it whenever you hear about a good book， online or in person。 Keep a running list， and cross out the ones you read。 Tech trick： create a Gmail account for your book list， and email the address every time you hear about a good book。 Now your inbox will be your reading list。 When you’ve read a book， file it under “Done”。 If you want， you can even reply to the message （to the same address） with notes about the book， and those will be in the same conversation thread， so now your Gmail account is your reading log too。
account /ə‘kaʊnt/ n。 账户；解释；账目
address /ə‘dres/ n。 地址；演讲
Very Few People Live like This
inbox /‘ɪnbɒks/ n。 收件箱
You are the writer of your ownnarrative/'nærətɪv/. Yet, how often do you plan each year based on what you intend to do during the next year, or the one after that?
file /faɪl/ v。 提出；把…归档
conversation /kɒnvə‘seɪʃ（ə）n/ n。 交谈；社交；交际
thread /θred/ n。 线；思路；路线；主题
What if, like Rowling, you were livingthis yearbased on what you intend to do in 1, 3, and 5 years from now?
log /lɒg/ n。 记录；日志
It’s all in the set up.
Goals are means, not ends.
Find a quiet place
Everything you do is positioning. Are you positioning yourself to do AMAZING things in 1, 3, or 5 years from now?
I can already hear your mental wheels spinning.
But you can’t plan for the future! The real world isn’tHogwarts!
Find a place in your home where you can sit in a comfortable chair （don’t lay down unless you’re going to sleep） and curl up with a good book without interruptions。 There should be no television or computer near the chair to minimize distractions， and no music or noisy family members/roommates。 If you don’t have a place like this， create one。
comfortable /ˈkʌmftəbl/ adj。 舒适的，舒服的
Obviously, the world is changing fast. You can’t plan for everything.Hence, Tony Robbins has said,“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”
interruption /ɪntə‘rʌpʃn/ n。 中断；干扰
And that’sthedifference. Most people don’t makecommitteddecisions, which is whyonly 8% of people go on to accomplish their New YearsResolutions.
television /ˈtelɪvɪʒn/ n。 电视，电视机
In aninterview between John Assaraf and Lewis Howes,Assaraf shared what his firstmentortaught him about goal setting.
minimize /ˈmɪnɪˌmaɪz/ v。 使减到最少；最小化
After setting his goals in several areas of his life (e.g., health,spiritualityˌspɪrɪtʃu'æləti/,finances, relationships, service, etc.), and for 1, 3, 5, and 25 years out, Assaraf’s mentor asked him,“Are you interested in achieving these goals, or are you committed?”to which Assaraf responded, “What’s the difference?”
distraction /dɪ‘strækʃ（ə）n/ n。 注意力分散；消遣
create /kri： ‘eɪt/ v。 创造，创作
His mentor responded:
“If you’re interested, you come up with stories, excuses, reasons, and circumstances about why you can’t or why you won’t. If you’re committed, those go out the window. You just do whatever it takes.”
Clearly, Assaraf’s life probably isn’texactlyhow he planned it to be when he set those goals in 1982 at the age of 19. However, I’m confident those goalspropelled/prə'pɛl/him to where he is today.
If you really want to read more， try cutting back on TV or Internet consumption。 This may be difficult for many people。 Still， every minute you reduce of Internet/TV， you could use for reading。 This could create hours of book reading time。
He was playingand planninga much bigger game than most people and writing a much different story.
consumption /kən‘sʌm（p）ʃ（ə）n/ n。 消费；消耗
reduce /rɪ‘dju” s/ v。 减少；降低
The Science Doesn’t Lie
If psychological science has found anything in the past 30 years, it’s that people with highself-efficacy/'ɛfɪkəsi/and an internallocusof controlradically/'rædɪkli/outperform/ˌaʊtpɚ'fɔrm/others.
Self-efficacy = your belief in your own ability to achieve your goals. Think “confidence.”
Internal locus of control = a belief that you,not external circumstances, determine theoutcomesof your life.
One of the best ways to form a habit is to put it on your blog。 If you don’t have one， create one。 It’s free。 Have your family go there and give you book suggestions and comment on the ones you’re reading。 It keeps you accountable for your goals。
External locus of control = a belief that factorsoutside of youdetermine the outcomes of your life.
Themajority of the populationhavelow self-efficacyand anexternal locus of control.According to several research studies, people with these twotraits:
habit /‘hæbɪt/ n。 习惯，习性
Don’t set challenging goals
suggestion /sə‘dʒestʃ（ə）n/ n。 建议；示意
Don’t take on leadership roles
comment /‘kɒment/ n。 评论；意见 v。 发表评论/意见
Experience learned helplessness
accountable /ə‘kaʊntəb（ə）l/ adj。 有责任的；有解释义务的
Have a higher chance of depression and anxiety
Set a high goal
Have apessimisticview of the future
Have low job satisfaction and low job performance
Have low life satisfaction
Tell yourself that you want to read 50 books this year （or some other number like that）。 Then set about trying to accomplish it。 Just be sure you’re still enjoying the reading though — don’t make it a rushed chore。
Have low engagement in both work and life
Have greater health problems
accomplish /ə‘kʌmplɪʃ/ v。 完成；实现；达到
Experience more stress
enjoy /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/ v。 欣赏，享受；喜爱
The list goes on. You get the point.
rushed /rʌʃt/ adj。 匆忙的；贸然的
Reverse everything onthat list for people with high self-efficacy and an internal locus of control.
chore /tʃɔ： / n。 讨厌的或累人的工作
The Greatest LiePostulated'pɑstʃəlet/Today
Have a reading hour or reading day
If you turn off the TV or Internet in the evening， you could have a set hour （perhaps just after dinner） when you and maybe all the members of your family read each night。 Or you could do a reading day， when you （and again， your other family members if you can get them to join you） read for practically the whole day。 It’s super fun。
Is the world changing fast? Yes.
Are factors outside of your control unpredictable? Yes.
perhaps /pəˈhæps/ adv。 或许；（表示不确定）也许
Do you have little control over the outcomes of your own life? No! I don’t care who the President of the United States is. You canprosper/'pɑstʃəlet/orperish/'pɛrɪʃ/in either case, and it’s the not the President who decides that.
practically /‘præktɪk（ə）lɪ/ adv。 实际地；几乎
whole /həʊl/ adj。 完整的；纯粹的
Butherein/ˌhɪr'ɪn/lies the greatest lie being pushed today: That you are not in control of what happensin your own life!
Billionaire Peter Thiel has said:
“Indefinite/ɪn'dɛfɪnət/attitudes to the future explain what’s mostdysfunctional功能失调性in our world today. Process trumpssubstance/'sʌbstəns/: when people lack concrete plans to carry out, they use formal rules to assemble aportfolio/pɔrt'folɪo/of various options. This describes Americans today. In middle school, we’re encouraged to starthoarding/'hɔrdɪŋ/“extracurricularˌɛkstrəkə'rɪkjəlɚ/activities.” In high school, ambitious studentscompeteeven harder to appearomnicompetent/ɒmnɪ'kɒmpɪt(ə)nt/. By the time a student gets to college, he’s spent a decadecurating/'kjʊrət/abewilderingly/bi'wildəriŋli/diverse/daɪ'vɝs/résumé to prepare for a completely unknowable future. Come what may, he’s ready — for nothing in particular.”
n. [贸易] 囤积；贮藏；临时围墙
What would happen if you hired a construction manager to build your house and they said,“Don’t bother giving us a blueprint of the design you want. After all, you can’t really plan for anything. So I’m not exactly sure how your house will turn out.”
When you build a house, you have a plan. You follow the plan and you follow principles, such as mathematical laws. Thus, you’re not surprised by the outcome. In other words, you don’t expectcrooked/'krʊkɪd/walls that don’t line up. You don’t expect to have the bathroom where you intended the kitchen.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey has taught,“Mental/'mɛntl/creation alwaysprecedes/pri:'si:d/physical creation.”
Very Few PeopleDesirethe Responsibility
It’s easy to believe the idea thatyou are not responsible for what happens to you.
It’s much harder toown up to the factthat you are making choices every instant that determine your future.
Eventhis very moment, you’re reading this article.
Who is responsible for that?
Did you not click on the link that led you to this article?
Did you have no control over the matter?
The moment you realize you have complete responsibility for every aspect of your life is the exact moment you are completely FREE! (see the movie:The Adjustment Bureau)
If someone or something outside of you is responsible for your health, you won’t do everything in your power to be healthy.
If someone of something outside of you is responsible for you and yours, you won’t do everything in your power to provide for your family.
If someone or something outside of you is responsible for your future, then like most people, you will be the product of external circumstances.
Jim Rohn has said,“Let othersleadsmall lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
The 3 R’s of Choice
“When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” —Oprah Winfrey
There arethree componentsto havingthe powerto make choices:
If you don’t believe you have the ability to make choices, you have beendeceived/dɪ'siv/. You make choices every single day. You’re making a choice right now.
When you take responsibility for your choices, you realize there is noneutral/'nʊtrəl/ground.Every decision you make has inherent meaning andconsequence/'kɑnsəkwɛns/.Every decision you make also reflects what youtruly believe, far louder than any words you speak.Thus, what you do with your time actually does matter. Who you spend your time with does matter. Everything you do matters when you take responsibility.