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How to Increase Your Income and Add 2 Years to Your Life in 30 Seconds


by Glenn Shepard
January 5, 2016
Category:  Motivation

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I’m a very, very strong believer that Christmas should be about what you give, not what you get. (Click here to see why.)

But New Year’s Day is my favorite day of the year, because it gives everyone a fresh start. I begin each year by looking back at who died over the past year.

Those who left us in 2015 include:

B.B King (musician)
Bobbi Kristina Brown (Whitney Houston’s daughter)
Darryl Dawkins (basketball player)
Dick Van Patten (actor)
Donna Douglas (Ellie May on The Beverly Hillbillies)
Ernie Banks (baseball player)
Frank Gifford (Kathy Lee Gifford’s husband)
Gary Richrath (guitarist of REO Speedwagon)
Leonard Nimoy (Dr. Spock on Star Trek)
Moses Malone (basketball player)
Natalie Cole (singer)
Tom Stanley (author of The Millionaire Next Door)
Wes Craven (movie director)
Yogi Berra (baseball player)

It sounds morbid, but it helps to be reminded that life has an expiration date – and none of us know exactly when that will be.

Deadlines are a great motivator.

Being reminded that even people who seem bigger than life can’t escape death also gives me a little extra kick in the seat of the pants.

You can’t control whether this will be your last year, but there is something you can do in the next 30 seconds that will increase your chances of living longer than those around you.

Researchers at the University of California found that people who are organized, reliable, self-disciplined and set personal goals outlive their peers by 2 to 4 years.

New Year’s Resolutions might seem cliché. But if setting personal goals can increase your life expectancy, why not do it?

It’s easier than exercise and a lot more fun than eating broccoli and kale all the time.

If you don’t have one, start with the “Better People Pledge” from last week’s issue. (Click HERE if you missed it.)

To Your Success in 2016,

Glenn Shepard

P.S. Zig Ziglar used to say that only 3% of Americans set goals, and they are among the wealthiest people in the nation. So you can extend your life AND increase your income by taking 30 seconds to set a personal goal this year. Sure sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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