As already announced in 2017, in “2018 we’ll talk again”

The new year is already running away. We are busy again. Do you remember your resolutions? Exactly, which were that again …?

Anyway, because statistically, intentions are more like castles in the air. “Castles in the air” are described as: “unrealistic wishes or ideas”.

castle in the air



I agree. Unrealistic. Why? Well, look at your schedule… and the year has just begun. As early as 2012, British researchers have shown that 88 percent do not comply with their resolutions. Only about every tenth manages to stay tuned and pull it off. Make it easy. I know, simple is actually not easy … but you can do it (anyway).

You only need courage. Courage to say that you want to belong to the 12%. The 12% who make it (see above). Courage to say that you are already one of the 12%.


The intentions of the Germans for 2018 show the desire to have more time.

In a recent survey statista shows this ranking if you ask Germans “What are your resolutions for 2018?”.


  1. Avoiding stress
  2. Spending more time with family / friends
  3. Make more sports
  4. To have more time for yourself
  5. To eat healthier


Since we know that lack of time leads to stress (1st place) and that we often have to find time to do sports (3rd place), the result is that the graphic one clearly shows: the top 4 refers to the time we are missing.


Why is that? Well, there are many (potential) reasons …
But it is better to look forward – by the way, should you always do that – and actually find more time for yourself. More precisely, organize more time. Because 24 hours will be always 24 hours. One day has always been one day long. That you still have less time, is (also) dependent to you. Not only to you, but also. And that’s good news. Because everything that relates “to you”, you can also change. Here is where Pareto helps you. Vilfredo Pareto.



Vilfredo Pareto


Vilfredo Federico Pareto was an Italian engineer and the namesake of the Pareto principle. The Pareto Principle, also known as the “80-to-20 Rule“, states that with 20% of the effort, 80% of the results are achieved and with the remaining 80% of the effort, only 20% of the results are achieved.



Pareto Principle


How did Vilfredo Pareto come up with that?
At the end of the 19th century Vilfredo Pareto was interested in the distribution of land ownership in Italy and analyzed it. He found out that about 20% of the population own about 80% of the land. Nearly a hundred years later, in 1989, it was found that 20% of the population owns 82.7% of world wealth. Coincidence?



The statement of the Pareto principle is simple: find the 20% and focus on it!

Find out what makes you happy. Really happy.
Find out what you really want to achieve in life. Really your goal.
Find out what gives you meaning in life. Your life. Yours. You.

Then “only” thing missing now is your personal change … yes, but for what? Exactly, for the really important things in your life.



  1. Take a white sheet. Do you have a whiteboard, then take this.
  2. Draw a small circle somewhere on the sheet.
  3. Write in what matters to you. First only what is generally important to you.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you can not think of anything. It is important that you quickly paint the sheet, in which you spontaneously leave everything out of your head on the sheet.
  5. Now think of a scale of 1 to 10. 1 is not important at all and 10 is so important that you never want to give it up. Never!
  6. Now write the corresponding number next to each circle.
  7. Every circle that got a “10” from you is one of the really important things in your life.


I suppose that only 20% of the circles got a “10” …


If not, then … dare …
You only need courage. Courage to say that you only want to focus on “your” 20%. Everything else, in fact, belongs to the 80%. Take a closer look on that. It’s your life.