Episode: Encore Episode: How to Fix New Year’s Resolutions

Megan Hyatt Miller: So, Dad, there’s this New Year’s resolution I have found on social media, and it says, “I was going to give up chocolate for New Year’s, but then I remembered that nobody likes a quitter.”

Michael Hyatt: Here’s another one: “My resolution was to read more, so I put subtitles on my TV.”

Megan: I love this one too. “I love when they drop the ball in Times Square because it’s a nice reminder of what I did all year.”

Michael: Oh, nice. For some people, New Year’s is really a reminder of what they didn’t do, like the guy who said, “May your troubles last only as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”

Megan: Yeah, most of us start out with really good intentions. Forty percent of people make a New Year’s resolution at some point. They want to do things like lose weight or save money or quit smoking or spend more time with their family. It’s so easy to get motivated right after the holidays, but it sure is hard to keep that motivation going.

Michael: Yeah, it sure is. Did you know more people join a gym in January than in any other month? I mean, kind of self-evident, right? But it’s expensive. The average cost is about $500 a year, but most of them drop out.

Megan: In fact, gym owners count on it. They way oversell memberships because they know only about one in six will really use them.

Michael: Really? One in six? Well, that’s actually a better average than most New Year’s resolutions. There was a study from the University of Scranton that said about 25 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail in the first week. Another third don’t last a month, and only 8 percent actually make it all year long.

Megan: So, why do you think that is? Do you think maybe people just don’t mean it or they’re just lazy or maybe it’s a willpower problem?

Michael: I don’t think so. I think most people really want positive change in their life. The problem isn’t them; it’s New Year’s resolutions. They just don’t work.

Megan: But we know something that does work for making real transformation in your life, and I think people are really going to want to know about it.

Michael: So let’s get to it.

Hi, I’m Michael Hyatt.

Megan: And I’m Megan Hyatt Miller.

Michael:  And this is Lead to Win, our weekly podcast to help you win at work, succeed at life, and lead with confidence. In this episode, we’ll tell you about how to make New Year’s resolutions that really stick.

Megan: Most leaders want to make positive changes in their lives, but they’ve tried and failed many times. The good news is we have a ton of experience in setting achievable goals, and that’s really what New Year’s resolutions are: personal goals. Today we’ll show you how to fix your New Year’s resolutions by incorporating five key components that make them last all year long. Now you can avoid that sick feeling every January and create a new habit or achievement that will change your life for good.

Michael: Well, obviously, I love this topic, because I love achieving personal goals. I always have. I’ve always been an achiever, always been a goal setter. But let’s be honest. We’ve all failed at making New Year’s resolutions, including me. I’ve had New Year’s resolutions to do certain things year after year after year, like getting in shape. For years I wanted to do strength training. I kind of got into cardio training, but I could never seem to get to the gym. Running got easy, but working out on equipment was tough. That was always a New Year’s resolution until I was able to transform it into a goal.

Megan: Why do you think New Year’s resolutions are so hard for people?

Michael: Well, to put it simply, New Year’s resolutions are a flawed system.

Megan: Yeah, that’s true.

Michael: First of all, it’s not about willpower. In my observation, people can pretty much do whatever they set their mind to do, so it’s not really about willpower. The other issue is that resolutions are kind of a faux goal-setting system. It feels like authentic change, but it’s not. When we make a resolution we get this good feeling from doing it, but don’t mistake the good feeling for the real action, because the good feeling is not going to last. Eventually you’re going to hit what we often refer to as the messy middle when it becomes very difficult.

Megan: Eventually you have to actually do something.

Michael: That’s right. That kind of leads to the third point, which is resolutions are easy to make because there’s social support for it. Everybody is talking about it on New Year’s Eve. It’s kind of the thing to do. You can get swept up in the current, but a few weeks later, where are those same people? I mean, even at the gym… The attendance falls off. I call them the “resoluters,” the people who are not at the gym after a couple of weeks. You can’t find parking the first two weeks, but after that…easy.

Megan: It’s kind of like you go into the break room at work, and everybody is talking about their resolutions. Everybody is bringing salad to work. Everybody went on a run before they came. But give it two weeks, and that’s all gone.

Michael: New Year’s resolutions just don’t work, but when you think about it, a New Year’s resolution is just a goal…maybe not as well formed as it should be, but it’s just a goal. Most are personal. Many are habit goals. We have a ton of experience at goal achievement. It’s part of what we do in our company. We want to talk today about five key components that make your New Year’s goals achievable. What’s the first one?

Megan: The first key component is a genuine possibility. The truth is unless we believe we can reach our goals we’re going to fail. Here’s a study. People in their 20s are more likely to achieve a goal than someone in their 50s…39 percent compared with 14 percent. I think the reason is because setbacks and failures convince us we can’t be successful.

Michael: Have you just noticed that, though, noticed people of those different ages?

Megan: Yeah.

Michael: I have too. We work with college students and young adults through our church, and they are far more optimistic, far more willing to try things, far less set in their ways, but I talk to the same kind of group, the same older group that’s about my age, and those people are so locked in. I think it speaks to the limiting beliefs so many of us adopt by that age. I often think of limiting beliefs like barnacles on a ship. You don’t have to consciously attach them to the ship. It’s just going to happen from being in the water.

I have to confront my own limiting beliefs every year. If you don’t have a process for confronting those on a regular basis and asking yourself, “What’s holding me back? What are the assumptions and the underlying beliefs that are keeping me stuck…?” If you don’t have a way of doing that, you kind of… I don’t know what another metaphor for this would be. What do you call it when your bones get brittle and hard?

Megan: Osteoporosis.

Michael: Yeah. It’s like a mental version of that, the older you get. You have to consciously work against that.

Megan: One of the things we talk about is taking your limiting belief, identifying it, and then replacing it with a liberating truth. For example, “I’m too old” (that’s a limiting belief) with “It’s never too late,” which is a liberating truth. Another limiting belief is “I probably can’t,” and a liberating truth would be “I can achieve what I focus on.” Another limiting belief is “I can’t change,” and the liberating truth would be “I can learn and grow.” Those are very different. When you realize those beliefs are driving your behavior, it’s super important to get those sorted out, because otherwise there’s this unconscious engine that’s driving your choices.

Michael: I think this takes some self-awareness. We have to be aware of what Brooke Castillo calls the “sentences in our head,” which are basically just our thoughts, and to literally write those down, what’s keeping us stuck. For example, I have talked to a lot of people who say they’re too old to build a platform, for example, a social platform. Then other people say, “I’m too young. Who would listen to me? I don’t have any authority.”

Well, all those can be changed by writing a liberating truth that counters that limiting belief. I suggest writing these down and repeating them. It’s kind of like daily affirmations, but it’s a little bit different, and it’s different in this way. It’s not the kind of affirmation that says, “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better” or some crazy…

Megan: Super aspirational.

Michael: Super aspirational. It has to be true, and this is true. Instead of, “I’m too old,” when you say, “It’s never too late,” that’s truth. I think Colonel Sanders started KFC, which is a big restaurant chain here in the US, when he was over 60 years old. I didn’t actually start working out until I was 50, and I was in terrible shape, but I got in the best shape of my life. I’m still in the best shape of my life. It’s never too late, and that’s what I repeat in my head.

Megan: What are some of the limiting beliefs you struggled with?

Michael: “I’m not very good with money.” That was a major one. I think that was in large part just I didn’t grow up in a very prosperous home, so having a lot of money was not something I was good at. When I started making money I wasn’t very good at managing it. Over time, this kind of developed, and I had a few setbacks, and I thought, “Well, I’m not very good with money.” What about for you?

Megan: I would say the same thing, that I’m not very good at managing money. When I was in my early 20s and just starting out, I was really bad at balancing my checkbook and handling all that kind of stuff. That was back when you had to actually balance your checkbook because it wasn’t all online.

Michael: What?

Megan: I know.

Michael: Back when you could add and subtract in your head.

Megan: Right. I’ve since lost those skills. That was really limiting for me. I’ve since discovered those are actually skills I can learn, and I’m now very proficient at those things and handle our personal finances pretty easily.

Michael: Like a ninja.

Megan: And actually enjoy it, but I would have never thought that was true years ago.

To make a New Year’s resolution that will stick, the first key component is a genuine possibility. Dad, what’s the second?

Michael: The second key component is a fresh start. You really need closure on negative experiences, particularly for the past year. I’m not talking about deep childhood traumas, things you should legitimately get counseling or therapy for, but just the kinds of things that happen to us over the course of the past year, the negative things that happened. If we don’t process those, if we don’t have a mechanism for working through them, then we’re tempted to drag the worst of our past into the best of our future.

I’m talking about things like where we missed our goals or maybe unrewarded effort. You know, we did something and we weren’t acknowledged at work or at home, and we’re a little frustrated or angry or get stuck with that. Or squandered opportunities. Maybe there were things that came to us, and we just flubbed it. We didn’t follow through whatever it was. Those are the things we have to process. The biggest issue is these are the things that ding our confidence.

Megan: This is huge.

Michael: They cause us to hesitate. So we consider a new opportunity or a new goal, and instead of really leaning into it and giving it our best effort, there’s that nagging little voice in the back of our head that reminds us, “Hey, last time you tried this, remember how you fell flat on your face?” or “Remember how you overshot the goal? Remember how you got embarrassed in front of everybody?” We want to process those things and acknowledge them. Usually it’s as simple as recognizing it, maybe talking through it with a friend or journaling with it, and then you’re done.

Megan: You really need to be honest about four things. First of all, what you wanted to have happen; secondly, what actually happened; thirdly, why it happened; and fourthly, what has to change in the future.

Michael: In another context we call this an after-action review, but it’s basically an after-action review in reflecting upon the past year. Another part of the after-action review we do in almost every other context, whether it’s the weekly preview in the Full Focus Planner or the quarterly preview, which I just finished this weekend, or it’s even an event or something we’re trying to process, is we talk about what went right. I think that so often when we look at the past we beat ourselves up or we focus on the negative when the truth is there’s a ton of stuff that happened that was positive.

I think it’s the way we’ve been conditioned. We’re trained to notice the negative. You turn in your paper at school, and the teacher only looks for the mistakes, not what you got right. You’re very rarely commended on what you got right. Usually the red marks are on the mistakes, and that’s how you’re graded. We learn over years to think that way. To think that way about this past year will not serve you for setting up this next year in the best way possible. I literally write down my wins. I make this a practice in every area of my life but particularly when I’m thinking about the next year and about goal setting.

Megan: This is one of the things I love about doing the quarterly preview process we have in the Full Focus Planner, because I often forget. I have to actually go back to my weekly previews in the planner to see what my wins were each week. That’s my little hack for doing that on a quarterly basis, because honestly, I usually remember the negative stuff, but I forget all of the amazing things that happened. It’s only magnified on an annual scale.

Michael: I do the exact same thing. Like I said, I did my quarterly preview this last weekend, and I literally had to flip back through my weekly previews, because the things that were the failures…

Megan: Right. Those are very present.

Michael: I didn’t need any reference for that. That was in my head. It was very present to me, but the wins were not. But the wins are probably the most important thing you want to drag into this next year if you want to start with confidence and lean into your goals.

Megan: Absolutely.

Michael: So, the first key component in making a New Year’s goal achievable is a genuine possibility. The second key component is a fresh start. What’s the third key component?

Megan: The third key component is an effective design. The truth is that New Year’s resolutions are fatally flawed. You just need to throw them out the window.

Michael: You can’t redeem them.

Megan: Never make them again. They’re just not worth your time. They’re doomed to fail. For example, they’re just too vague, like “Get in shape” or “Save more money.” How do you know if you’ve done that or not?

Michael: Exactly. It’s just an aspiration.

Megan: Also they lack accountability. There’s no deadline. If you say something like, “I want to take a vacation this year,” maybe for the first time in a long time or something else… If there’s no deadline, then how can you hold yourself accountable to actually accomplishing the goal?

Michael: Before you get into the SMARTER framework, because I know that’s where you’re going, I think we have to recognize these are simply the statement of an aspiration. It’s something you want. It’s a little bit vague. That’s where every goal starts, and that’s okay. It’s not that New Year’s resolutions are bad in and of themselves; it’s just that they don’t go far enough. So what we want to take is that aspiration and we want to turn that into something that’s actionable that you can actually achieve.

Megan: It’s kind of like the kindling. It’s going to start the fire, but it’s not going to take you the distance. There’s no way to do it.

Michael: That’s the perfect way to think about it.

Megan: In Best Year Ever we teach the SMARTER framework.

Michael: Why? Because SMART goals aren’t enough.

Megan: SMART goals aren’t enough. That’s right.

Michael: You have to have SMARTER goals.

Megan: That’s right. Here are the components of the SMARTER framework. First of all, your goals need to be specific. So, not vague…specific. They need to be measurable.

Michael: Include a number if you can.

Megan: That’s right. Include a number if you can. How do you know when it’s done? They need to be actionable.

Michael: Which means they need to start with a verb, not a state of being. It needs to be an action verb, like walk, run, exercise, eat, not like, “Be a more consistent blogger.” That’s a state of being.

Megan: Next is risky. These need to be outside of your comfort zone.

Michael: But not in your delusional zone.

Megan: Not delusional. You have to remember your goals are in relationship to one another, so you have to make sure you’re evaluating risky in the context of your other goals, but that’s really important, because if it’s too easy it’s not compelling, and if it’s too hard, in the delusional zone, then you’ll just shut down and throw in the towel.

Michael: Right. Self-sabotage.

Megan: Time-keyed. That’s really important. How often are you going to do something and by when are you going to do something? Again, this is part of making it actionable. Exciting. If you are not excited about your goals, you probably have a project you need to do. Talk about the difference between projects and goals.

Michael: I just dealt with this this weekend. There was somebody in our private Facebook group for Best Year Ever who had a goal of decluttering their house. They wanted to declutter the whole house, and this person said, “I am just stuck on this goal. I’m having a hard time getting started.” She said, “I wonder if it’s related to the fact that it’s not exciting to me.” I commented. I said, “Bingo! This is a project, not a goal.” Here’s the thing to remember: every goal is a project (that’s how I think of it; it’s a project), but not every project can be a goal, because not every project is exciting. Some stuff just needs to be done, but if it can’t be exciting don’t put it on your goal list.

Megan: That’s totally subjective, because for some people, organizing your house… You go to the container store. You read the magazines. You’re on Pinterest. That could be really fun for you. Or not.

Michael: The only time I get really excited about decluttering is when I have a book or something I have to write, and then I can find all kinds of things that are a whole lot easier and more fun than writing.

Megan: But that’s not what we’re talking about here.

Michael: No, that’s not what we’re talking about.

Megan: Then, finally, relevant. This is so important, and this is what most people forget, because relevant is all about…Is it relevant to the season of life you’re in? Does this make sense when you look at the rest of your life? People get into trouble here, especially when they’re talking about things like saving money or their health. They’re very aspirational.

They think, “I’m going to work out an hour and a half a day,” but they forget they have a 5-month-old and they’re not sleeping at night. There’s no way they can get up early enough to make that happen. Or they want to save money, but they’re in the process of completing their graduate degree and they’re living on nothing. It’s just not a relevant goal. So this is a very important check on the rest of your goals to make sure they’re appropriately relevant to your life.

Michael: Let’s talk about this habit goal about a morning routine, because you and I have very, very different morning routines that reflect where we are in our lives. For me, I get up at 5:00 in the morning, and basically my morning routine takes me until about 8:00, actually about 8:15. I have the luxury of doing that because I’m an empty nester. I have a lot of time on my hands, more or less. You’re in a very different position, so talk about yours.

Megan: Well, I have four kids and two kids who are young enough that they still need help getting ready for school in the morning, who are 8 and 10 at this recording, so I’m making lunches in the morning and checking homework and looking at folders. So my morning routine looks like having a cup of coffee, doing about a five-minute devotional, doing my planner for the day, and then I go out for a short walk. It’s about 30 minutes, maybe as much as 40 in the best-case scenario.

I don’t go to the gym, because that involves extra time to get there. I walk in my neighborhood because that makes it easier. When my kids were even younger and sleeping less reliably, it was just the coffee plus five-minute devotion. That’s all I did. The great thing about that was I realized I could get traction and be consistent almost no matter what because the bar was so low, and that got me started.

Michael: Just as an aside on a habit goal, because we distinguish in Best Year Ever between an achievement goal and a habit goal… A habit goal is something you’re wanting to install in your life that you can do over and over again, maybe for the rest of your life. The thing that is important to remember when you’re doing a habit goal, especially like exercise or devotion or something in a morning routine, is you want to set the bar low enough that you can do it when you really get busy and when you’re not as motivated.

You know how it is. I actually just started a new gym membership today. I bought some new shoes yesterday. I got all excited about going to the gym. I saw the gym, and it blew me away, and I’m thinking, “Oh my gosh! I could spend the morning here.” Well, that’s not probably going to be every morning. Probably three months from now it’s going to be very different from that. I have to set the bar low enough that it’s going to be easy to do on a consistent basis.

Megan: Consistent is better than something you can’t achieve on a regular basis.

Michael: Totally. The way I like to say it is…don’t underestimate the power of incremental change over time. If you do small actions and you do them consistently over a long period of time, they will lead to big results.

Megan: And you can build on it later. If you get consistent with something at a lower level you can always add to it later, and that’s what I’ve done with my morning routine over the years.

Michael: Excellent.

Megan: So, the three key components we’ve talked about so far are a genuine possibility, a fresh start, and an effective design. What’s the fourth?

Michael: The fourth key component is an intrinsic motivation. Everybody starts the new year with a high level of motivation. You’re pumped up. You bought your new gym shoes. You joined the gym club. Whatever it is, you’re excited about taking on the world, but that doesn’t last very long. All of us run out of gas. The reason is that we have a lack of compelling intrinsic (by that I mean internal) motivation. Here are some examples of weak motivations and then some compelling ones to fix them. You might have this motivation, “I want to get in shape.” A better motivation is, “I want energy to succeed at work.” That’s what motivates me to work out.

Megan: Way more compelling.

Michael: It’s not how I feel at the gym; it’s because of my activity at the gym how I feel the rest of the day. Here’s another one: “I want to save more.” Here would be a better motivation: “I want a beach vacation for my family.” In other words, focusing on where the saving is going to lead. Or “I want to read more.” Instead, turn that into something like, “I want to be a thought leader, and the reading is a necessary component of that.”

To be successful you have to state why. As your mother loves to say, people lose their way when they lose their why. We have to get back and connect with that why. What’s your why, and particularly, what’s at stake if you achieve it and what’s at stake if you don’t? For example, if I don’t have the energy I need to do my work… I do a lot of front-stage kind of stuff, whether it’s webinars or public speaking, like I did all last week. I need energy for that, and I can’t fake it. Actually, I can fake it a little bit…

Megan: But not for a sustained period.

Michael: …but not for a sustained period of time. I think of it as kind of the tune-up before the performance. If I don’t do that, I’m not going to be able to perform at my best. So that’s the why, and that’s the thing that keeps me going working out.

Megan: That’s really good. So, how do you keep that motivation fresh throughout the whole year? It’s one thing to feel really motivated at the beginning of the year, even if it is an intrinsic motivation, but then life gets busy and things happen. What’s the secret?

Michael: Well, one of the things I try to do on a weekly basis during my weekly preview is review my goals. I don’t just review the goals at the front of the Full Focus Planner, which is a simple list of the goals, but then I go over to the goal detail pages where I write out my three top whys for each goal. I review those, and I try to connect not just intellectually but emotionally. What I’m looking at is what’s at stake. What’s at stake if I achieve that goal, and what’s at stake if I don’t achieve that goal? I connect with that once a week and even at a deeper level, like I just did this past weekend when I was going through my quarterly preview.

Megan: A few years ago, when I was really working to install this habit of a morning ritual, I just couldn’t connect with the why. I was tired when I woke up in the morning. This was several months in. The shine had kind of worn off. It was really difficult to keep going. What I realized… You know, my life is busy with kids in the morning and a lot of other things going on. The why for me is that I need time for myself. If I’m going to be a great mom, if I’m going to be a great leader in our business, I have to have time to myself, even if it’s just a little bit. That’s critically important.

I think I was making it more about “I’m supposed to do this.” I think, honestly, what happened is I got focused on the external motivation, that this is something you do, so I should do it…that kind of thing. That’s oftentimes what happens for people. Somebody else is doing something, and they feel like they should do it. I had to come back to “This is a gift to myself. Even if no one else ever sees it, this is critical for me being at my best to start my day, and no matter what else happens I will have accomplished this.” That was very motivating for me.

Michael: I want to dive for a minute into the intrinsic versus extrinsic distinction. Probably a simpler, better way to say that is just internal versus external. Good reasons would not be “My boss wants me to do this” or “My spouse wants me to do this” or “The government wants me to do this.” You have to find your own reasons, your own internal reasons that drive you. That’s a good example what you did with your morning routine.

Even if we’re being coerced or compelled or encouraged by somebody, if we don’t dig deeper into our own internal motivation, that external one is going to wear off very quickly. In fact, it may work against us, because we resent it and start sabotaging ourselves. So, the key components so far: a genuine possibility, a fresh start, an effective design, and an intrinsic motivation. Meg, what’s the fifth?

Megan: The fifth key component is an implementation plan. One of the main reasons people fail at setting goals is they don’t have an implementation plan. Good intentions are no substitute for a sound tactical plan. For example, if you’re going to exercise, what time of day are you going to exercise? You have to put yourself in the situation and start to imagine how it’s going to happen.

How much money will you save, and will you use an automatic deposit? How will you track your progress…on a spreadsheet or a planner? When and how will you review your goals? People often don’t think about these next actions and how they’re going to make things happen, and then they get all excited, but they sort of have nowhere to go with their motivation and their desire, and it just falls flat.

Michael: I think we have to confront this present-day myth, you know, The Secret. Do you remember that book?

Megan: Oh gosh. I hate that book. Can I be honest?

Michael: Well, I actually liked it at the time, but the problem is it didn’t go far enough. It basically said you can do everything we’ve described up until this point, but you didn’t need an implementation plan, because you just have to put it out there to the universe, and you’re magically going to attract it. You know, the law of attraction and all that. There’s a certain part of that that’s true, which is why it resonated with millions of people. Plus, let’s face it. It’s a whole lot easier than doing the work.

Megan: Well, that’s the thing. Here’s what I hate about it. It’s magical thinking, and life is not magic. Life is about taking action. Certainly, you have to be inspired and you have to have clarity on your vision for what you want, but it’s not about magical thinking and just manifesting things. You have to do something.

Michael: We’re going to get mail on this. I can tell you right now.

Megan: Sorry, people.

Michael: I want people to hear what we’re not saying. There is a part of that that’s true. In other words, if you have a clear goal, that’s going to attract resources.

Megan: Absolutely.

Michael: I want to be clear. There is an element that’s true. When you have clarity about your goal, you’re going to become much more attractive to the kinds of partners you need, the kinds of resources, the investment you need to make it all work, but not in some kind of woo-woo sense or some mystical sense where the universe is going to deliver this to your doorstep. It really takes an implementation plan.

I can tell you as somebody who’s an investor, I’m looking for people who are able to execute. Anybody who can go on the Internet can find out the format to create a brilliant business plan, but to be able to create that plan and to be able to execute against that plan are two different things. You have to have an implementation plan, especially when it involves your personal goals, and that’s what we’re talking about here. We spend a lot of time on this in the Best Year Ever course and in the book Your Best Year Ever.

Megan: Also, one of the things we talk about there are activation triggers, which is a part of this implementation planning. So talk a little bit about what those are and how people can use them, especially for habit goals.

Michael: An activation trigger is basically a way that catapults you into the action you need in order to accomplish the goal. For example, one obstacle I face when I want to work out is I get up in the morning, and I’m kind of groggy. I don’t have my clothes laid out. If I can use an activation trigger where I set out my clothes the night before, then I walk into the bathroom kind of groggy, and there are my clothes. They’re already set out. That’s an activation trigger reminding me of my intention to exercise.

Megan: I do the same thing with my morning ritual. I leave my planner and my devotional book right by the chair I always sit in with my coffee, and I just know. I sit down, and it’s right there. I can’t miss it. That has been a big secret to my success. It just automates that behavior.

Today we’ve learned that New Year’s resolutions simply don’t work, but you can succeed by adding five key components to your New Year’s goals: a genuine possibility, a fresh start, an effective design, an intrinsic motivation, and an implementation plan. Before we go, I just want to remind you that you can achieve your personal goals with an effective goal strategy, and this could be your best year ever. Dad, any final thoughts?

Michael: I would embrace New Year’s resolutions as far as they go. You want to make changes this next year. You want a better year this next year than you’ve had this past year, but don’t just stop with New Year’s resolutions. Go ahead and make the effort to turn them into goals using these five key components we’ve talked about today. This is going to make them much more achievable and much more likely that you’re going to have your best year ever.

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