I love New Years and New Years resolutions (I make a lot of resolutions/goals). I’ve been reading on social media about how that resolutions don’t work, or saying those people setting them aren’t going to really accomplish anything.
I assume that could be true- I don’t hit all of my goals every year, so it makes sense that other people would not hit theirs. But I do have a good amount of success in this area as well and this is what helps me…
1. Commit. Don’t be wishy washy. Don’t say maybe. Say I’m going to do it and nothing is going to stop me. Write it down!
2. Answer Why. Why is this important? Why are you going to do it? Is this going to greatly improve your life or your family’s lives? The longer your list of “why’s” the more likely you are to hit your mark!
3. Be Accountable. Have a coach, a partner, a class, or just someone in your life who isn’t going to let you off the hook. Don’t tell EVERYONE (the negative ppl don’t need to know), but don’t just keep your goal to yourself. Tell a few of the right people so you have to live up to your word.
4. Be disciplined with your schedule. Showing up is the hard part. It’s easy to let things creep into the time you were supposed to be working on your goal. Block off your schedule.
When other things come up you can say, “I’m sorry, but I have an appointment scheduled at that time. Could we do it at this time instead?” You’re not making this up, it’s on your calendar. You have an appointment with yourself, partner, class, or coach! An appointment to work towards your goal!
5. Remember: if it was easy, everyone would do it. What are you willing to sacrifice?
I have a friend working 50+ hours a week, with a family at home, who has been quietly chipping away at an MBA for 2.5 years on the weekends. He’s sacrificing a lot- his family is sacrificing a lot. Sacrificing time together, time with friends, time to relax, not to mention the money!
But they’re doing it because what the results could mean for them. What could accomplishing your goals mean for you and your family? If you say “not much,” you aren’t aiming high enough!
Finally… if you made it this far reading, I’ll let you in on a secret. You can do all of the things listed above, you can give it all you got, and still come up short. Still fail. What do you do then?
Take an assessment of where you are. If you followed the steps above I can guarantee you’ve made progress. What went right? Where can you improve? You got knocked down, now it’s time to dust yourself off and start again. “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Wishing you a great 2019!
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