Oh, another year is upon us. More New Year’s Resolutions: eat better, exercise more, lose weight, read more and on and on and on.
Did you keep all your resolutions from last year? Did you accomplish everything you set out to in 2013?
If not, did you write those resolutions (they’re actually goals) down? (Uh oh, Butch is on his “write your goals down kick again”)
The BEST way to give yourself the greatest chance of achieving all you want to achieve and all you’re capable of achieving is to WRITE IT DOWN. It’s really not that hard, but there are some strategies that will help you along the way.
Make a brief list of 4 or 5 things you REALLY want to accomplish in 2014. Let’s assume one of your resolutions is to lose 20lbs.
The WORST thing you can do is write down: “I want to lose 20lbs”
You are staring at some very negative thoughts there: “want” “lose” “20lbs”.
A much better way to craft that sentence is, “I WILL exercise three times a week EVERY week.”
Now, look at the difference.
Everything about that is POSITIVE. “I WILL is so much better than I want”, isn’t it? The word exercise is positive—lose is negative.
For the sake of your resolutions (read goals), back into them. Instead of writing down the finished product—which can be daunting (I want to write a book). Back into what it would take for you to actually accomplish them and make THAT your resolution—I’ll write a minimum of 45 minutes each day.
That is MUCH more palatable and attainable. Obviously the end result would be a book (or those 20lbs), but break it down and make your resolution what you can do NOW.
Five years ago I quit smoking after 25+ years. For one, I was ready to quit—I think that is the main key—you have to be ready to accomplish your goal or see your resolution through. But, instead of approaching it as, “I’ll NEVER SMOKE ANOTHER CIGARETTE”, which at the time would’ve terrified me, I simply said, “I’m not going to smoke today.”
Guess what? I could do that. I could make it through a day. I’ll handle tomorrow, tomorrow.
Make 2014 a spectacular year for you and your business.
-Write it down.
-Make it positive.
-Back into what you want to achieve.
-Have a burning desire to really see it through.
Best of luck in 2014. I know it’s going to be a great year for you!