What are you going to do in 2017? Well, ‘tis that time of year again. Time for setting goals and resolutions.
You either feel a renewed sense of energy, drive and focus for the next 365 days, or you feel exhausted just thinking about it.
A couple of reminders so you won’t fall into the same pattern of giving up on your New Year’s resolution by the end of the month.
5 tips to succeed:
- Choose only one or two realistic goals.
- Break them down into manageable pieces that you can follow on a daily and weekly basis.
- Get a partner or a friend to do it with.
- Keep in mind that “In order to do something you’ve never done before, you’ve got to become someone you’ve never been before” – Les Brown. Which means; change your negative thoughts, and your limiting beliefs.
- Ask why? Why is this goal important to achieve?
Let’s look into number five for a moment. A lot of New Year’s resolutions are about losing weight, going back to the gym or quitting smoking.
Did you ever ask yourself why you chose that resolution? Because everyone else is doing it? Because everyone in your life is pressuring you to do it? What is the real “why” behind it? If your answer is; “I’m not sure”, then forget the whole thing. Don’t waste your time or energy and trying to achieve that goal, because you won’t.
The goal you set your mind to for 2017 has to have a strong, non negotiable answer to the question: Why that goal?. We often wait until we are cornered to pick a goal. For example: if I don’t lose weight, I will die. If I don’t lose weight, I wont be able to play with my kids, etc. Why do we wait until it’s almost too late? It’s because of leverage.
In order to succeed at your goal, you need leverage. So the answer to the question “Why?” will give you that leverage. It will bring you to that place you need to be at in order to not back down, not give up and continue towards your goal no matter what. So as a resolution this year, why don’t you find that leverage before you are cornered or forced to. Give yourself that one gift for 2017.
Once you find the real heartfelt reason to your “Why?” and that leverage, you’re 80% closer to achieving your goal. The last 20% is all about planning, including planning on how you will deal with the challenges that will come your way.
Have fun, and do not forget: it’s the journey that counts.