I’m not big on New Years Resolutions, but I am a HUGE fan of having any reason to better yourself. Check out these statistics…Only 8% of us will accomplish our New Years Resolution (i.e. Goals of personal betterment) this year! That’s a bit of a bummer, but I think there’s a way we can increase that % or at least make sure you’re part of the 8%, –if- you’ve got the desire for change this coming year! It’s -all- related to GOAL SETTING and here’s why…
If we set our goals and we fail to reach them, it’s because of 1 of 2 reasons: Our PRIORITIES are out of whack, or the Goal isn’t IMPORTANT enough to us to incite the consistent action needed to achieve them.
The one equalizer we all have in this world is TIME. I’m sure we’ve all heard the story about the jar, golf balls, sand and beer, right? If not, make a point to read it. If we ALLOW our life to be filled with all the miniscule things (time wasters) before the our priorities, there’s no room (time) for anything else. We then find ourselves with the most often used cop-out of I DON’T HAVE THE TIME.
If you really think about what you’re allowing yourself to spend your time on every day, you really don’t have the time to focus on things that are MOST IMPORTANT to you?
Here’s an exercise that may help you MAKE THE TIME and STAY ON TRACK for what’s most important to you, -IF- you want it:
1) FIND A QUIET PLACE AND PRIORITIZE THE THINGS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU. Write them down. Also question yourself why you have them in that order. I challenge you to ask yourself, “Ok, without this, could I do, have or be that?” For example, let’s say your HEALTH (both mind and body). We often put things like our kids, job, or something else over our health. Let me ask, without your health, how good are you to any of those things? Is something like watching a couple of hours of TV a night really more important than _______? You fill in the blank.
2) WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS. Use this acronym when forming your goals: S.M.A.R.T. They must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Have these goals posted where you can see them and reflect on them when you wake up and before you go to bed. With a consistent reminder, it will help keep you moving in the right direction.
3) VISUALIZE YOURSELF ATTAINING THESE GOALS. I know this sounds a little hokey, but often times it’s our own fear of the unknown, how it may change us, or even thinking we don’t DESERVE success which is holding us back. Every day, visualize your “NEW YOU” and how your life will be different WHEN (not if) you achieve them. Our thoughts are extremely powerful and can either empower you or hold you back.
4) BE ACTIVE, EAT RIGHT, DRINK LOTS OF WATER and READ. Whatever goals and changes we are striving for, they’ll require us to be effective, mentally and physically. Without the right fuel, our engines won’t run well, right? We must fuel our body and mind. Getting your blood flowing every day, drinking at least 64 oz of water a day, and eating a healthy diet of plenty of fruits and vegetables will help your brain and body function. Reading something every day will help you stay sharp, learn new things and reading positive, motivational books can even help improve self-esteem.
5) STAY POSITIVE. It’s easy to let the naysayers, dream-stealers or even ourselves, shine light on the negative. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing,” said Aristotle. That’s no way to live. Sure there’s plenty of bad stuff out there, plenty of excuses to fail, plenty of reason to remain in your comfort zone, but will dwelling on that really help us at all? Don’t worry about possibly striking out…Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth sure as heck didn’t! Surround yourself with positive, happy people and block out as much negativity as much as possible. Turn off the TV and skip the news. Reward yourself for each step you make closer to your goal. Focus on the positive every day. There are millions of people in this world that would gladly switch places with you – be thankful for everything you have and strive to make the best of it!
COMMIT TO THESE 5 STEPS and I’m sure it’s will help you reach your goals! Are there any I missed that have worked well for you?? If so, please share below!
Promise yourself the best in 2013 and let’s make it a GREAT YEAR!