It’s that time of year again. 2019 has ended and 2020 is here. So, what was your New Years resolution? Was it to quit smoking? Lose weight and start a new exercise regimen? Spend more time with family and friends? Get out of debt? Or, enjoy life more? Most people have good intentions at the beginning of the New Year, but their intentions fall away after a couple of months, some, a couple of weeks! If you’re one of many who declare New Year’s resolutions, I hate to break it to you but the odds are not in your favor to stick with them. But where there’s a will, there IS a way! You CAN win the battle against the dreaded New Years Resolution villain by asking yourself 4 key questions:
1. Am I pursuing the RIGHT goal for my life/career?
I’m sure that there are many goals that you would like to accomplish, but only few of them will have the biggest impact on your life this year. Don’t fall into the trap of sticking with something that’s not authentic or not working for you simply because you don’t want to quit. Make room for the RIGHT goal – the one you will be far more likely to achieve. The goals you set in life should be used as your personal compass that will point you into the right direction – your authentic self.
2. What is the biggest obstacle to my progress?
When you set a goal you make a decision to stay committed to it. Goals are not items on your to-do list. They can’t be done overnight. Any worthwhile goal requires sustained effort and energy over a period of time. For example, if you are pursuing several goals at the same time, you are not 100% committed to any of them – that’s an obstacle. Although it may seem like a good idea to divide your focus, time and energy between several small goals, in reality it’s counter-productive – that’s an obstacle. Identify the things that are impeding your progress.
3. What can I do to alleviate that obstacle?
If you want to noticeably increase your odds of success – plan specific actions that will lead you to your desired end, all while overcoming any obstacles. By having a workable solution for each obstacle, you have just set up the right conditions that will allow success to inevitably happen!
The only moment you have to change or do something different is NOW!
4. When I look back a year from now, what will I wish I had done?
This question forces you to recognize the magnitude of the opportunity before you. What do you want your legacy to be?
When a goal seems too difficult to accomplish, we often procrastinate, preferring to postpone hard work for later. The problem is that “later” may never come. Don’t let a single day go by without “incrementally” adding to an accomplishment of your goal. Begin to develop a champion’s standard of living!
Until next time…Change your life, change your legacy!