Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Happy New Year!! The ball dropped and put an end to 2011, giving us all a fresh start in 2012. Millions of people closed their eyes and promised themselves that this year would be different. “This year I will lose that spare 20 pounds I’ve been carrying around.” “This year, I’ll work hard and get that promotion at work.” “This year, I’ll focus to improve myself and read more. No more wasting my time in front of the television.”
Today, the date is January 4, and most of those resolutions have already been forgotten. Why is it that so many people make promises to themselves, and then they give up so easily? Well, life is busy, work can be hectic, and bad habits are not easy to break! Unless we truly focus on our new goals, they are simply not going to happen.
Give Yourself a Chance
It’s only the 4th day of January, but even if you’ve already blown your New Year’s Resolution, don’t give up! I’m going to give you the tools to hit your goals and fulfill all of your dreams!
First of all, most of us are not auditory learners. If someone tells you their name, how long does it take before you forget it? About 2 seconds? But, what if you see someone’s name on their name tag? Chances are, you’re going to remember their name for at least a few minutes, if not for the whole evening!
Since many of us are educationally stimulated by either a visual image or a hands-on project, don’t just tell yourself your goal, write them down and paint yourself a picture for your “why”!
Write Your Goals Down and Look At Them Every Day
I don’t know exactly what it is, but something happens when you write your goals down on a piece of paper. Seeing your goals down on paper makes them so much more real and finite (I actually post mine on my website for everyone to see). If you want to improve your odds on these goals, tell someone about them (preferably someone you trust). This will give you even more incentive to accomplishing those aspirations.
Paint a Picture of Those Dreams
Now, I suppose you could literally paint a picture of your dreams, but that’s not really what I mean. Hopefully you have goals written down on paper, but you’ll never hit these goals unless you have a reason why. Once you know the reason, find a representation of that reason and make a collage. For instance, maybe you want to increase your revenue by $10,000 this year so you can afford that boat you’ve been drooling over for the past 10 years. Find a picture of that boat and post it where you can see it. Make sure you always keep your “why” in front of you. If you don’t, your goals will naturally dissolve, and you’ll have no incentive to bring them back to life.
To illustrate this with an example, many of you may know that my wife and I are planning on paying off our house in 4 years. Just recently though, when I asked my wife why we were doing this, she really couldn’t come up with a reason why (obviously, this plan was my idea). Since we are a team, if my wife really doesn’t have a reason why, she’s not going to be all gung-ho about paying off the house. Distractions such as manicures, trinkets, and new clothes will become a stumbling block in achieving our goal. Does that make sense? Always have a reason why!
Do you have goals for 2012? Do you have a reason why?
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