In the past few days, as I was wishing everyone “Happy New Year,” I was also asking many of my friends and family members about their New Year Resolutions. I was shocked to hear that most had no resolution at all, as – according to them – “New Year Resolutions don’t work!”
Wow! I guess the older we get the more cynical we become.. or was I the one who still believes in silly things like New Year Resolutions!? Interestingly enough, though, most of my New Year Resolutions worked. I stuck with my workouts. I did start to speak in public (against my total phobia of it) and made a career out of it in the process. I even enrolled in a series of dancing classes and now I can almost dance like Fred Astaire 🙂 .
What makes the difference? Why do some New Year Resolutions fail while others are brought to fruition…?
For starters, instead of calling it a “New Year Resolution,” maybe you can call it a “Commitment to a Life-Transforming Goal” – or call it whatever you want; but do take a few minutes of introspection and commit to some great things for 2019.
Setting a New Year Resolution is not only a time to just make up a silly wish that we abandon in a few weeks, after feeling guilty for not doing anything about; but it’s also a time for reflection and revision of your actions… where those actions are taking you… and what actions you’ll take to end up exactly where you want to end up…
Set Goals that Get You Excited and Fired Up
Start by choosing goals that have deep meaning to you – goals that you know would make a tremendous impact on your life and the lives of those around you… OR perhaps even make an impact in your community, or even way beyond your community.
Once you set a goal that has a deep meaning to you, understand that you need a plan of action behind it and deep commitment to it. Once you have these, you’ll make this year one of your most successful ones ever.
Here is a seven-step process that will help you choose the right Goals for the New Year and will help you Transform those Goals into Reality.
7 Steps to Transforming Your Goals into Reality
1. Take a Minute of Introspection: What Did You Accomplish This Past Year?
Make a list of your main accomplishments from 2018. Starting your planning session with the positives from the past year will help get you into a better frame of mind. If you can see that you’ve accomplished a lot of what you set out to accomplish, it will give you the driving force to keep going with some of those goals that may still lie just out of reach.
Or maybe you accomplished some things that you didn’t even plan to accomplish, but your passion or some other “forces” took you in those directions. Either way, congratulate yourself… AND ask yourself “Am I on the right path? Are these the types of goals I want to accomplish…?”
2. What Did NOT Go Well Last Year?
More than likely you set some goals that you didn’t achieve. It’s good to look at those items and try to determine why you didn’t reach them. Were they realistic goals? Did you make a good enough plan to ensure you met each goal? Did you make too many other goals so that you simply did not have enough time?
3. Make a Short List of Things You’d Like to Accomplish in the Coming Year
Now make a short list of no more than five things you’d like to accomplish this coming year. You might pick something you’ve already been succeeding at that you want to continue for the New Year, or you might choose some things from the list that did not get accomplished. You may also choose to add completely new items to the list.
4. Make a List of Things You’re Going to Stop Doing
One reason some New Year’s goals aren’t accomplished is lack of time. Therefore, you need to make room for the new goals. This requires that you make a list of things you’re Not going to do anymore that will give you time for the new goals.
Identify your time thieves and use the newly-found time for your most important goals. Remember, time is ticking and you can reach 40, 50, 60… or older, and be able to look back at all the great things you accomplished; OR you can inch towards the end of the “finish line” filled with regrets.
Identify where your time is used unproductively and get rid of them! E’hm! Keep in mind that this does not include time with your kids and significant other… instead, ensure that you maintain balance. Make it a Win-Win-Win for all involved.
5. Refine Your To-Do List with Real Plans of Action
In this step you’ll take your list and prioritize it, narrowing down the list to one or two things you really and truly want to accomplish this year. Start with the End in mind, then moving backwards, make a plan of actions you need to take each day to actually achieve your goals.
Some great FREE Tools to Plan and Keep Track of your action steps and progress are www.Trello.com and www.MindMeister.com . Not only will you be able to plan out your action-steps in detail, but you also get great satisfaction from watching your progress.
6. Hire a Coach or Buddy Up with a Like-Minded Goal-Achiever
If you are serious about your goal – and why wouldn’t you be, right? – then Hire a Coach to support you and hold you accountable. Or buddy up with someone who has a similar goal and strong drive, and commit to meet weekly to hold each other accountable.
The benefit of hiring a coach is that you get a committed professional on your side who’ll hold you accountable week after week (and in-between) to help you transform your goal into reality. And if you are working on a business goal – and hire a business or marketing coach – you’ll also benefit from the professional guidance of your coach. A great place to find a Life Coach, Business Coach, or other professional coach is www.myCoachingCenter.com.
7. Put Everything in Your Calendar
No plans will happen if they’re not down on paper or a digital calendar. Each step you need to take should be in the calendar. That way, any given day when you wake up in the morning, you simply look at the calendar and find out what you need to do. You don’t need to even focus on the end result, only what you are doing today or this hour.
This is a crucial step, and if you make this one a part of your life – an ingrained habit – nothing will stop you from achieving any of your worthy goals!
Implement these seven steps and surprise yourself and those around you by showing them that New Year Resolutions do work… when you set your mind to it.
Remember, it’s all about narrowing down what really matters, create a course of action for each goal, and then scheduling everything for success.
Have fun with it…. and in a few months, let me know if these steps helped 🙂
E.G. Sebastian, a veteran entrepreneur of 20+ years, is the founder of myClientAttractionAcademy.com, amazon best-selling author, and an international speaker (speaks 6 languages). E.G. specializes primarily in helping coaches, consultants, speakers, authors and service-business owners put in place all the elements needed to business success, with a focus on helping clients get massive visibility for their business and convert that visibility into paying clients.