Can you believe it's that time of year already. As we wind down 2017 and usher in 2018 it's time to look a head and set some New Year's resolutions. Whether you accomplished everything you set out to do in 2017 or not a new year means you get another shot. I don't know about you but I'm going after everything I want in 2018 just as I did in 2017.
Did I miss the mark on a few of my resolutions from last year? Absolutely, but I also achieved some amazing things that I would not have, if I hadn't taken the time to dream big. So here we are going into 2018 and I'm dreaming even bigger this year and I encourage you to do the same. Today's show was partly inspired by an article from www.forbes.com .
7 Keys to Keeping Your New Years Resolution in 2018
Key #1: Be Crystal Clear - When it comes to setting goals this is one area that many people need help with, including yours truly.
Key #2: Can't Measure What You Don't Track - As state above the M in S.M.A.R.T. goals stands for measurable. In the words of my mentor Brian Beane "You can't measure what you don't track!" In order to make the proper course corrections along the way to your journey, you absolutely have to track your progress. Otherwise how can you ever know if you've gotten off track are if you've already hit the mark. Too many times we resolve to do something and don't track the results.
Key #3: Reaching Your Goals Requires the 5 "P's" - You're going to need a heavy dose of the 5 "P's" to keep your resolutions. Perseverance, persistence, patience, permission to fail & procrastination (stop it). You will get knocked down on your way to fulfilling you new years resolution and you're gonna have to persevere. Before you get knocked as well as after you get up there will be things that constantly pick at you, distract you and test your resolve, you have to persist and keep moving forward. While success isn't built in a day, it is built daily! You're gonna have to be patient! You want success badly, I get it, but allow your efforts to compound. As long as you're taking daily actions, you'll get there.
Permission to fail is a big on that most people miss. Don't beat yourself up when you fail. No I'm not saying you'll ultimately fail at your goal but I can promise there will be little failures along the way. Give yourself permission to experience the fullness of those little setbacks so that you can learn from them and get better. It's sulking over these little failures that cause most people to quit on the bigger mission. Know that these things will happen, try to anticipate them and create contingency plans for them but above all don't be defeated by them.
Finally STOP PROCRASTINATING!
Key #4: Go Public - It can be tough to deal with the ridicule of family and friends sometimes when you're trying to accomplish something. Especially if they don't believe in you or the think your goal is too big. People love to superimpose their limitations onto others and that's why they tend to have only negative things to say to and about people that aspire to greatness. They are basically saying if you even attempt to accomplish something great it will shine a light on my lack of ambition. Don't let these people play mind games with you because they don't have the mental capacity to dream big.
With that being said, you have to go public with your New Year's Resolution. You're gonna need someone to hold you accountable, someone to encourage you and yes someone to hate on you. Going public is the only way to find the right people to do all of those things for you. For the most part you won't get all of these levels of support in the same person. Yes, haters are also your supporters. Remember, haters only have one job, that's to make you better. So let even your haters know what you're goals are so you can use their hater tactics as motivation to push through.
Key #5: Plan Plot & Strategize - Yet another big mistake made by Resolutionists, is that even a word lol. They never plan. In fact they treat there resolution as if failure is a foregone conclusion. Sometimes they even say them with a smirk as to say that which is being proposed is a mere fantasy and is impossible for them to accomplish. However, if you're serious about your resolution for 2018, prove it. Devise a plan to actually achieve it. That's the difference between a goal and a wish...a plan. Once you've laid out your resolution for 2018 with clarity, work backwards from them to devise a plan of action.
Break the plan up into daily actionable steps that can be measured and charted. Again success isn't created in a day but it is created daily. A bunch of tiny actions with a singular focal point in mind compound over days, weeks, months and even years is how success is created. Your new years resolution for 2018 should be part of an even bigger vision & plan. As they say the path to every destination begins with a single step. Your resolution has NO validity until there is an actionable plan in place.
Key #6: Make Time for It - Time management is something that I've struggled with all my life and I know I'm not alone. If you're going to keep your resolution you're going to have to make time for it. Yep, actually put your daily action steps on your calendar. One of the things that I'm implementing now is a daily "To Do List." Every night before I lay down, I gather my family for 15 minutes or so to help me put my list together. The family is important as I need to know if they have an expectations of me for the coming day and I need to write that down. By default I'm teaching them this little time management hack as well. I get everything needed down on a piece of paper then I prioritize it into my calendar for the next day.
This not only helps me be more productive but it also helps me keep a running tally of my progress. For every task that doesn't get completed goes on the list for the next day. When too many tasks go unfinished from the previous day it causes me to reflect on how I spent my time and whether or not I really want to achieve a particular outcome.
Key #7 - Give Someone Permission to Hold You Accountable - People say the reason they hold their goals to themselves is because they don't want anyone to steal their ideas when in truth they don't want to be held accountable. If you're going to be successful at keeping your 2018 new year's resolution, you have to give someone permission to hold you accountable. Someone other than you must know the details of your plan, the actionable steps and time frames for which you intend to accomplish your goals. It's only then can they truly hold you accountable and call you to task. I like the idea of an accountability team. Not just one person but a group of people that you'll need to answer to when you start slacking. Again, you want family members, friends and even haters to know what your goals are, as they all serve as different types of motivation and inspiration.
Follow these 7 Keys and you'll be able to Keep your New Year's Resolution for 2018.
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