New Year’s resolutions are for Losers!
Winners set goals!
It’s that time of year…
I want to talk about something that really works.
New Year’s resolutions don’t work.
Research indicates about half are broken before the end of January and 90% by Valentine’s day.
You are above New Year’s resolutions! You are a goal directed high achiever!
New Year’s resolutions are often vague…
“handle money better”
Virtually no value at all.
Unless an intention is specific enough to drive action steps and allows someone to hold you accountable then there is no value.
Research shows they don’t work.
If there is no plan or process in place to follow through then you will tend to keep on doing the same thing you have always done. And you will get the same results you always have.
So what works?
Here is why:
Goals tell your brain what to notice and what to pay attention to.
Once you have a properly formulated goal, you start seeing opportunities and noticing things that you otherwise would not have noticed.
Because you notice these things, you take action.
And because you take action, you reach your goal.
The more specific your goal the more activated that awareness becomes.
We all have goals…
Our brain interprets whatever we think about the most as a goal.
It’s kind of scary, but it’s true.
Whatever we dwell upon gets interpreted as a goal.
It could be something negative or wanting to get away from.
It could be a flaw or something you are worried about.
You have to be careful about what you are thinking about.
With your goals, I want you to…
- Clarify what you want.
- Why you want it.
- What are the action steps?
I tell my clients to “THINK HUGE”
I challenge them to set goals that they do not know how to achieve.
You want your goals to be big and meaningful.
little goals = little motivation
Big goals = Big motivation
Set Big goals if you want Big motivation.
Because little goals don’t produce a big reward, you can become demotivated.
Set goals for all key areas of life.
- Faith/ Spiritual Life
- Marriage/ Relationship
After you set your goal…
You develop a plan of action.
Identify why you want it.
Identify potential obstacles. What are the things in your way that might slow you down?
Layout checkpoints and milestones. Figure out where you should be at each checkpoint.
Use the feedback at each checkpoint to course correct and stay on track.
Rewrite your goals daily.
Rewrite your top 3-5 goals, by hand, every day.
Write them in sentence form and include the date.
Ex. “By December 31, 2020, I …… “
Lay out very specifically what you want to accomplish.
Re-write the goal as if you writing it for the first time.
Look at and review your goals throughout the day.
Invite accountability from a like-minded individual.
Identify people you trust and respect and share those 3-5 goals with them.
Check-in on each other to make sure you are staying on track.
In 2020… Don’t be a cliche New Year’s resolution setter… Be a goal directed, high performance individual.
Your Success Blesses Others.