HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE (albeit a little belated :))
And with the new year comes new beginnings – a chance to turn a new page, turn over a new leaf, be different, start over, achieve more etc. etc. etc. I am astonished this time of year to see how many negative comments there are about new year resolutions – “they never last longer than 2 weeks anyway and then just make you feel guilty” is a common one and HOW SAD! Yes, I suppose the resolution that says “I am going to gym every day of the week for the rest of the year” is a little over the top, but what about resolutions that aim generally for better health, more fitness, more friends, happier lifestyle, less stress, achievement – oh the list can go on! Why be cynical about these?
So I guess my post here is about resolutions, or better put, goals – and how we can actually stick to them and achieve!
The first step is having the dream. Is it health, fitness, money, an entrepreneurial venture, a more fulfilling relationship – anything? We cant get anywhere without these and the start of a new year brings with it a certain type of freshness and inspiration so use it!
Now comes the important part – once you have your dream / idea you have to break it up into smaller, achievable goals. Yes, make a real plan of exactly how you are going to go about achieving it. This is absolutely vital and I think where most forgotten and discarded resolutions go – they were not clearly defined and there wasnt a quick enough sense of achievement to provide incentive. You know how it is – go on a diet and lose a kilo, suddenly you are way more motivated to continue eating dry provitas than last week. Lose another kilo and you”re happy to eat just salad 🙂 that’s how results / achievements motivate us. So in the same sense, break your dream up into smaller chunks that are then set as achievable goals.
An example: Ok imagine Sue’s dream is to be more fit. Thats great! Now, what does that mean? Will she be competing in triathlons? or does she simplywant to be able to walk up the hill without losing her breath? She decides that “being more fit” means a triathlon and she has 7 months to achieve this. Now she asks herself what she needs to do to get there – join a running club, start cycling and do some swimming at the gym. She might even say that by the end of March she would like to be able to swim 50 lengths without hesitation and cycle 5 kilometres easily. Now she will break it down even further and ask herself how she will go about achieving that – here she might set a very specific training schedule in order to achieve it. In this way she can monitor her success week by week and see progress or areas that need improvement. The more she succeeds or gets closer to her dream, the more motivated she will be.
So, in the same way, you want to take your resolution / goal / dream and make sure that you have set some clearly defined and achievable steps in getting there. Your smaller goals need to be within a time frame to add a little healthy pressure and make them measurable so that you are better able to gauge your successes.
As you achieve each little success – give yourself a well deserved pat on the back – be proud, reward and then move on to the next step knowing you can do it! Thats the recipe right there and its really simple.
Till next time remember:
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.
Paul J. Meyer