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New Year Resolutions In Action
January 03, 2020
Week 1 – Get a System that Works
Well, now that the festivities and celebrations of Christmas and New Year are over, it’s time to knuckle down and take your resolutions seriously.
But before we get into it, here are some sobering facts. In the upcoming year, the average person will:
1. Break their resolutions by the end of January.
2. Only make the same amount of money as the average of their last 5 year's total income.
3. Gain 2 pounds of body fat.
4. Struggle with the same habits, patterns, and behaviours that they always have.
5. Get to the end of the year and have made very little progress in their life.
The fact is, it’s people who are outside of the "norm" that really do anything significant with their lives.
And it has nothing to do with luck or fate or genetics. The fact is, success "can" be reverse engineered and reproduced. You don't have to accept what everyone else is getting or doing - but you must make a few new choices.
Suppose you decided today - right now - that you're finally making a REAL commitment to turn your dreams into actions... your goals into achievements... AND your resolutions into reality.
It can happen... but you've got to take the first step.
Now, in the last few newsletters of last year, I asked you to think about what you really want from your life and take that first step in setting and achieving goals. Over the next few weeks I’m going to give you some advice on how you can improve your chances of achieving success.
And my first bit of advice is … find a goal setting system that works for you.
The truth of the matter is that goal setting is just a process, a simple process at that. But there are some traps and pitfalls you want to avoid, and some tips and tools that can make the process a whole lot easier.
That’s what a goal setting system does – makes your goals setting journey easier, which means you enjoy the journey more and are more likely to succeed. Anyway, here is one program you can try:
Life Planning Program The Life Planning Program is a workbook style program that you can work through at your own pace, and is supported by practical tools, templates and assessments – and it’s all FREE!
The program is based on helping you to identify what you really want out of life and how you can achieve it by understanding how your own unique personality, strengths and weaknesses affect your ability to set and achieve goals. The program then uses the industry accepted method of setting SMART goals, and shows you how to develop action plans to achieve these goals.
The program is very in depth for something that’s free, but because it’s free, it’s not very pretty in parts!
And don’t forget, you can try one or more of the following FREE resources to help you on your journey:
There’s also an article below on “Top 10 Steps to Chasing your Dreams in the New Year”.
So until next week, resolve to make this year the best year of your life!
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Top 10 Steps to Chasing your Dreams in the New YearMost| people are not very successful in pursuing their dreams or New Year's Resolutions, but it can be done. The question is “how”? Here are 10 steps you can take so you can chase YOUR dreams and desires into the new year.
1. Recognize and celebrate your achievements I’m sure last year wasn’t a complete waste of your time, so sit down and reflect on the last twelve months and what you have achieved. And write them down. Achievements can include things like “I was less stressed by….”, or “I had more ‘me’ time”, as well as the more tangible successes of wealth and career.
Once you have your list, take some time to bask in the glory of the list and take pride in your accomplishments. You deserve it. We often take our achievements for granted, yet this is a key step in having the confidence to take on new challenges.
2. Determine your dreams and goals for this year Create about 5 short, specific statements about what you really want to achieve in life, and in the next year. Write down a short paragraph on what it will be like when you have accomplished each of these goals. Be as descriptive as you can. Put this information somewhere you can easily get to it and read it to keep you motivated to achieve your goals.
3. Identify the key steps you need to take in the next 3 months For each of your goals, determine the action steps you need to take to achieve them. Work on a 3 month timescale, as any longer is looking too far into the future. You can always adjust you steps if needed and identify new ones for the next 3 months.
And more importantly, identify the first step you need to take to start your journey towards your dream goal.
4. Commit to your plan It is easy to get distracted by life, but if you really want to achieve the goals you set at the in Step 2, you need to commit to your plan and understand that the action steps in Step 3 are your priority if you are to achieve the life you really want.
5. Get support You will be a lot more successful and productive in progressing towards your goals if you have support. Emotional support from a friend or family member and technical support from a diary or daily, planner to make sure you don’t forget your action steps.
6. Take action This is the most important step of all. Take that first step, then the second and so on. Once you start making progress, no matter how small, your confidence and enthusiasm will begin to grow too.
7. Track your progress This may be on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, just choose what's right for you and your goal. The key here is to keep track of you wins and losses, learn from your experiences (and mistakes) and keep looking for that next step to take to keep you moving towards your goal.
8. Don’t stress At times, you may feel overwhelmed with everything you want to achieve. But don’t stress about it and be kind to yourself. Step by step you will get there, but things take time. Try not set yourself too many tasks to start with until you get into a good habit of completing action steps.
9. Celebrate your successes It is very important to celebrate your achievements as you complete a goal, or make progress towards an end result. Choose to celebrate in a way that you will appreciate, and doesn’t take away from what you’ve accomplished.
10. Repeat If you have chosen some big goals and dreams, you may not fully achieve them in the first 3 months, so just repeat the above process and identify what you need to do in the next 3 months to continue to work towards your goal.
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