92% of New Years resolutions fail, let’s find success like the elite 8%.
I’ve never been great at keeping New Year’s resolutions—maybe you can relate? Whether it’s promising to exercise more often or be ahead of the game with several blog posts in the hopper…come February I’m back to moving less and taking too much time to write for my blog.
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But 2018 will be different (really!). I’m here to help you realize that setting and keeping resolutions doesn’t have the be a hopeless pursuit.
With smaller, more realistic goals, you’re likely to succeed. As you achieve your smaller goals, you’ll gain the motivation for continued success. A sense of accomplishment will give you the confidence needed to succeed with future goals and resolutions.
Do it now. These are three of the most powerful words you can use to increase your productivity. Whenever you find yourself procrastinating on an important task, repeat to yourself, with energy and enthusiasm, “Do it now!” The amazing discovery is that after you have repeated these words ten, twenty, or even a hundred times, you will find yourself unconsciously impelled to stay on your most important task and complete that job before you do anything else.
I am going to take a walk around the park after school drop off and break down my blog tasks into steps. Step 1: brainstorm post ideas Step 2: outline the post etc…
Henry Ford once wrote, “Any goal can be achieved if you break it down into enough small parts.”
If You Want to Succeed, Here Are 5 Things You Need to Do Differently this year.
1. Clearly define your goals. Many people in the spirit of New Year’s loudly proclaim, “This is the year I’m going to finally get in shape.” But what does that mean? Do you want to lose 5 lbs, be able to run 3 miles or eat healthy and move your body.
When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals.
2. The most important part of success in life is: Get Started.
For the many people who take their quest for success seriously, they can get caught up in looking for a “perfect” strategy in reaching their goals.The truth is, there is never a perfect time to do anything, and there is no such thing as a perfect strategy. Too many people wait until things are “perfect” or until they are completely confident in themselves. They are paralyzed by fear. They worry about the judgment of others; about public embarrassment if they fail. Don’t. Set your sights on your future and what you want to acheive. Start walking toward your Shangri-la ; you can figure out the details as you go. Do it now.
3. Announce your goals to family and friends
4. Put it on your calendar
Leave nothing to chance. Don’t wing it. Be deliberate about setting up a time for the things you want to “make real” in your life. We all choose to spend our time the way we do—whether that’s eating junk food or going to a spin class. Make your new goals a priority and actually schedule them into your calendar. Scheduling appointments is the most powerful, destiny fulfilling action you can take to achieve all that you are looking for.
5. Ditch the ‘all-or-nothing’ mindset
I am definately guilty of this one! Do you ever think, “Well, I might as well eat this snack since I already ate that pizza?” and then “I will just start tomorrow”. I now instad of thinking “I blew it”. I will hold myself accountable and track ALL the calories so I can see the damage, which stops me in my tracks. When I realize that if I stop now, major damage has not been done and I can correct my actions. A benefit to that action is that I won’t live in the negative self talk that ultimately follows because I feel empowered by taking action. The difference between doing something rather than nothing is huge. If you don’t have a full hour to workout at the gym, just decide to make it the best 20-minutes you can. If you have a financial emergency and can’t save your full 10% this month, just save what you can. The bottom line is, any effort towards your goal is better than no effort.
You might also be interested in Why exercise is not the key to weight loss.
Whatever it is you want in your life, start walking. Put one foot in front of another and get started. As you sit here, your life is passing you by. Time, unlike money, cannot be stored. Once squandered, it runs through your fingers never to return. It’s about developing the right skills and strategies that, with patience, will lead to success. Figure out what’s top on your list . . . and do it now.
These are perhaps the most powerful words you can use to increase your productivity. Whenever you find yourself procrastinating on an important task, repeat to yourself, with energy and enthusiasm, “Do it now!”
Keep these 5 secrets in mind in 2018, and you’ll join the elite 8% who will be celebrating their success later in the year.
Have you been successful with your New Year’s resolutions? Please comment and tell us how!