Happy New Year! With the new year comes a fresh opportunity to reset, refocus and recommit to your goals. Do you have any New Year Resolutions? I think we all know the statistics. Most do give up on their goals within the first few weeks of the new year.
Here are a few simple things that you can do to increase your odds of achieving all of your goals in 2020.
Start With Why
Having a clear reason why you want to achieve your goals will motivate you through the challenges and push you to step out of your comfort zone. From there, take the time to define and breakdown what you want in the next 12 weeks, 6 months and year. Often times, people fail early on because they set out to do too much at once.
It’s important to think about your goals both in the short term and long term so that you can break down the activities you need to do to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. And don’t forget to celebrate small successes throughout your journey.
Create Small Habits
To be successful at anything in life, you must be consistent. Consistency will outrun bursts of intensity every time. To be consistent with the right activities, break down your goals down into bite-sized pieces so you know exactly what it will take to achieve them. From there, you can develop a standard operating procedure for how you will improve and implement the things to that will create the good habits.
Does your daily routine contain achievable steps? Are you measuring, monitoring, adjusting and controlling your activities? Are you remaining consistent? It won’t be possible until it’s habitual! Make a clear daily routine and commit to it.
Pay Attention to your Mindset
For as cliché as this sounds, your attitude determines your altitude. Your mindset is arguably the most important determining factor of your success because it affects everything that you do. How you react to challenges, your perception, believed perceived potential, consistency, professional & personal development, stay power, grit, grace and ability to build are all driven by your thinking.
Pay attention to your mindset. When an opportunity is presented to you, do you take it? When a challenge arises in your life, do you shrink or grow? Do you complain or seek solutions? Are you surrounded by people who drain you or fill you up? What are you feeding your mind every day?
I recommend listening to Podcasts, or even watching YouTube videos that are meant to improve your mind.
Be Accountable to Someone
Accountability leads to success. Why? When people take responsibility for their actions they make changes that lead them to do things differently, to do new things and/or to stop doing things that held them back. This may sound simplistic, but its true.
Accountability is all about helping you reach your goals in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. My advice is to find someone or better yet, a group of people that can hold each other accountable in some way.