To resolve or not to resolve? Resolutions, goals, all the pressure. Everyone has an opinion. And of course, the dismal statistics that only 18% of us keep them. I was sitting, as many of us were, in gatherings of friends and family over the holidays. “Can you believe it?” we lamented, “2012 is over, another year flew by.” So Fast.
If like me, you feel the year just flies by, then writing down what you plan to achieve can be a motivating activity, but only if you have a clear vision of what it will look like and even more importantly, what it will FEEL like, when you have achieved it. Often, this is the critical missing piece. So take this month’s 10 minutes for you – and do a little dreaming and how 2013 turned out – Be one of the 18%!
“To accomplish something, you must first expect if of yourself” – Dr. Wayne Dyer.
1. Find a quiet place and close your eyes.
2. Get a picture of you goal in your mind. Now see yourself having already accomplished it. What does excellence look like for you. What exactly are you doing? Where are you? What are the sights, sounds and smells that surround you? Who else is there? What is different about you, about work, about life? What are they saying about you? What are you saying about yourself? What are you telling people about how you got here?
Most important, how natural does it feel to be here? The more you connect with this “reality”, the more natural it will become. You will identify those things to keep doing and those things that may be blocking your success.
3. Do this activity at least once a month to keep you focused and motivated on what success looks like.
Now you are ready to take action to get there. Here are a few simple steps:
1. Identify the big chunks & write them down.
2. Pick just one chunk and break it down into small steps.
3. Pick just one small step – what is the very next thing you can do?
4. Do it.
5. Celebrate completing every step!! We humans do what is rewarded!
Take the opportunity as this new year begins to inspire a clear vision of success for yourself and for those you inspire to follow.