7 steps to achieving your new year resolution

journalToday is January 2nd 2014.  At this point most people have set their New Years Resolution, have purchased their new gym clothes and gym membership and in many cases have even gone out and purchased all new fitness equipment.  Many people start the new year with goals and dreams they would like to achieve and accomplish this year.  However after about January 15th most people quit on their goals and dreams, and decide to give it a go next year.

Why does this happen? Why do we tend to lose sight and focus of what we want to achieve and accomplish come January 1st? I have found there to be multiple reasons for this.  To start with most people only have day dreams and not real goals.  In order to achieve goals, they must be clearly defined, written down with a deadline and a plan of action.  You must plan your work and work your plan.  Most people only say “I want to accomplish so and so”, but have no plan of action. Thus its a daydream.

Additionally, most people are not very disciplined, so at the first temptation to skip a workout, or cheat on the eating regiment, etc. We take it.  Discipline is a habit that must be developed over time. Its developed daily not in a day.

Here are the 7  steps that I have found to be the most helpful in achieving any goal.

1.  Know exactly what it is that you want to achieve and accomplish. It must be clearly defined so you can see it in your minds eye.

2. Write it down in detail. Review your goals multiple times throughout the day; first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

3.  Have a plan in place to achieve your desired goal. Plan your work and work your plan.

4. Time block.  Set aside time daily to work towards achieving your goals, and do not let anything interfere with that time slot

5.  Be intentional. Time is one of the most precious possession we have, we can always get more money and more resources but we can never get more time.  So don’t waste it! Be very intentional with how you spend your time. Invest your time don’t spend it. Invest in your health, Invest in your future, invest in relationships, invest in the things that will make you a better version of yourself.

6. Review your progress. Don’t wait till December to assess your progress, check as you go to make sure you are on track to achieve your desired outcome.

7. Reward. Reward yourself for the daily disciplines you have developed.  We have to enjoy life, so we need to have a balance between work and play. Just don’t go overboard on the reward to the point that you lose focus of what you are working towards.

In closing, I challenge you to live with intention, passion and purpose, know what you what, know the steps to take to accomplish it, do something every single day to work towards achieving it, and make 2014 your best year yet!!!

Strength in all things!


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