So here we are just over half way through January, and half way through my monthly focus on goals and New Year’s Resolutions. How are your resolutions going? Have you managed to keep them all intact or are you slipping with some of them?
This is the time of the year when most resolutions and goals fail. So why is this and what can you do about it?
It seems that just about everyone you know has some kind of dream or goal that they want to have come true. While having lots of dreams and ambitions is a great thing it can also be distracting. Too many dreams can lead to confusion and to wasted time.
Instead of focusing on a dream, you have so many that you don’t know where to start and end up doing nothing.
I have already suggested a few days ago that you pick one major resolution and focus on it. Did you do that, or are you still chasing a whole list of dreams?
Next question – did you write down your goal and split it into simple manageable steps?
By writing down your goals you can see exactly where you are with your goal at any given time. You can see the point at which you started and where you are today. You will also be able to identify any problem areas and then take steps to overcome them.
It also helps to break down your main resolution into more manageable steps. This is especially important to do for any large goals such as saving for a new home or losing a lot of weight.
Studies have actually shown that those people who write out their goals and resolutions see a much higher success rate. Less than 5% of people actually write down their goals.
You don’t have to share your written goals with anyone. It just helps to solidify them in your mind and turns a dream into something that you are actually working towards – a bit like a contract which you sign with yourself.
Each day as you make progress you will feel a sense of accomplishment. This helps to motivate you to continue and achieve more. Plus your mind sees that you are making progress and this increases your willpower. You understand that what you are doing is not a waste of time or effort.
As you write down your goals you can identify which ones you want to work on first. Decide which dream is most important and make that your number one priority. You can always start on a new goal once the first is completed.
If you have fallen off the wagon with your resolutions already, do not despair. Who says that January 1st is the only day to start a resolutions campaign? Make a new start again now, only this time do it properly. Promise me that you will make a fresh start with a clear goal written down and split into component parts.
Leave me a comment below and tell me in black and white what you are committing to – this will also serve as a commitment to yourself.
Writing out your resolutions allows you to always keep them in sight. Of course you will make mistakes or go off in the wrong direction. What is important is that you don’t give up. When things go wrong look for the reason why and learn how to work around it. You can be assured that you will have learned from your mistakes and that you won’t make the same mistake twice.
You will develop strength and character from taking action and reaching your goals. These tools will help you improve your life experiences and you can pass on what you have learned to your children.
It’s not too late to set yourself up with my ultimate Goal Planning and Tracking system. You can fill it in on paper, on your PC or laptop, or even on your mobile devices using Evernote. You can add voice notes, pictures, checklists and anything else to help keep you on track, and you also get a comprehensive ebook with lots of hints and tips of how to set goals and how to stick with them. If you are struggling with your resolutions but still really want to achieve them then take a look at Goals and Resolutions today
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