New Year's Resolutions 2013
[1 minute self-development] Happy New Year! I trust you had a great party and are ready for 2013. As your slightly blurry head clears, here's the first of two '1-minute New Year's Resolutions' pointers for you.
What crazy stuff would you like to achieve this year?
Read, follow, commit and have your best year ever.
Now, my local gym will be absolutely rammed this week. Thousands of eager beavers sweating and straining on the treadmills, trying to work off those extra mince pies. But next month, and the month after that, I know what will happen. Attendance will start to drop off. Many will slowly forget about their New Year's Resolution to get fit and healthy. By Christmas 2013, the regulars will have the gym to themselves again.
So how do you make sure that you actually get your New Year's Resolutions done, and you're still motivated in February, March and April? What is it that makes some people stick to their goals?
For now... grab a pen and some paper (or if you got an iPad or iPhone for Christmas, you might want to do this bit on your new toy.)
Make 5 headings - WORK, MONEY, HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS, HAPPINESS.
(NB – these are just suggested headings. You might want to make additional headings too, such as Family, Charity, Leisure etc.)
- Enter your goals for 2013 under each category.
- Write them in the present, as if they’re happening right now. (I have a new job. I drive a new Skoda. Etc. Studies show the unconscious mind takes them more seriously if written in the present.)
- With each goal ask yourself – is this possible? If not – amend your goal until it is achievable.
- With each goal ask yourself – are there any negative consequences to achieving this? (If so – evaluate whether this goal is still worth pursuing or amending).
- Once you’ve settled on your goals, date them with the date on which you want to achieve them. For example: I have a new job - 9/9/2013.
- Write them out smartly on a piece of paper (there’s a proven visual/kinaesthetic link between writing and achieving).
This is step 1. As simple as it may sound, asking yourself these important questions, making sure your goals are achievable and also exciting, and then writing them down in this specific way, seems to be the best way to get it done.
Achievable and exciting
And then... there's a second, even more effective thing you can do once you've written 'em down. It's absolutely fantastic. I did it in 2012 and wow! it worked. That's all I'll say for now... look out for that 1-minute blog tomorrow.
ps - some people like to have a private coach. It's not for everyone as it's a significant investment, but if this is something that interests you, and you'd like to take 2013 to a whole new level with your own Tony Wrighton program, then click here. I only take 10 private clients a year, and last year I booked 9 in the first week of Jan!
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