It’s time to start another year. Seems like they come faster and faster.
For me, a new year always brings a sense of anticipation and expectation because it offers an opportunity to reset and focus on making some important life changes. Some call them resolutions, others goals. Whatever you call them, most people don’t actually achieve them. Statistically, about 80 percent of resolutions fail.
But that doesn’t have to be you, or me. A failed resolution or goal is a like a broken promise to yourself. And no one likes to break promises.
Let’s make 2020 different. Let’s set challenging but achievable goals. Let’s not be part of the “failed” statistic.
How can we make 2020 different by actually following through on our goals until we actually achieve them? Here are three things you can do:
It’s always important to take some time to reflect on your previous year. What were the wins and what went well? Celebrate and build upon these successes.
What didn’t go so well? Where did you fall short or disappoint yourself? Don’t get discouraged or down, but reflect on where things went wrong. Focus on the things that you can control and correct, and commit to getting better in 2020.
Whether you had a great 2019 or a disappointing one, it’s still important to renew your commitment and passion for the coming year. If you fast-forwarded to Dec. 31, 2020, what would make you look back on 2020 and determine that the year was a success? Paint that picture of success in your mind and let it inspire passion in you. Let it fuel and drive you.
Renewing your passion is key to staying fresh and motivated. Otherwise we can easily become stagnant and complacent. Do whatever you need to in order to stay fired up. Keep you goals in front of you each day. Share them with a friend and ask for accountability and encouragement. Set a reward for yourself at the end of the year if you complete them. Do whatever it takes.
Most importantly, resolve to establish the daily system of habits that will enable you to achieve your goals. To resolve is to “decide firmly on a course of action.” Deciding firmly is being very intentional, not passive and complacent.
Changing habits and ultimately our life comes down to winning the battle of the mind. Every day we have to face voices telling us that we are not good enough, or we might fail, or that we don’t have what it takes to succeed. You absolutely have to change your mindset and you have to resolve to make this year different. It’s like drawing a line in the sand and telling yourself that you will never go back to the way things were. You will make this year different by deciding in your mind now that you will do whatever it takes, and you won’t compromise or break any promises to yourself again.
Let’s make 2020 our best year yet. Let’s do it together.
What are your goals for this year, and what do you plan to do in order to make them reality?