How often do your resolutions become reality?
If you’re like most, it’s about 8% of the time, and that’s not even terrible considering less than 25% of people stay committed to the end of the first 30 days!
This year ditch the resolutions and do this instead.
The primary reason traditional resolutions rarely work is because they focus too much attention on the result as opposed to the process it will take to get there.
“I’m going to lose 10 pounds this year!”
It is a worthy goal, but that declaration has nothing to do with the success path or day-to-day commitments required to make it real.
Follow this process to improve your life in 2021 and beyond.
ASSESS YOUR LONG-TERM GOALS
It’s not as though goal setting has no value, only that revisiting your long-term vision is step one, not the only step.
Dream big as most tend to underestimate what they can accomplish in a lifetime and overestimate what they can do today.
ASSIGN A DOLLAR AMOUNT
Living in reality is a fantastic way to create the future you’re dreaming of.
Just about everything has a monetary cost, so it only makes sense to assign that cost.
“What will the mortgage be on our dream house?”
“How much do we save for life experiences?”
“How much will we need to save for the kids’ education?”
Once you have a monthly expense total for your Dream Life, you can reverse engineer the revenue you’ll need to earn and what you’ll need to accomplish to earn it.
Aside from a real sense of peace that comes with knowing your numbers, it also gives a deeper purpose to the day-to-day actions that you’ll be completing.
PLAN LIKE A CORPORATION
Split your year into 4 quarters and approach your life planning no differently than Amazon or Apple would schedule theirs.
Success leaves clues, and it only makes sense we follow the trail and follow suit.
Every 90 days, host a detailed strategy session for yourself or your family during which you’ll review your successes and failures, your proximity to the future goals, and what changes, if any, need to be made.
Once you’ve made it this far, you can easily replace your annual resolutions with commitments to each and any action steps required to move you closer to your future dreams.
Whether that dream is retirement or losing 10 pounds, it’s all the exact same process. Set your daily schedule to support keeping your commitments and encourage those around you to help keep you accountable to them.
When you apply this process over time, the results become exponential.
You’re not only able to complete one commitment and replace it with another, but instead, many prior commitments simply become your new habits.
Those well thought out habits push the unconscious – and often detrimental – routines aside, leaving you with progressively more and more strong, life-enhancing automatic actions to guide your success.
Now, if given two choices, which do you think is better?
A New Year’s resolution or an entirely new you… every year!