By the time you’re reading this we are probably a few weeks into January.
You have probably started to shift a few pounds, you no longer feel like an alcoholic and you are no longer hearing people say things like “2018 is going to be my year”, “I’ve got 365 blank pages in my new book” and “XYZ is my new year’s resolution, I know I’ve said the same for the last 5 years but this year, I’m really going to do it” etc.
It’s statistically proven 98% of people fail to achieve their new year’s resolutions.
Because they don’t change their thinking enough.
If you think differently you can act differently, if you act differently you can get different results.
But if we want to create lasting change we require 3 things to happen.
- Get clarity
- Take action
- Be accountable.
I genuinely want 2018 to be your best year so here’s how.
Most people get clear on what they want but they forget to get clear on where they are. This is a fundamental error that people make. It’s like trying to use a sat nav and only knowing the destination and not your current location. It’s not much use.
As business owners will often set goals for our business and financials etc but they are just a couple of the areas of our lives.
I typically break them down into 9 areas: Business, Finances, Health, Personal growth, Family, Relationship, Social life, Attitude, other.
I recommend using a basic coaching tool called a Wheel of Life this will help you identify the areas you are falling short on and you can set goals for them.
This is an example of a completed one:
If you really want to make 2018 your best year yet then make sure you set goals on the core areas you score lowest on as well as the ones you score higher on.
The reason being is the area you have scored lowest on will often have the biggest positive impact on all the other areas if you improve on that.
The only reason we set any goal is to do one thing.
Change the way we feel.
Before you start to get going, get uber clear on what the feelings are going to be, the benefits of achieving these goals.
How are you going to feel? How are you going to act? What are you going to say about yourself? What are people going to say about you?
This will come in handy to remind yourself when things get tough – let’s face it probably will get tough at some stage.
It goes without saying that you have to take action.
That’s achieving 101.
However, most just have goals for the year. Give yourself check marks to work through in the form of 90 day, monthly and weekly goals.
There will be times when taking action can seem challenging, to the point where an action isn’t even taken.
That’s normally down to the action seeming too daunting or difficult.
This is when you can bring in ‘The Spectrum’.
Most things in life are on a spectrum – light, sound etc.
If you find yourself unsure of what action to take, picture a spectrum with your desired action at one end of the spectrum and you doing nothing at the other end.
The key to achieving is starting to think what would be a micro action you could take if you need to, just to get you going? Maybe googling something, asking a question in the EN group or asking a friend.
Ensure you are checking that the actions you are taking are getting you closer to your desired goals.
It’s also worth noting you will want to be flexible in your approach, some actions might not work out for you, that doesn’t mean you have failed on the goal, it means that the action hasn’t worked out.
At which point you can tweak the actions to still strive towards to goal.
Remember – You can lose battles but you can still win the war.
When we’re born, we’re accountable to our parents. We go to school, we’re accountable to our teachers, we go to work, we’re accountable to our bosses. Then we go into the big wide world, we want to do something for ourselves and we wonder why we don’t get stuff done.
It’s because we don’t have someone to be accountable to.
The problem that you’ve got, is you’re the easiest person the world to lie to.
You’ve justified your own lies and you do it over and over and over again.
So get accountable.
There are multiple ways of being accountable.
You can be accountable to your yourself by checking in on the goals you have written out every week, month quarter etc.
You can take advantage of one of your EN member benefits – the Weekly Accountability Train driven by EN’s resident train driver Mr Ed Pearson.
Join a mastermind group. EN has an amazing mastermind group, Accelerator. If you struggle with accountability then it’s well worth looking into.
Get a coach Jimbo offers one on one coaching as do I. Feel free to reach out to find out more.
- Know your goals
- Know why you are striving towards them
- Take action
- Check the results you are getting
- Tweak the approach
- Get accountable
Have an amazing year, use the above and genuinely, make 2018 your best year yet.
Until next time… make it happen.