New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work!

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So how did you make out with last year’s resolutions? Like most people you probably had the best intentions and by March forgot all about your resolutions. Most resolutions don’t work because they are too vague, i.e. “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get a promotion”. One recent article said 46% of people cancel their gym membership after January…go figure! “Life resolutions” on the other hand do work. So, what’s the difference?

“Life resolutions” are specific and focus on long-term goals rather than immediate change. Some examples include: “I want to take piano lessons and play in a recital by November”, “I want to complete my N.A.L.P (or C.A.M.) before December”, and “I want to read two industry magazines each month”. For life resolutions to be successful you must approach them like you would approach goal setting and then execute them. If you don’t, you’ll be here next year wondering what the hell happened.

So this year, instead of creating a New Year’s resolution that you most likely will fail at, create a twelve month life resolution plan. Treat your life resolution as you would any major personal or professional goal by importing a process of implementation. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. List the top ten things you want to achieve within the next five years. Narrow these down to the three or four things you want to accomplish in 2016.
2. Write down the specific steps on how to accomplish these resolutions. If you can’t visualize these steps, your goal is too vague. Remember a goal is a dream with a deadline in writing!
3. Set target dates for each step. Remember, goals can shift so be flexible in your timeframes and execution dates.
4. Only by writing down your life resolutions can you track your results and visualize yourself accomplishing your new goals. Review them weekly.
5. Recite out loud your life resolutions twice a day, once in the morning and right before you go to bed. This helps to condition and discipline your subconscious mind.
6. When resolutions are achieved, reward yourself to reinforce successful behavior.
7. To keep balance in your life, take out your day-timer and write in all of your personal “stuff” (vacations, family time, exercising, days off, etc.) Now wrap your business “stuff” around your personal life. Only by balancing your personal and professional life together can you gauge your ability to accomplish your life resolutions.

Life resolutions are important for creating success in your personal and professional life. Remember, your life is defined by the choices you make every day. What will you choose? Have a rockin’ `16, on purpose!!

TPPTip: Make a copy of this article and share it with your family and work team and challenge them to incorporate these points to start off their powerful 2016. If you’d like more information about “life resolutions” or life coaching tips, please email me at andrew@totalpeakperformance.com Good luck and have a Happy 2016!