Christmas is over, which means NEw Years is next up. Within the next 5 days there's going to be billions of people getting ready to celebrate the new years! Millions of people reflecting on 2013! millions others not caring! Millions who will thinking about what their resolutions will be and millions re-invoking the same resolutions from this current year!All in all, we know that new years is the time of resolutions. What's even more interesting though is that most people make their resolutions on or after January 1st, and by February have completely dropped their resolutions aside. What does that tell us?
Most humans have struggles with commitment and consistency. Take a look at the picture, these are the most common themed resolutions:
1) Less drinking (alcohol)
4) enjoying life
6) improve finances
8) improve health
9) quit addictive behaviors
10) be more philanthropic/helpful
Were any of these yours for 2013? Were you already considering making any of them your focus for 2014?In a group exercise, I learned Zig Ziglars major steps in goal setting, which strangely enough I have incorporated in goal setting before, but not with such specific intention. The most important aspect of goal setting is to WRITE THEM OUT, EMOTIONALIZE THEM, and VISUALIZE THEM !
Following these seven steps:
1. Identify your goal by writing it down.
2. Set a deadline for the achievement and put a date on it.
3. List the obstacles to overcome in accomplishing your goal.
4. Identify the people and groups you need to work with to reach your goal.
5. List the skills and knowledge required to reach your goal.
6. Develop a plan of action to reach your goal.
7. Write down the benefits of achieving your goals.
Understanding the importance of believing in yourself in the route to attaining your goals is the most important. No matter how small or grand, whatever a (wo)man thinketh, so is (s)he...therefore write the vision make it plain, but also have faith! If 20lbs weightloss, large savings, or a new house is your goal, you have a wealth of resources to do it, but the belief begins with you, followed with some dedication to achieving the goal! In the end, life is all about progress and not perfection. Be content where you are until you get to your next destination, but stay moving so that you don't get "stuck". It's better to hit the reset button as many times as necessary than giving up. Giving up serves as a pattern of regret, but pausing, even over and over again, doesn't mean the end. One of the best accompaniments you can have on your journey today, tomorrow, next year, and any time after is someone who support and hold you accountable for your goals! Choose however many people you need because its always great to have support system; we can have drive, but we can never do something completely on our own. Those around us motivate us in different ways, and those who don't move in life, typically don't have others motivating them or feel motivated by someone around them!
Get those pads, paper, vision boards, pens, pencils, and any goal setting materials ready! Big Things are Happening in 2014!!!
BE Proactive~BE Focused~
Written by: Tiffany Wright