“What would your life look like twelve months from now
if you reached your most important goals?
I’m sure you have your own personal stories of starting the New Year strong only to get busy, fall behind, and eventually lose motivation.
Life’s too short for typical New Year’s resolutions almost guaranteed to fail. The good news is that you can shortcut the hard knocks, stop counting on luck, and finally succeed.
Instead, I utilize a proven #goalsetting process that incorporates safeguards for many of the pitfalls and failings of typical resolutions. It’s taken me years to develop this process, and I’ve seen it work in the lives of countless people.
An effective goal-setting system must factor at least five dimensions of goal-attainment:
1. Genuine possibility. Unless we believe we can reach our goals, we’re sure to miss. The number of people in their 20s who achieve their resolutions is far greater than those over 50. Why? The greater the number of setbacks we’ve experienced in life the less likely we are to believe we can prevail. Doubt is a goal-toxin. To reach our goals, we need to trade these limiting beliefs for liberating truths.
2. Past experience. Dragging the worst of the past into the best of the future is another reason our resolutions fail. If we get closure on the past, especially we’re able to more confidently step into the future.
3. Effective design. I LOVE THIS ONE! Part of the problem with typical New Year’s resolutions is that they’re poorly designed. “Lose weight” or “read more” fail on several counts. Among other things, effective goals are specific and measurable. Goals poorly formulated are goals easily forgotten.
4. Intrinsic Motivation. Many times, we’re not motivated enough to attain our resolutions. Without a compelling reason to persist, we lose interest, get distracted, or forget what we purposed to do. As my wife Gail says, “People lose their way, when they lose their why.”
tactics. Finally, resolutions
fail because we’re missing proven implementation tactics. Winning a battle
takes both strategy and tactics. But unless someone shows us what works best
for attaining our goals, we’re left to luck or hard knocks. No wonder it can
take us 5 or 6 years to finally achieve a resolution.”