It feels like I haven’t sat down to write in ages! Somewhere between a pre-Christmas trip back to Italy and then Christmas itself back in America again, the time has literally flown by!
So here we are again at the very end of the year, closing out what I hope has been a really wonderful 2015 for you, and prepping our way into what will be a huge 2016.
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They always feel so bogus – how many of us have cheated on our New Year’s Resolved diet within the first month? (I’m not just raising my hand here, I’m standing on my chair waving both hands at you – I think I’ve diet cheated every January since puberty). But although I’m not a fan of the New Year’s Resolution, I am an absolute advocate of creating a list of goals for the new year and using it as both the road map for the new year as well as a measuring stick to check back in with throughout the year.
If you want to achieve anything in life you have to set goals. A goal has to be written down – until you commit your goal to paper it is merely a dream or a thought. A goal that has been written down is a commitment to yourself. As Zig Zigler said: ‘One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.’
No matter what your goal is, from losing weight, to saving money to going on an exotic vacation, it is achievable if you both plan and prepare for it. As you start planning your goals for the upcoming year check out these 10 steps to setting goals from Success.com
The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work—if you won’t. As Mary Crowley said, “One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.”
3. Break it down.
Break down your intermediate and long-range goals into increments.
4. See it.
If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. In your imagination, see yourself receiving that diploma, getting that job or promotion, making that speech, moving into your dream home, achieving that weight-loss goal…
5. Hold yourself accountable.
Daily discipline is the key to reaching your goals. Record your progress toward your goals every night, and list the six most important things you need to do the next day.
6. Expect change.
Make a decision to move toward a goal carefully—but be willing to change your direction to get there as conditions and circumstances demand. Push on, friend.
7. Tell people.
Chances are excellent they’re going to encourage you.
8. Be a team player.
You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
9. Write it all down.
Each time you reach a goal, your confidence will grow so that you can do bigger and better things. After accomplishing any goal, write about it—in your journal, wherever.
What you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals—what you will become is the winner you were born to be!