18 Dec Don’t Make a Resolution; Make a Reality
This is that nostalgic time of year when so many people take a look back at the past 12 months and begin to make resolutions in hopes of changing themselves or their situation in the quickly approaching new year. The gyms ready themselves for the onslaught of new members come January, and every talk show and magazine is telling you what diet to be on come January 1. Nearly half of all Americans (about 45%) make resolutions each year.
And how many achieve them? Not even 10%. Most don’t even make it a month.
Most of us have failed New Year’s resolutions.
By the time February hits, most resolvers already feel like failures for the year. There is zero motivation to try again until the next year starts closing in. Suddenly there is hope and anticipation that maybe this year, maybe this time they will magically have the will power to follow through with a resolution.
If this sounds even remotely familiar, let me offer you your very last resolution…
To not Make Any more New Year’s Resolutions
Yup, you read that right. Don’t worry, I’m about to give you a better, achievable solution.
First, some big reasons why most resolutions fail:
- We make too many
- We make them too vague (i.e. popular resolutions: lose weight, workout more, eat better, drink less alcohol, get out of debt, save money, spend more time with family, get a better job, volunteer)
- We don’t make a plan to achieve them
- We think we can only make them once a year, going into the next year.
- If we’ve failed to follow through in the past, we eventually stop making them altogether.
Our culture seems to view New Year’s resolutions like a magic wish we get to make once a year that should come true upon the words being uttered from our lips. It’s a romantic notion, but just saying you want to do something or change something doesn’t make it magically happen the next day or in the first month.
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So this year, I challenge you to make your last New Year’s resolution: to not make any more New Year’s resolutions. Instead, this time give yourself a chance to turn your hopes and dreams into a reality.
Join me for the first live webinar of Elite Access (Monday, December 22nd at 8pm CST) as I discuss in detail how to clearly define and achieve your goals. No, it’s not as easy as a magic wish, but it’s also not impossible to turn your dreams, resolutions, and goals into a very real and tangible reality. If there are changes worth making in your life, why would you wait until January 1? Your future is created by what you do today.
Some of the things you’ll learn through this webinar are:
- How to nail down and create a significant and specific goal to strive for
- How to set mini-goals to get there and keep you on track during the journey
- How to create clear and specific action steps
- The great side effects of just attempting to accomplish your goal
- How to stay motivated and not feel like a failure after a slip-up or set back
- And you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and even play back the recorded webinar as many times as you want or need to in the future
Earlier this year, Forbes wrote an article about writing goals down. I was intrigued when I read this as I’ve always written my goals down:
“There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing. The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!“
Become a 3 percent-er. Through Elite Access, I will give you the tools and motivation. Then it’s up to you to put them into action!