The New Year is just around the corner. Many of you are starting to get excited about the new potential that this year brings. If you are making a New Year’s resolution to: lose weight, read more books, spend more time with your family, or make more money, you are not alone.
I saw a statistic that said over 80% of people set a New Year’s resolution between now and the first week in January. Most of these resolutions center around self-improvement, family, or making more money. These are all worthy resolutions.
But there’s some sad news attached to most New Year’s resolutions. The vast majority of people will quit before they even get started. They quit because they don’t know how to turn a resolution into a reality. To me, this is heartbreaking. I want you to achieve your goals! You can do it. It’s not as hard as you may think it is. You just need a little simple advice that’s easy to follow. That’s exactly what you’re going to get in today’s article; simple advice that you will be able to execute!
The Big Problem with Resolutions
The big problem with resolutions is that they are too big! Seriously. When we think about what we want to do in the New Year, we typically think about the end result. We see the finalization of our goal, not the little steps that get us there. Let me give you an example:
Imagine a person that wants to get in better shape and lose 30 pounds this year. I’ve been this person, so I can tell you what I was thinking. I was thinking that I was going to look good! I was going to melt away the fat and build muscle. Oh yeah, baby!
You see, I could see the end before it happened. There is great power in visualization, but there’s also a trap, and the trap was the goal! The goal was too big and would take too long to accomplish. For the average person, this is a serious problem. Really big goals, that take a really long time to accomplish, take loads of discipline in different behaviors.
That’s the problem with resolutions. They focus on the end result, and not simple little steps that build discipline and a change in behavior.
Here is the good news, friend; we can accomplish our goals and we can change our behavior if we just make a minor adjustment.
An Easy Method to Accomplishing your New Year’s Resolution
You want to accomplish your resolutions this year, right? Then may I share with you the easiest way to accomplish your goals?
My secret sauce to accomplishing big resolutions is this:
- Figure out the easy daily activity that gets you closer to your goal.
- Block off 15 minutes of time for that daily activity.
- Do the activity for an entire quarter, and never miss a day unless you’re sick or have a family emergency.
That’s it. Seriously. It’s really that easy.
You see, it’s not about the end goal in the beginning. It’s about changing your behavior, creating a habit. Habits are formed by what we do continuously. That’s why I want you to break down your goal into things that you can do.
For instance, if you want to make $20,000 more this year, then you need to break that down into a daily activity. That activity might be making outbound phone calls to your old clients. If you want to lose weight, then that activity might be walking for 15 minutes a day. Whatever the activity is, just commit to doing it!
That’s why I want you to block off 15 minutes a day toward the activity. 15 minutes is not that much time. You can do anything for 15 minutes of intensity. Treat this time as sacred. If you do this for an entire quarter of the year, then what you will have is a habit and behavior change by the time you get to the end.
You’ll also see progress toward your goal. Now, chances are pretty good that you’ve only made a minor dent in your goal and that’s okay! You see, this is just about getting you into a new habit. You were creating new pathways in your brain that say, “Hey, this is what you should be doing.” Once you’ve developed this behavior change, you’re going to find that the next three quarters of the year are going to fly by. You will also have built up additional stamina. You will be ready to increase your daily activity time toward your goal. It’s like riding a bike. Once the wheels are turning and you’ve got momentum, it’s easier to go further and faster!
You can do this! I believe in you. All you need is to believe in yourself. Start now. Write down what your daily activities are going to be. Then block off the time in 15 minute increments on your calendar. Put it down seven days a week for the entire first quarter. And at the end of the first-quarter, write me and tell me how awesome you’re doing.
Todd Liles is the founder of Service Excellence Training and the creator of the PRESS PLAY Training System. www.ServExTra.com provides consulting and training services. We specialize in: Techs, Sales, CSRs, Managers, and Owner Training. We offer our services: LIVE Online, in the Classroom, and at Your Location. 512.333.4133. firstname.lastname@example.org
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