By the time you read this, it’s likely you’re already off the couch, back to work and in the mix of your daily routine. And let’s be real- you probably haven’t written anything down. Amiright? Perhaps this will give you a little nudge on the shoulder and provide practical advice about New Year’s resolutions. And rather than assume I have all the answers, I’ve compiled advice from smarter people than me, who I think have the right lens in “how to” get you started.
Amber explains a simple truth about resolutions, “I can do this, today and every day, if I want it badly enough …change is in your hands, and if you want to do something differently, you can. No one is going to do it for you.” >> more here
The right way to write goals.
Chris provides some great advice about how to write down your goals. He advises that they should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely). Without following this structure, you don’t have a way to reflect if you “did” or “did not” achieve your goals.
Throw away your TV.
Gary Vee tells us that we need to “stop watching LOST” (or more appropriately for this time of year, NFL football or The Bachelor). Why give it up? Use your free time to do your homework. Give up 1 or 2 things each week, or each day (e.g. a TV show) and use that time to plan, study, and just plain DO whatever it is that gets you closer to your goals.
New Year’s “fresh start” is rubbish.
…it’s true (this is my advice). It should not take an event that only happens 1-time a year to make a change to better your life. Aristotle once said, “We are what we frequently do”. If 3 months from now, you’ve realized priorities have shifted, switch-up your routines and systems. Don’t get caught in a rut.
Don’t put it off.
Time is finite.
And life is too short.
If you don’t know where to start, it’s OK to stumble into the first step, you don’t always have to understand how it’s going end or where it will go. Often, I’ve observed from the most successful people I’ve met, they never over-think or over-analyze anything. They have a goal. They do everything they can now to get that much closer to achieving it. They also don’t stutter or pause on the path. They may shift, but they always continue.
I’ve always said the greatest possession you have is the 24-hours in front of you. And there are 361 more “fresh starts” you have in front of you now. Get inspired. Go do it now.