A very happy new year to you. It’s 2013 and we’re entering a world that is changing faster than ever.
Right now I bet you’re feeling a sense of renewal. I bet you’re excited and looking ahead to the new year with a sense of renewal and vigour.
So you’ve decided you’re going to do things differently in the new year. You’ve set some goals thought about things you would like to achieve.
Think ahead two weeks from now. Will you still feel the same way? Will you still feel the same buzz and excitement that you’re feeling now?
Many people suffer from the same disease and that is letting the new year buzz slide so quickly.
It’s okay. We’re all only human and you can’t expect to feel that way every second of every day. What you can do is give yourself the best shot at making the changes last.
The way to do that is to make some proper rock solid resolutions that don’t fizzle out as quickly as they were made. They require two key ingredients for that.
- They need to be specific and unique to you.
- They have to have the right kind of leverage behind them to to have the power to work.
Only when you combine those two things will you truly stand a chance of bringing about real change.
I was speaking to someone recently who said that they wanted to lose weight and get healthy in the new year. I said “awesome, so why do want to lose weight and what’s your game plan for achieving it?”
Their response? “I find it hard as I love chocolates. Maybe I’ll start with the gym and the healthy eating can follow”.
Guess what? It’s not going to happen.
Unless you have a reason to makes you want get up and go to the gym without having to put too much thought and energy into it the likelihood of you succeeding drops considerably.
Your reasons are yours alone and I can’t give you those. All I can say is find a true purpose for doing exercise. Maybe it’s to live a long and healthy and to be able to play with your grand kids when you’re well into your 70’s and to be able to keep up with them.
Find the reason that is deep and meaningful to you.
The other part is the specifics and the metrics. If you want to go to the gym, how many times a week? How long for? What’s your exercise program for each of those gym sessions? Keep a diary of your progress. Take measurements. Keep a log of your reps or how much you can lift. Keep some pictures of your changes.
The same with your diet. Plan your food. Plan what you’re going to eat and when. Stick to your plan; don’t deviate.
These principles apply to any thing you’ve decided for the new year. Maybe it’s to quit a habit and replace with a good habit. It could be a financial goal. Use the same principles. Find your inspired reason for wanting to save and then make a plan of exactly how much you want to save and by when. Keep a strict plan and allow for a small amount of splashing out.
Expand on it. Watch videos on wealth by reputable people and learn from them. Speak to wealthy people to find out about how they did it.
Set specific resolutions for you. Make powerful choices and not loose promises.
Happy new year!