If you’re anything like the rest of the human race, we’ve now reached that time of year where most (if not all) of those good intentions and resolutions that “this year will be different, I really WILL [fill in the blank]” have gone completely kaput.
Oh, so I hear you don’t do resolutions? So, how are you doing with your New Years’ goals and/or plan? (You DO have those, right?)
Unfortunately, good intentions will only get you so far. If you want to see different results this year, that means you’ll need to take different actions.
Alas, that’s far easier said than done.
So what can we do?
Well, a good way to start is with a theme, but that only gets you so far. You’ll still need some sort of goals or action steps or something if you want things to look different.
Now, there are lots and lots of great info out there about setting goals, not to mention lots of different systems so you can pick one that works for you, but what I’d love to do here is share a few tips to help you be more successful in 2015:
* Willpower isn’t enough. Why do you think all those resolutions have bit the dust by now? If we could change our life with just sheer willpower, we all would have done it by now.
* What DOES work is changing your daily habits. And there are a lot of ways to do this, from reprogramming your brain to getting rid of subconscious blocks to just making small tweaks over 21 days over and over again until your habits are supporting your intentions and goals and life. (Note — SMALL tweaks is the key here — saying you’re going to start exercising 5 times a week when you’re lucky if you exercise 2 times a month is just asking for an epic fail. It would be better if you said you’d start with 1 time a week or maybe starting to walk with a friend a couple times a week and slowly work your way up.)
* Now I still think setting goals is important — they’ve done studies that show folks who come up with goals and write them down are far more likely to actually attain those goals than those who don’t. So, I would still encourage you to spend some time if you haven’t already figuring out your goals and coming up with a plan to bring them to life, along with deciding how you’re going to tackle creating new daily habits.
Something to ponder this week.