It’s that time of year. Everyone starts out with good intentions and makes their new years resolutions. The only problem is that few ever follow thru. Most people end up frustrated and aggravated.
Don’t let this be you. Here’s a great tip! Get a second brain! You probably already have one in the form of a smartphone. Don’t rely on memory to reach your goals. Break your goals down into small steps. Use an organizer to schedule these steps.
Let’s say you want to workout three days per week. It won’t happen without making it part of your everyday life. Find a time that is right for you. Morning is best if you are one that will be dreading it all day knowing that you have to get it done! Decide what body parts you will work that day and put it in your calendar.
There are many apps that can help. I like Omnifocus. It may be overkill for what you need though. A much simpler app to use is Todo from Appigo. I used it for a long time and is great for what most people need in a todo app. There is a long list of apps that will fit the bill. You can also use google calendar or your phone calendar. Set yourself up an alert as a reminder! Get a second brain and stop living by accident. Live with a purpose!
Scheduling small steps that lead up to a goal is one of the biggest causes of failure when trying to achieve your dreams.
We just had our goal setting workshop this week. It’s a great workshop for those who want to achieve success. Success can be defined in many ways. To some it is money, while to others it is contentment, happiness, service to others or a number of other things. The first step in achieving success is to define what success is to you.
Be careful not to use definitions from your parents, friends or society. Know what your idea of success is. I speak to so many people during these workshops that have never set any type of goals. If you have no plan, than that IS your plan. Spend some time thinking about what you want out of life, know that you deserve it, and make a plan to achieve it!
The best way to set goals is to break them up into small achievable steps. Keep it to to a few. Remember to identify any resources or help you will need along the way. Get your support system in place early. Create a realistic schedule and stick with it. One of the most important things to do when working on your goals is to forgive yourself. You may mis-step, slack off and fall behind. That does not affect your ability to achieve your goals. Forgive yourself and get back on track. Now go and grab your dreams!
Check our workshop schedule. Our workshops are always free to the public.
I just read an article about Whitney Houston and her funeral. We focus so much on the mistakes that are made during life that often our accomplishments are overlooked. You will fail many more times in life than you succeed. Thomas Edison did 9000 experiments before he discovered the light bulb. Michael Jordan was even cut from his high school basketball team!
So I say have a mini funeral for yourself before you go to bed. Sure, you made mistakes today. Maybe you could have done more. Maybe you could have made better decisions. At the end of the day, it’s time to live with your decisions. Have a mini funeral for today’s mistakes and put them to rest. Tomorrow is a brand new day. When you wake up, you will have a clean slate!
Yes, you will make mistakes today. Cut yourself some slack and push forward without mistakes from the past weighting you down! There is nothing you can do about the past. Someone once told me not to worry about things that are out of your control. Good advice!
Be successful today!
Dr. Robert Simmons