By Shelly Aristizabal
Every year you set new goals for yourself. If you’re like most Americans, by April, your resolve is waning, and by Julyy you don’t even remember your resolutions. Then, on Dec. 31, you berate yourself saying, How did I waste a whole year?
This IS Your Year to Design & Live the Life of Your Dreams! Pick only two or three strategies from the list below and implement them today. Then, instead of scolding yourself on Dec. 31, 2014, you’ll be able to say, Look how much I accomplished this year! IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!!
Ok, You have a big goal, what are you going to do with it?
Ink it. You’ve heard it before, but the truth is writing down your goals forces you to get clear about what you want. Use a pen and paper (you can transfer it to your computer later). That simple physical act helps cement the desire in your brain.
Replace it. One way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. What can you choose to add to your life that will fill the void left by eliminating a bad habit? For example, replace TV time with family time, candy with fresh fruit, talk radio with inspiring audios.
Speak it. Talking about your goal—even if it seems huge and impossible—allows others to encourage and help you by providing resources and information you may need.
Baby it. Even small baby steps taken toward your goal consistently will move you in the right direction. Once you experience a few small wins, taking bigger steps becomes easier.
Take it BIG. Don’t take all year to do what you can accomplish in a day. Once you’ve written down your list of goals for the year, figure out which goals could be accomplished this month—or even today.
Decide and Just Do it. Mental hurdles may keep you from making decisions and taking action. Get over it! Make a list of all the reasons you want to accomplish your stated goal. Refer to that list when indecision or inaction threatens to take control.
Accountability. Even if you don’t share the same goal, having a “success partner” can keep you accountable. Meet weekly (in person or by phone) to check in on and encourage each other.
Celebrate your successes. Every time you reach a milestone, acknowledge your accomplishments in a positive way. For example, if you drop a dress size, buy a new outfit. If you pick up a new client, have dinner with a mentor. Celebrating your success will keep you focused on the larger goal.
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