This is the time of year when people make resolutions to change their behaviors. Unfortunately, January and February are the months that people give up their “commitment” and go back to their old ways. Just a few hints to help you follow through, so that next year at this time you’ll be proud of what you’ve accomplished, and possibly what you’ve become.
Be Clear About the Outcome: The “What?” question. What, specifically would you like to achieve? I will weigh 175 lbs and be able to put on my favorite jeans without help. I will read 24 inspirational books in 2012. I will take my family on a week-long vacation and not work.
Be Clear About the Reason: The “Why?” question. Why is this outcome important to you? How will it feel when you accomplish it – why so? Of all the things you could possibly spend your time on, why did you choose this one?
Be Clear About the Methods: The “How?” question. How the heck are you going to do it? What are the steps in the process? How will you stay on track? How will you avoid or overcome the barriers to your success?
Be Clear About the Schedule: The “When?” question. When will you finish? Imagine you’ve accomplished the goal – what does the calendar say in your imagination. “Someday”, “soon”, “when time permits” or “next year” are all nauseatingly unacceptable answers. When will you finish? You need to have a date set.
Be Clear About the People: The “Who?” question. Who will benefit from your accomplishment? Your family, your customers, your financial planner, your employees? I need names people. If you happen to be the main beneficiary, then I still need the name of who will keep you on track. Who is you accountability partner?
So if you REALLY want to achieve your goals for 2012 (and you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t!), ask yourself these questions about each resolution/goal/desired outcome. Write down your answers and keep them where you can review them periodically through the year.
You will be well on your way to making 2012 a very successful year, quite possibly your best year yet!
All the best for a wonderful New Year’s Eve and prosperous 2012,
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