It’s funny how at the beginning of the New Year we make resolutions to change something in our lives. The success rate is usually hit and miss for most of us. Want to try something new this year?
I’m going to share with you a method to make your New Year’s resolutions more of a hit than a miss. Each and every year, I sit down and make a list of the goals I want to accomplish over the next twelve months. The key to success with this process is to write the goals down on a piece of paper.
I also express each goal in a positive tense. For example: I write, “I will,” (then I write out the specific goal).
I tend to have an annual list of fifty goals. It just works out that the font type and size that I use allows me to make a list of fifty on a page. I break the goals down into categories alphabetically – business, family, health, projects around the house, and (building) wealth.
I also quantify each goal as specifically as possible, whether it be a specific dollar amount, the make and model of something I want to buy, or the exact hotel and location if the goal is related to taking a holiday.
For some reason, I find that typing my goals out in capital letters helps me internalize them while I’m compiling my list. This also may be a function of the font and size of text I use. Using capitals just seems to make each goal stand out better.
Also, I remember to set an “accomplish by” date. If you don’t, your list is actually a wish list rather than a list of goals. For a goal to be a goal, it has to have a specific deadline.
Example: I will take a vacation to Disney in Florida by March 30, 2015.
The last thing I do is print off the list of goals and post it somewhere where I can review it regularly during the year (I usually do this at the end of the quarter). I then check off the goals as they are accomplished (I use a green highlighter to do this).
For some reason this system works. I can’t tell you how many times I have been surprised by my successes. Especially by the goals I had no idea how to accomplish when I first wrote them down.
Try it. It works!