New Year, New You in 2020!
Are you ready? Well, 2019 is already history across most of the world. A new year usually starts with some new commitments and many of us think of the new year as a time to change our focus and get back on track on actions we didn’t take the year before. These actions probably include getting physically and mentally healthier and stronger, taking a closer look at our finances, looking for a more challenging job or doing some stuff around the house that we’ve been putting off. The bottom line, is how can we follow through on these goals so we can focus on building steady progress in all these important areas of our lives, instead of having to wait for another year to pass and be in the same situation?
Commit to Your True Goals
I was thinking about this and asked myself, do we really need to wait for another new year to begin to commit to taking actions we should have been taking all along? Why did we allow ourselves to get caught up in doing things at times that might have been of lesser importance and not work towards the goals that could really make a positive difference in our lives? There are certainly obstacles that keep us from consistently taking the right actions; so, what can we do to identify the obstacles that have stopped us in the past and then start building the right action plans to overcome those obstacles and move closer towards achieving our goals?
Picture your life as you really want it to be – are there some actions you should stop doing and others that you should start doing? If you stop doing those things that are holding you back from achieving your goals and focus in on consistent actions that can positively change your life, what could your life look and feel like by this time next New Year? Commit to what you really want and what is most important to you and start taking action!
A Simple Three Step Process That Can Positively Change Your Life
We may be conscious of the fact that we have not committed to our goals and that we need to do something differently. The problem, is that most of us wind up getting busy taking actions that don’t necessarily support our most important goals. Take some time to think about what not taking the right actions has created in your life. Are you happy with those results? Chances are, that if you really want the goal, but have let obstacles get in your way, you may just need to get it all down on paper and make sense of it. There’s an old saying that says clarity is power and that’s exactly what life coaching focuses in on – helping you get clear and then take action and move forward towards the achievement of your goal.
I know folks usually often put things off and think that there’s going to be a better time to do them. I know this, because I have been there – done that. However, by putting things off, I learned that all that does is take them out of my focus and I sometimes forget about them completely, until New Year’s for example. I think we all have some experience with this, so I’m hoping I’m not alone in saying it. When the New Year comes around, we try to re-commit to our past goals and often times repeat the same pattern again. Tony Robbins correctly calls this the “New Year’s Syndrome.” This occurs because we put things off so often, that putting things off has become a habit pattern that we continually run. Unfortunately, it’s a BAD HABIT, but fortunately breaking this habit pattern is possible and can be done by getting organized and taking the right actions on the things we need to get done consistently. Keeping this pattern up for a few weeks can help create a new habit pattern that will ultimately help empower us to achieve our goals, as well as steadily increase our self-esteem and self-confidence.
So, without further delay, here’s the simple three step process:
Prerequisites – knowing what you want and committing (100%) to taking action
- Write down your goal, starting with the word To. (ex. To take a vacation to Niagara Falls)
- Identify 3 obstacles that have stood, or you believe currently stand in your way of achieving that goal. These obstacles can be internal or external.
- Write down as many action steps as needed for each one of the obstacles that you will commit to taking action on to help you get past the obstacle
Finally, keep in mind, that keeping your goal in your focus can increase the chances of achieving the goal. Yes, awareness in itself is helpful. Also, try not to make small tasks like taking out the trash or getting dinner ready bigger than the goals you really want to achieve. Many of us will start to use those smaller tasks as excuses. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, write your goal down, identify the obstacles that stand in your way of getting that goal and finally, decide what actions you are committed to take to overcome those obstacles. These three steps will create a goal plan for you and once you take the first step, you will be closer to achieving your goal! If you want some assistance in getting your goals aligned and identifying the obstacles and action steps to help you achieve them, you can sign up for my one-on-one life coaching session here.