Want to accomplish more? Be more specific.
At this time of the year, it easy to get cloudy on your goals in the midst of all the festivities.
Dear Amazing Reader,
Are you the type to set New Year's Resolutions?
While I'm all for the whole "I'm gonna buy a journal and write down all my goals and ideas for 2020" there's just one tiny problem I've noticed over the years.
We're not being very specific.
“This year, I'm going to lose weight, start a business, and eat healthier!”
Sound like you?
Sounds like me.
Thats how the cookie always seems to crumble. Grandiose dreams on January 1st that always end in broken promises by Feb 2nd. But I've realized something.
The reason our success rate at keeping at our goals is so low is because these statements we are making are far too vague. It takes a lot more than telling your best friends or spouse all the things you want to do, or all the things you want to improve to actually see any results.
TALK.IS.CHEAP. You know this.
I want you to imagine you are an archer, aiming at a target. Your eyes have to be trained. Your arms have to be positioned. You have to understand the distance from where you are standing. You cannot simply pick up arrows and start shooting. You have to use a combinations of skills and strategies in order to successfully hit the bullseye.
Be more specific
So this year, you want to make a commitment to go to the gym. That's a great goal.
But have you stopped, sat down with your favourite tea and really thought about how you are going to accommodate this new goal into your life?
Have you asked yourself simple questions like:
What is the closest gym to you ?
How much is the membership?
What workout plan will you follow to make sure you meet your goals? Will you be hiring a personal trainer? Will you be googling workouts you can do to help me target your problem areas?
Do you have the right gym clothes?
What's the best time in the day for you to commit to going when taking into consideration everything else you have to do?
In order to have any degree of success beyond the New Year hype, you have to dive in and take a look at the whole picture of your goal. And then get as specific as possible. So when you set your resolutions, they should look a little more like this:
“Starting January 6th, I'll be joining Goodlife gym at Bramalea City Centre. The cost of the membership is $50, and I'll be working with Michael, a personal trainer. We're gonna start by building my endurance using the treadmill and elliptical. I'd like to be able to run for 10 minutes by Feb 15. I'll be visiting Adidas on Dec 29 to pick up some gym clothes, a gym bag and running shoes to make sure I'm ready. My gym time slots will be at 6AM, while everyone else is sleeping so I don't interfere with my other commitments"
Take that in for a second. That's no longer a resolution. That's a plan. You know why you are going, and what you are going to do. You know what you'll be wearing and what the best time is in your schedule. Anything outside of this is just affirmations. Just a bunch of words that sound nice to say And a wise man once taught me:
"Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion"
Don't let another year pass with vague goals and broken promises to yourself.
Let 2020 be the year you look back and say-
"That was the beginning of the life I"ve always wanted to live"
Merry Belated Christmas everyone! I hope you all had time to make special memories with the ones who matter the most!
Lots of love,