I’m a big, big believer in the power of New Year’s resolutions.
I just happen to think that January 1 is a terrible time to make them.
Most people wake up that morning, pour a cup of coffee, and only then start thinking about what they want to achieve in the coming year.
But making your resolutions on New Year’s Day is a lot like bending down to tie your shoelaces when the starting gun fires. Sure, you’re on the right track, but you’re going to be behind from the get-go. And it’s going to be so much harder to reach the finish line on time.
Regardless of where you stand on your goals right now, this isn’t the time to let off the gas to get back on track. You can make this last quarter of the year your best quarter.
Imagine waking up on January 1, 2017, with your goals already clearly established and firmly implanted in your mind.
Imagine not having to plan the actions that are going to get you to your goals, because you’re already taking them.
Imagine not having to wait weeks or months to see results, because you’ve already experienced them.
You can do it.
All you have to do is change your perspective.
Where are your goals taking you?
You can start by examining your goals to make sure they’re right for you.
Goals are enormously powerful things. But when they don’t arise from a clear vision and aren’t directed towards an overarching purpose that you have consciously, deliberately conceived of, they can have devastating consequences.
Have you ever wondered how some people end up hugely successful in terms of income or professional status but hate what they do?
In most cases, it’s because the goals that got them where they are were either disconnected from a vision and purpose or attached to the wrong ones (often, someone else’s — parents, teachers, etc.)
Something like, “Being the best ‘x’ in my industry” is a fine vision—IF it’s related to and harmonious with a deeply-felt purpose. If it isn’t, then 20 years down the line, you could find yourself looking back on a long string of admirably accomplished goals that brought you to a place you have no genuine desire to be — and don’t know how to get out of.
So look at your goals from the larger context of your purpose and vision. You’ll be glad you did.
Control your emotions
Next, as my friend Mary Morrissey suggests, separate who you are from what you have done.
In other words, not having achieved everything you wanted to by now does not change the fact that you are still a good-intentioned person who wants to grow into a better version of yourself.
Instead of getting frustrated, disappointed, or angry, recognize the highway to success is a toll road.
By that, I mean whatever you want to accomplish in the coming year has a price tag on it. You must give up something to get something. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required.
There is a high price to be paid for success, but the rewards of real success are well worth the effort.
Change the calendar
And finally, don’t wait to start formulating and working on your resolutions on January 1. Put your foot back on the gas and start TODAY.
Over the next twelve months, things in your life will change. You will find yourself in a different place, in a new condition, or your life may be much the same as it is today. Regardless, you have paid another year of your life.
If you start today and genuinely commit to your growth, you will be guaranteeing that this time next year, you’ll be looking back at a string of incredible accomplishments, and living the life that you’re dreaming of today.
So put on your party hat, pour a glass of champagne, and get down to it. And come this January 1, you’ll really have something to celebrate!
To your success,