10 Tips for Making 2012 Great

Most people have given up on, or conveniently forgotten their NY resolutions by the 15th of January each year. How are you going with yours? If you have given up in resignation, or if you didn’t make any resolutions because you have not stuck to them before, it’s never too late to re-affirm your commitment and start again.

Here are some tips to keep you inspired to achieve your goals this year:

  1. Identify what area of your life you really want to improve and get really clear about how you want it look. Be very specific about where you are now and where you want to be.
  2. Focus on just one or two major goals for the year. It’s better to achieve one or two things that will really make a difference to your life than make lots of goals and never reach any of them.
  3. Make your goals achievable – It’s great to challenge yourself, but if you bite off more than you can chew, then your probably never going to get started, or will give up quickly, because the reality of it is so overwhelming.
  4. Form them in a way that is inspiring for you. e.g. If you want to lose weight, don’t just state “I want to lose 5kg”. This is not very inspiring. Find a favorite outfit / piece of clothing, in your wardrobe that you haven’t been able to fit into and make it your goal to fit into it by a particular date. Or have a particular event in mind and make your goal to wow your friends at the event in a new outfit. Or wearing your swim suit during summer with confidence. I think you get the idea.
  5. Chunk your goals down into shorter term goals. e.g. 12 months, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, 1 week, 1 day.
  6. Write all your goals down and keep them in a place where you can see them and remind yourself of what you are committed to achieving this year. This is even better if done as a vision board.
  7. Identify what new habits you need to adopt to get you there and keep you there.
  8. Uncover and let go of whatever belief systems have been blocking you from achieving this in the past. You will have to if you want real change.
  9. Review your goals regularly and adjust them as you need to.
  10. Get a coach or somebody whom you are accountable to and report to them on a pre-arranged regular basis and make sure they are not going to allow you to make excuses and let you off the hook. Accountability is key to your success at achieving anything.

Anthony Robbins says there is the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Which do you choose to experience this year?



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