New for Old
2020 is fast approaching and everyone everywhere seems to be making New Year Resolutions.
Here’s the thing though:
No one keeps to those resolutions.
(Or at least, I never do!)
I have lost count of the number of times I have Resolved to lose weight, get out of debt, make more time for friends and family, or progress my career.
The problem is that every single one of these resolutions is vague.
Like vapour in a void, they are directionless and unfollowable.
And if something can’t be followed, it won’t get you where you need to go.
So it’s time to change the Old for New.
Old year, for New Year.
Old way of making resolutions, for a New way.
Here’s my suggestion:
Don’t make any resolutions.
Make a goal (or two, or three).
Then decide that you will reach those goals.
Anthony Robbins says:
“The word decide comes from the same root word as ‘incision’ and ‘scissors’ and literally means to cut yourself off from any other possibility…”
So if you decide to reach your goal, you are giving yourself no option but to do it.
A New Way of Setting Goals
You’ve probably heard of SMART goals. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound)
They are useful but oh so corporate.
I would like to suggest an amendment to this method.
Something I call the New SMART Goals:
Your goals must be”
Specific – they must have a clear outcome, no vague, hopeful, wishy-washy goals.
Measurable – they must have figures attached and be quantifiable, otherwise, how will you know you’ve achieved them?
Adventurous – don’t play it safe. Set goals that will allow you to tell a great story. If this means you fail, then fail BIG!
Risky – put some skin in the game. Put yourself in a position where you could lose. This adds to the adventure.
Time-Bound – set a time limit. This will keep you focused.
I recommend you use a 90 day/12 week cycle for your goals. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can achieve by setting 4 lots of 12 week goals, over setting 1 bigger year-long goal…
And here’s the thing:
If you don’t try, you’ll be reading this blog or something similar next year, wishing you had done something about it now.
If you try and fail, you will still be closer to where you want to be and have an incredible story to tell. You will have lessons learned and experience to pass on to others.
And if you succeed… well, then that’s even better. Just imagine how life-changing this moment could be!
So – go set some goals.
Share them in the comments below.
And, if you want to find out what my goals are for 2020, head on over to our Facebook Group.
See you in there!