I actually thought I wouldn’t have to write about New Year Resolutions before the end of this year, but a fan of this page has convinced me otherwise.
While hanging out together yesterday, he opened up to me on the difficulties he encountered in his attempts to fulfill his Year 2012 resolutions. Out of about 15 things he planned to do in the year, he was able to partly achieve only one. Barely five days to the close of the year, he’s still struggling with that one goal!
We discussed at a great length and finally agreed on the subject of this post which I am publishing at his request.
We agreed to have a “Must Do” for 2013.
Let’s be truthful to ourselves, majority of us enter into a new year with a long list of what we plan to achieve but, surprisingly, the list barely survives the first quarter of the year. In our attempt to be “a jack of all trades” as far as our New Year Resolution is concerned, we end up becoming the “master of none.”
So for 2013, let’s use a new approach, a single-aim, “Must Do” resolution, which I’m sure will work if properly executed.
Here is how to do it in 2013.
First, you must be confident of what you actually want in life. Pause for a few moments to reflect on this. What exactly do you want? Where are you heading to in your life ship?
As simple as that may sound, majority of people are not very sure of what they actually want, or where they are heading to in life. This fact did not become clear to me until many years ago when, during a job interview, I was asked: “Where do you hope to be in the next five, 10 years of your life?”
My God, I had no clue!
But somehow, I successfully wriggled out of the interview session. Unknown to my interviewers, that single question changed my focus and approach to life.
I drew my life blueprint properly that very day.
If you were to ask me the same question today, even in my sleep, I will answer you without hesitating for a second.
Someone who is uncertain of what he wants can never come up with a successful New Year Resolution.
When you’re 100% sure of exactly where you’re going, you must then be fully prepared on how to get there. In other words, you must determine the price you have to pay to achieve your aim(s).
As far as 2013 is concerned, I want you to think deeply and come up with a list of 10 to 12 things you will like to achieve within the year.
Now you have a list, right?
The next thing is to make use of your imagination. Every man and woman is endowed with the power to imagine so use yours.
Imagine that you could achieve any of those things listed.
Imagine you don’t have any barrier to success in any of those 10 to 12 goals.
Or, imagine that an angel suddenly appears and says, “Choose only one of these goals and I will help you achieve it.”
Which one would you hand over to the angel for immediate help?
You can see that even among top priorities, there will always be number one priority. That is the goal you should focus your attention on as your “Must Do” for 2013.
And how do you go about it?
Approach it SMARTly by making it Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
Long grammar, eh?
Don’t worry, all I’m saying in a simple language is that your “Must Do” for 2013 must be something you’re very clear about; something you can monitor; something that is doable; something that is not out of this world; and something that you can time yourself on.
You want to make US$1 million in 2013?
- But how?
- When in 2013?
- Whose help would you need?
- What steps would you take?
- Are you being realistic or fooling yourself?
- What are your strengths for achieving this goal?
- What are the possible difficulties you may encounter?
- How do you plan to surmount those obstacles?
You must come up with a list of all the things you need to do to achieve your US$1 million target. Having done that, you also have to prioritize and allocate a deadline to each of them.
Now you have the “building plan” in your hand. It’s time to start building. You must take necessary action. And taking action starts immediately.
If you draw up your plan and leave execution till the next day, I’m afraid that beautiful plan is already on its way to failure.
Run through the plan and decide on what you need to do right NOW. Is it a phone call to a friend? Do you need to email someone? Or, you must first check your bank balances?
Do something… NOW!
As they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Having taken the first step, you must continue to take a daily step on your 2013 “Must Do.” With this, success is guaranteed.
Could I be suggesting that you gun for ONLY one thing in 2013?
Not really. When you have achieved priority 1, you can move to priority 2…and then 3, 4, 5 etc.
Who says you cannot, with determination, achieve your priority number 1 within one or two months of the year? There is no impossibility under the sun.
To your success in 2013!