Most people tend to give up on making New Year’s Resolution simply because they claim they do not work. Below are some sure ways to totally sink your New Year’s Resolutions (if you have made any).
1. Create a Total Lack Of Clarity in What You Want
Just make statements such as “I want to be more successful”, “I want more customers” or even “I want more money”. Unsuccessful people tend to make generalized statements about what they want. One big problem is that they will never know whether they have reached it or not.
Successful people tend to be very specific in what they want — “Success to me means that I want to get on track to exercising regularly 3 times a week on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night at 9pm” or “I want to see my customer base increase 8% this year”.
They tend to print many copies of their resolutions and pint them up in areas most visible. This goes with the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
2. Create Unrealistic Expectations With No Milestone Planning
One typical example is a weight lost expectation: I want to lose 13.2 pounds (or 6 kg) this quarter.
Or another: I want to increase my income by 5 times.
They do so without doing anything different from last year.
If you want to increase your income by 5-fold, what you are currently doing has to change and starting creating new strategies for it. Creating milestones are also important in helping you keep track where you are in your goal. Whole year goals should be mixed with quarterly goals so that you know where you are going and can celebrate when you achieve them along the way. Celebration is an important aspect of getting results.
3. Do Not Come Up With A Plan To Achieve It
Dreams are great, and most of the time the first thing to achieve your dreams is to wake up!
Unsuccessful people tend to just WANT things or results. They may not want to put in a plan to specify how they intend to achieve results. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Successful people usually have a plan (may not be the perfect plan) that will ensure that they will draw closer to the desired results. They know that plans can change according to the situations and remain flexible.
4. They Do Not Share Their Intentions With Other People
From my experience, most people believe that we should just keep our resolutions quiet and ensure that others do not know about it. This is so that when one fails, no one will know.
However, if you intend to achieve it, shout it out and ensure that your best friends, colleagues or even (gasp!) family members know about it. When you put yourself on the line, you tend to achieve it. This is because there are people around you reminding you of what you have said!
So… what are you waiting for? Can you share with me your plans?
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