Yesterday, we reviewed the week in light of the resolutions and goals we set for this year (click here to be taken to the post). We also learned the sobering fact that 25% of people who set goals and resolutions by January 1st, have already abandoned them by now.
That means they’ve quit. They’ve given up. They’ve thrown in the towel!
I know this isn’t you because you’re here reading this post! 🙂
But I want to talk about increasing your chances for sticking with it this year because another sobering fact is that after 6 months, 60% of the people who set goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year have abandoned them for the year.
Don’t let that be you!
Your homework today is to ask yourself what you’re going to do differently this year that will help you be successful when you may not have been before?
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
On TV and in the media, it’s common to see people behaving badly. It’s so common that we’re becoming desensitized to rudeness and ridicule; we’re forgetting about manners and common courtesy. This makes it easy, then, for us to stand out just by being courteous and our word being our bond.
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is an illustration of methodically working toward your dreams by taking one step at a time. At first, it’s hard and even daunting to take the steps but as you persist and consistently take steps and pieces, parts, and bits of steps, you become more proficient at it. You’re better able to do it—practice makes perfect!
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes there is just no good reason why your heart and soul urge you to take a certain direction and compel you to keep moving in that direction. Common sense, accepted logic, and experience may all be pointing in the other direction, but your heart and soul compels you to go the other way.
Follow your instinct—the direction signal of your heart and soul!
As 2014 comes to a close, take a moment and pause to reflect on the year. You may think of the things that you “coulda, shoulda, woulda” done–or not done. Put those to the side. Instead, remember the accomplishments you had, no matter how small or humble. Applaud yourself for these–especially the small steps and tiny bits of steps. While it’s wonderful to move toward your dreams with leaps and bounds, it’s the small, slow, steady bits of forward movement that gets you to your dream life.
Celebrate this–you done good!
Congratulations on all your forward progress in 2014!
What are you planning to do differently in 2015 that will ensure that you move toward your goals and dreams rather than just maintaining the status quo?
Your homework today is to thoroughly think through the answers to the following questions:
How will you hold your feet to the fire—make sure that you’re taking regular steps toward your goals and dreams? Will you meet regularly with a trusted friend or group of friends—like a Master Mind Group—where you can support one another in your quest to achieve your dreams?
Will you post on your bathroom mirror your dreams, the goals that’ll get you there, and the action steps along the way? Will you keep a record or journal of your thoughts and ideas about your goals and dreams as you learn more?
How will you measure your progress—how will you know you’re getting closer to your dreams?
Will you keep a spreadsheet of the action steps that’ll get you to your dreams and then cross them off as you complete each one?
How will you hold yourself accountable? Will you work with a trusted friend or family member by telling them what you want to accomplish each week and then reporting to them at the end of the week?
What payoff will you give yourself for working consistently and persistently toward your goals and dreams? How will you reward yourself for the steps you have taken and the progress you have made, no matter how humble or small?
Answering these questions will help you make sure you have an exciting and successful 2015!
We’ve spent this month thinking about our dreams and selecting the goals that will get us there. Now, let’s spend these last few days of 2014 thinking about what we’re going to do differently in 2015—and resolve to follow through—so that we don’t have a repeat of previous years.
Probably the most important thing we can do is follow yesterday’s quote from Elaine, my mom: You do what you’ve got to do when you’ve got to do it.
Your homework is to break tasks into small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits. This will make it much easier to do what you gotta do when you gotta do it!
You can do it!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Crafting a deeply meaningful, soul-prospering life