The New Year is here (as of midnight tonight) and it’s time to think about setting new goals for the year ahead. This is also a time to take inventory of the successes and the failures you experienced over the past year. Setting new goals at the beginning of every year is key for ensuring your future is one of prosperity, both financially and personally.
This week as I was pondering the subject matter for this article I ran across some interesting information. Another Resolution study showed that while 52% of participants were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved them. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, a system where small measurable goals are used (lose a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
So what can you do with this information to make sure you don’t fall into the other half who abandon their resolutions?
Before we talk about resolutions I have to say I don’t believe in resolutions. I believe in RESULTS! In order to get results you need to set goals. So what’s the best way to set goals that you will actually achieve?
First of all, you have to take the time and sit down to reflect on the last year. Don’t make it a pity party if your year was not one of your best. Just look back on what worked and what didn’t work. Be committed to change.
After you’ve reviewed your successes and failures, figure out what your goals are for the New Year. Be specific. Don’t just say I want to make more money… define it. When setting goals you need to be clear and concise.
Now you have to find the inspiration to stick to your intention.
Join a social networking community like mine at Live Out Loud. People tend to stick to goals more when they are interacting with others on the same path. If you don’t get support from your peers you’re likely to get discouraged. You should be creating a team of people to help you achieve your goals.
Be consistent. Goals worth attaining take time. You have to be tenacious and persistent. If you don’t keep track of how your time is spent, start now. Schedule your goals like you would your work. It’s your work and this will help you keep track of your progress.
Remember you’ll probably be going beyond your comfort zone. It’s ok to be cautious but don’t hold yourself back. Be completely responsible for your betterment.
Be in the cycle of continuous learning. If your goal is to create a home based business, it’s time for research. Be a sponge for knowledge. Commit to attending seminars or webinars like the ones I offer. In fact this Sunday (Jan 4th) we’re having a FREE webinar, New Year New You. We will be talking about how you can develop your own custom wealth plan to get your year started on the path to financial success – regardless of the economy.
In closing, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your support and interest – this year has been filled with successes for so many of us! We have big goals for the New Year and I look forward to interacting with you all at the Live Out Loud Community. Let’s reach our goals together in an enriching and powerful community. Let’s find and give inspiration, support and encouragement collectively.
Happy New Year!
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