Happy New Year!
Bare with me… it may sound like I'm about to put a damper on things, but if you read on, you'll get what I'm talking about.
If you've made New Years Resolutions this year, I want you to squash them…
(stay with me… I'm not asking you to throw all of 2018 away just yet).
If you've set Goals that you want to achieve, you've gotta rethink them with a different mindset.
Because as great as intentions are to make 2018 your best year ever – and I know you can – setting New Years Resolutions and even planning S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) Goals are flawed.
Resolutions are a blanket statement – “I will lose weight in 2018”…
Great intention, but there's no specificity…
When will you lose the weight by?
By Dec 31st, 2018?
How will you do it?
Setting Goals are a bit better for sure – “I will lose 20lbs by Memorial Day 2018″…
This is a step above a resolution because it's specific both in the amount of weight and in the timeframe it will take you to do so.
But again, what's the plan?
What are the actions that you need to take to get there?
And that's where we get into habits…
Habits are the foundation for achievement of anything.
When we want to achieve our goals, more often than not, we are wanting to achieve something that we've never accomplished before – or at least haven't in a long time.
Therefore, we must do things that we've never done before (or have not done in a long time).
And the root of that is adopting new habits and/or getting rid of old ones…
…essentially, we're changing our behaviour.
And if that's the case, then we have to change things about our mindset and what we think of ourself.
Author James Clear breaks it down this way…
- Decide the person you want to be.
- Prove it to yourself with small wins (adopt a new habit).
Note: I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to start with incredibly small steps. The goal is not to achieve results at first, the goal is to become the type of person who can achieve those things.
For example, a person who works out consistently is the type of person who can become strong. Develop the identity of someone who works out first, and then move on to performance and appearance later.
Start small and trust that the results will come as you develop a new identity.
Think about how much easier and less-daunting it is now achieve your goal.
“The goal is NOT to achieve results at first…
THE GOAL is to become the type of person who can achieve those things”.
-On the acquisition of a new habit
Say you do, in fact, want to lose 20lbs and get in the best shape of your life.
Then your action plan is as follows…
Step 1 – DECIDE that you're the type of person that does something active everyday…
Step 2 – DO something everyday that develops the habit necessary to be that person.
For weight loss, I suggest just doing something everyday for 20 minutes.
Anything: go for a walk, yoga, swing kettlebells, do push-ups, join a league or do a combination of all of those things.
Just do it.
Everyday… for just 20 minutes.
Step 3 – Get accountability… tell people about it.
Your wife, your friends at work (or better yet, start a group with the same habit goals at work), post on a Facebook Group or on your own personal page, track your progress publicly on Instagram (that one is pretty powerful).
The idea behind accountability now, is that you're making it REAL.
You know the saying “if a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?”… accountability is the same.
You've made these decisions in your mind… telling people takes it outside of your mind and puts it out in the universe.
Here's a very personal example…
I want to write and publish a book this year.
Step 1 – I've decided that in order for me to complete this book, I have to decide to be and act like a writer.
So every morning in my journal I write “I am a successful author” to affirm and remind myself that I am in fact a writer.
In order to ACT like a writer, I've got to write. So…
Step 2 – DO something everyday…
As soon as I wake-up (I get up at 4:44am everyday), I go through a quick morning routine that includes that 7-min routine that I showed you a couple of weeks ago, then I sit down and I write and I don't get up until I have 1000 words written.
Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes, some times it takes me 90 minutes.
The idea though is to PRACTICE the habit and the more you practice, the better and more efficient you get at it.
Step 3 – Get accountability…
I've told the 5 people in my life that I don't want to disappoint that I will write and publish a book in 2018…
…And now I've told you and 27,000+ other people on my subscriber list.
Can't really turn back now 🙂
So you see how this works?
Decide. Do. Make it REAL (Get accountability).
So, as much as I love seeing people resolve to do things in the New Year and as much as I love to see people setting goals and see where the next year can take them…
…If you're serious about achieving those goals, then you MUST develop a plan on how to do it.
And the first step in that plan is determining the WHO you need to be to achieve the goal and WHAT HABITS you need to adopt to get there.
Resolutions are fine… but the real power is in developing a STRONG CHARACTER where you're able to carry out a resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
I'm here to help… so PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and let me know What's the #1 Habit You Need To Adopt to Achieve Your 2018 Goal(s)?