Friday January 1, 2010 13:59
How to reach all of your New Yearâ€™s Resolutions
By now youâ€™ve made your New Yearâ€™s Resolutions.
But are they goals or dreams?
Dreams are what you hope to accomplish, but you havenâ€™t really figured out how youâ€™re going to get it done. Dreams may be to lose weight, make more money or get out of debt.
Goals are specifically what you plan to accomplish and you probably have some idea how to achieve them. A goal may be to lose 20 pounds, to make $5,000 extra or to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt. And if youâ€™re still in school, make As and Bs.
Goals are more likely to materialize than dreams because you have identified your target instead of some generic, unspecific dream.
But donâ€™t expect to reach your New Year’s goals or dreams unless you make a game plan to form daily habits to achieve them.
An NFL team canâ€™t just say itâ€™s going to the Super Bowl. The head coach and his staff has to set specific goals and make a plan to reach those goals, such as winning three out of every four games and winning the division, which would produce a 12-4 record and likely home field advantage in the playoffs to have a better shot at being in the Super Bowl.
But an NFL team also has to break down the goals to the basics of what it takes to even win a single game, such as playersâ€™ daily eating and work out habits, daily work on technique, daily analyzing video on opponents, daily strategy meetings and daily practicing of critical situations in a game. These daily activities help a team form habits that will materialize in victories and possibly a Super Bowl.
So in order to reach your New Yearâ€™s Resolution, you have to specifically identify what you want to achieve and make a game plan.
But along the way, you will be tempted to get off track, but that’s only because you didn’t identify a strong enough reason why you want to accomplish your goal. So make sure you understand what you hope to do with what you have once you reach your goal.
I actually recognized what I wanted to change in 2010 at the end of last year, but I didnâ€™t know how I was going to do it. Now I do after spending the last four days of 2009 out-of-town with the young president of a company that I plan to work from home to reach my goals.
This young president and his mentor (who each own their own private planes, sports cars and hefty bank accounts) personally took time out of their holidays to teach me how to identify my goals and maximize my potential by making a game plan of daily habits. They treated me like family and we look forward to building on our friendship to help me stay focused on the daily habits that are required to reach my goals.
One of my New Yearâ€™s Resolutions is to earn $300,000 from the young millionaireâ€™s company. $300,000 seems like a lot for some people and for others not much. But hey, itâ€™s my goal, not yours.
To make a game plan for my goal, I had to break down how much I need to make per month and then per week and figure out how many sales I need to make per day.
So now I know in order to make $300,000, I have to form the habits of making 40 phone calls a day, setting 6 appointments a day and making 13 sales per week for 48 weeks (because I plan on going on four week-long vacations) to make $300,000 this year with one company. I know I’ll be tempted to get off track, so I have also detailed everything I plan to do with the $300,000 so that I stay the course even when I’ve made $150,000, which is double what I made last year but not enough to do everything I want.
If your resolution is to lose 20-50 pounds, you have to break it down to how much weight to lose per month and per week and what daily habits produce the weight loss, such as specific eating habits and exercises. And also figure out what you want to do once you have lost the weight.
To be successful at reaching your goals, you have to make habits of doings things you donâ€™t normally feel comfortable doing because if doing what you’re comfortable with created what you really want, you would already have it. Eventually, you will feel comfortable with your new habits and achieve your goal.
However, being successful also requires constant growth and therefore changed habits or you will stay where you’re at.
For instance, I made a goal to be the No. 1 agent with another company in 2009, and I achieved that goal to build a brand new house, pay off my debt, publish my first book and take my family on a lot of great vacations, such as Barack Obamaâ€™s inauguration, Michael Jacksonâ€™s memorial, Disney World birthday celebration and a Bahamas cruise for being the No. 1 agent.
But since that company decreased its compensation and increased my responsibilities, I quit and sought another work-from-home opportunity to achieve even greater results, and Iâ€™ve found it and have made a game plan to be even more successful in 2010.
By sharing one of my New Yearâ€™s Resolutions and how I plan to achieve it, I hope you have an idea of what it takes to make your New Yearâ€™s Resolutions come to pass. Donâ€™t just say what you want. Make a game plan and work on it daily.