No, this isn’t your traditional article telling you to set New Year’s resolutions and set new goals.
It’s a little different than that.
Most of us have prepared for the question that gets shouted at us that goes, “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” You’ve already been asked by your friends and family about 100 times now, right?
It sucks. But we’re not the only ones who endure this. It’s more and more people every year. You see people making claims all over social media about the new year and how they plan on transforming their lives.
And if you’re anything like me, and I’m pretty sure you are, then you don’t know how to answer this because you did the same thing last year and somehow got lost in the process. Everyone kept telling you to that January 1st is the day to start. And if you don’t follow along then you get left behind.
But what if we did things a little differently this time? Maybe we didn’t initially set goals.
Hear me out.
We’ve all been there before. We’ve been told that if we have a hard time setting goals each year, we will never make any true changes in our lives. We hear it more times than we can count this time of year. And you know that feeling I’m talking about that upsets your stomach thinking about it. What’s silly is our society condemns us for falling off our motivation mountain when we stop chasing our goals. And I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel inadequate to set another goal.
Sometimes we feel like we need permission to reach our goals the non-traditional way. We feel as if sticking to the “new year, new me” trend is the right thing to do because everyone is doing it.
What we come to realize, especially further into the year, is that we never needed a dose of motivation to get started. We just needed to set the right habits in place. And that starts with understanding what actions you take each day and what adding 365 days to that habit does for you.
Think about it.
Say you want to lose weight. One thing you can commit to is eating less fats. Or perhaps you’ve finally decided the gym is going to be your second home. Just a little cardio for 1 hour a day. Not a bad start right? If you add 365 days to this new habit, you automatically realize you hit your goal and it went by faster than you thought. You trimmed fat. You feel better. You look better. Even at times, you didn’t always feel like going to the gym. Some days you wanted to skip. But you did it anyway. Commitment is unique because it shows us it’s not an emotion but a consistent motion of a true inner desire we all have. In this case, that is showing up to the gym and eating less.
It sounds simple… right?
And it is.
If there is anyone more deserving of reaching their ultimate life goals, it is the person that moves every inch of themselves, coated with effort, and never backs down. Today is an opportunity to for us all to keep forging forward in 2020. Use today. Use this hour. Write down the actions you need to do daily in order to celebrate yourself in a year from now.
It’ll be helpful to have a list of books that helped me use the power of habits to get the job I have and kept last year. Though a book’s job is only to educate you, it will ultimately be in your saying on how you apply what you learn. Famous author Dale Carnegie once said that the knowledge has no power until it is applied.
You know everything you need to know. You know how to lose weight, make more money, get the job you want, save money, etc. Your goals are most likely bigger than mine. As long as that is the case, you will never fall short of reaching the with the right and powerful habits in place.