A new take on New Year’s Resolutions

With 2019 right around the corner, talk of New Year’s resolutions can be found at every table. The problem is they are made with no commitment and no plan. Even when they are made with commitment and planned 90% fail by February.

So here is a slightly different take on it, that produces slightly better numbers. For me, for the year 2018, I am at 45% success rate. The best part is I know why it is just 45% and how to fix it. This year by far I will be above 75% easily. There are plenty of improvements to make, but I really like the system and wanted to share it with you.

Here we are at the end of 2018. Look back and ask yourself what made this year great? What would have made this year great? Now pretend you are at the end of 2019 asking those same questions. Now implement those answers into your plan.

When I first started this system I thought back over 2017 and ask myself questions like:

What would have made this year fantastic?

If this was the last year I had to live what would I do?”

How can I enrich the lives of my family?

How can I improve how I live my life?

How can I improve the bond between me and my Daughter and my Son?

Next I broke it down by what I wanted to accomplish with each person in my family. My wife, Daughter, and Son.Then with myself and with home improvement projects.

I listed a bunch of things I wanted to do. Things like fish 5 new spots with my son or quarterly dinners and weekly lunches with my wife.

In the end I listed the Top 5 items I wanted to accomplish with each of them, then the Top 5 self improvement items and Top 5 household projects.

I laminated the sheet and read it often. One of the biggest insights I gleaned from it was that those times I was reading it everyday as part of my morning routine I would have a higher success rate and accomplish more items then when I wasn’t as vigilant. So the single most important step after you create your list is to read it each and everyday. Keep those items front and center in your mind. Never bore of them. “Oh I read them for the past two months I don’t need to read them again”. And “I already know what it says i don’t need to waste time reading them again” is what leads to you forgetting about them, they then become second string to “more important” things {insert life gets in the way}. This is the reason why I only had a 45% success rate. The good news is, it’s a really easy fix.

I’m about to give you one of those life changing secrets. Something that can and will change your life if you fully use it and live by it. Are you ready……………

Failure to plan is planning to fail.  Once more Failure to plan is planning to fail.

Think about that for a second. Let it really sink in. Absorb it. Soak it up. Read it again. Think about it. Read it. Think about it. Good now implement it. Live by it. Do it over and over again. Plan your day, your week, your month, your quarter, your year.

This Top 5 list is your look into the future. As you stay focused on it and use it in conjunction with planning your SMART goals. You will be surprised at how much you can grow in just 12 months.

So put down the mimosa and get to work.

2019 is yours for the taking, go get it!!

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