Time passes so quickly! Just a few short weeks ago we were coming off our holiday food, drink, spending, and party hangovers. We were also launching our New Year resolutions. Here we are, already into the second month of the new year. My biggest problem on a day-to-day basis – and probably yours, as well – is finding enough time to get everything done. Seems that society and our daily lives speed up, but things just never slow down, hence the battle to ‘get it all done’. If you made a resolution on January 1 and you’re struggling just a bit, or maybe you put it off until another day, month, or season, no worries. You can make and keep a resolution virtually any day of the year.
Equally important, keep in mind you don’t have to make your resolution a reality overnight. You have the power of time: 11 months remain in the year. One small step, one day at a time for one year can reap huge rewards! Consider these tips, as you ponder your next move:
- Get Organized. If you’re buried in paper and clutter it’s hard to motivate toward achieving a dream, resolution and daily goals. I like to do a top-to-bottom house cleaning three or four times each year, and definitely do a major cleaning right around the New Year. In addition to helping you to find things, maintain clarity, and keep your focus on daily goals, a thoroughly clean and organized house/office makes you feel great. If your organization project will take longer than a day or weekend, break it into small projects that you can tackle over a few weeks, a month, or perhaps a quarter – whatever works best for you.
- Keep It Simple. Focus on just one major life-changing dream at at time. Turn your dream into a specific one-sentence resolution. Make that resolution a reality with small daily steps/goals. Take one small step at a time, one day at a time for one year. Don’t create a long unrealistic list of things that you think you ‘should do’, but know you ‘won’t do’. That’s a recipe for failure and broken promises. Tackle just one dream about which you have great passion, desire and interest.
- Learn And Plan: Do your homework to learn the ‘who, what, when, where, why, and how’ that will enable you to build a plan that will take you from idea to achievement: fulfilling your dream, your resolution. Build an outline. Break large long-term goals into small daily steps that can be taken one at a time. Keep learning as you go. The research and learning never ends. There is always something new to learn.
- Set Priorities: You can’t get it all done in one day, that’s not realistic. Know the next 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 daily goals that are necessary, set priorities, and tackle them one by one. Use your daily goals like building blocks. One success on top of another will generate enthusiasm, confidence, self esteem, motivation, and momentum. Your daily goals are like stairs to the stars. Keep climbing. Keep reaching. Each step will take you closer to capturing a handful of stardust.
- Write It Down: A Daily Resolution Diary will help you to build a plan, track progress, create a timeline, measure milestones, and reward yourself for hard-won victories. Your Diary will also keep you organized and make daily and weekly Check-Ins a snap.
- Do It Daily: Make Every Day New Year’s Day. Make Every Day Count. Take action, one step at a time, one day at a time for one year. That approach removes unrealistic pressure to move mountains overnight. Be patient. The rewards will add up exponentially over time like money in the bank drawing interest.
- Tell The World: Enlist your friends and family in your quest. Ask for their advice and support. Ask them to join you in daily activities! Start a blog and record your journey, or join a blogging community filled with people who share your dream. Join a club. Take a class. Plant Post-It notes at work and home as reminders. Wear your resolution on your T-shirt. Carry your resolution around on your coffee mug. Put it on your computer screen and your mouse pad. Focus on your goals each and every day. Most importantly, keep your eye on the ultimate outcome – what you stand to gain when you fulfill your dream, resolution and daily goals!
- Be Flexible: Obstacles will appear like dandelions on a Spring day and ultimately interfere with the best-laid plans. You often will be Overtaken By Events (OBE). Plan for the obstacles and embrace them. Use them to build knowledge, experience, strength, and determination. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, use obstacles to build self esteem, momentum and motivation by overcoming and beating them. Don’t dwell on them. Instead, handle them and move on to the next step!
- Celebrate Your Successes: Give yourself a pat on the back! Be proud of your accomplishments, and large and small victories. Use them to fuel the fire of passion for your dream. Reward yourself often. Small pleasures for a job well done will keep you interested, enthusiastic and moving forward day after day.
- Keep Your Eye On The Prize: Know your ultimate goal. Know what you want to achieve. Visualize what your dream, your resolution will look like at the end of the journey. Stay focused on the ‘brass ring’ and when you finally ‘grab it, hang on tight and take it to the next level’!
Remember: I Resolve To Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year. It’s your choice. Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps: Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that’s with you for good! Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey! Make Every Day New Year’s Day. Make Every Day Count. Let’s Go For It!
write by Egan