It’s a new year, and things are going to be different this year. You are going to make a serious list of New Year’s resolutions, and this year, you are going to stick to them. You are going to lose weight, get healthy, accomplish new career goals, travel, stay in closer touch with friends and family, spend more time with yourself, read more or write more, and the list goes on and on and on. How are you going to accomplish all of these wonderful things? Do you have a plan? How are you going to break your old habits of procrastination or inefficiency? Are you prepared to follow through?
Intention is the first thing that you must consider when starting out the new year with a new plan. What is your specific intention? Is it to reduce stress, enjoy life more, and make more money; or something more profound? I would suggest that you be very specific when you create your intention. For example, if you say I want to make more money, but you don’t specify doing so in 40 hours or less a week, then you might be facing 60 hour work weeks. My intention is to create ways to earn passive income, three or more times what I earned in 2013, so that I may enjoy traveling in the U.S. and outside of the country more frequently with ease and grace.
Avoid Procrastination by making a pact with yourself that if something needs to get done, you are going to do it right then or at the earliest possible moment you get the chance. You see, what happens is that people keep putting chores, errands, tasks and the like off every day. At the end of the week, the “To Do” list is so long that it’s overwhelming, and folks resign to the fact that it’s never going to get done. And guess what, it doesn’t! Most people are visual people and the idea of crossing things off the list is gratifying to them the majority of the time. If you work off of a list every day and keep attacking it, eventually those items are going to get accomplished. You have to be determined. You have to have a plan and stick to the plan. If you want it badly enough, it will get done.
Follow Through on everything you set out to do. Now, does this mean that everything is going to be attainable or feasible to accomplish? No, absolutely not. Some of us are conservative when setting our goals and resolutions and some of us are on the opposite spectrum. The go-getters, the dreamers, the creators – we set some lofty goals. As long as you have the mindset that you are going to follow through, even if in the end, you have to make the decision that it wasn’t realistic or if you’ve taken it as far as you can take it and it’s simply a dead end, then give yourself a break. Success is admitting failure sometimes. Regroup, set a more realistic intention, don’t procrastinate, and follow through. Do this again and again and again until you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me, it’s a good feeling, and remember, if it was that easy, everyone would do it!