Did you notice the excitements all over the world on the first day of January 2020?
It was a colourful morning with jubilation and celebration everywhere.
The joy of being presented with another 365days!
Were you excited as well?
I recalled growing up as a kid, how we all look forward to the first day of the year, particularly because we considered it as a day we will get to eat more delicacies, visit friends and wear the best of clothes purchased by our parent weeks before.
We also get to attend different end-of-year events organised with a focus on celebrating the achievements of the previous year.
It’s a day with loads of energy, enthusiasm and optimism.
Millions of people all over the world reflect on the previous year and make new decisions, usually referred to as –New Year Resolutions.
It’s a common practice that happens annually, worldwide
Typically, people make resolutions as regards their health, wealth and personal development.
Resolutions such as losing more weight, quitting certain habits, eating healthy meals, making more money. And writing these resolutions are usually very normal.
However, according to a study conducted by U.S. News & World Report, they discovered that the failure rate of new year resolution is 80%, and that majority lose out on enthusiasm by February
I’m sure you stepped into the new year with loads of dreams, goals that make up your resolutions.
Did you find time to write them down as well?
If not, grab a pen and a notebook and think on paper right away!
However, it’s possible that a lot started happening faster than you think.
By your estimation, you were hoping to have ticked off so many goals.
But the events in life and the world seems to make everything and everyone be on a standstill.
No matter what’s happening, it’s still very important that you have written goals for the year.
However, if there are no timelines written then you don’t yet have goals yet.
Again, if you could not achieve the goals stated for past months, then you should review your plans and see where to make adjustments.
Whatever the case may be, don’t lose steam on your momentum to have an incredible time in your life and business this 2020.
I’ve got 3 suggestions that would be of help to you:
1. Stay Committed To Focus
Is it possible to be immune against distractions?
Internet and social media have not made it easy.
But, you’ve got to be brutally honest with yourself and get it done and out of the way once and for all.
You don’t have to look at every notification that beeps on your phone.
It’s fine to have a little time to unwind and rest, but that should only happen within the allocated time for such.
Your goals ought to be broken down into daily chunks and then you attach activity goals to them.
Wake up every morning and list down 5 or 6 things that must be accomplished to move you close to achieving those goals.
Then resolve not to allow anything to stop you from achieving them, even if it is -YOU!
I don’t know of anyone that was never faced with opportunities to be distracted.
The decision is up to you to stay focused and achieve those goals
That is it, interaction most of the time is within your control.
You can choose not to be distracted. Focus, they say, creates blindness.
There are really no neutral grounds, you are always focused on certain things at different times, but what really matters right now is that your attention is fixed on the goals you itemised to accomplish this year.
To stay committed to focusing means that you will have to decide to avoid distractions at all times.
2. Surround Yourself With The Right Set of People
The set of people you associate with can affect the accomplishment of your goals.
Be intentional about the people you follow on different online channels.
Quit hanging out with the naysayers, they will eventually bring you to their level of thinking.
Clearly, they cannot see what you envision, so don’t be surprised if they attempt talking you out of it.
Be intentional in selecting the set of friends you share your aspirations with.
Their level of energy in getting things done must be different.
Your association will definitely affect your pace, so choose wisely.
Look out for events where people of like-minds are gathering and attend. You will get more inspiration and energised with the conversations in the room.
3. Connect Your Goals With Emotional Benefits
Don’t just set goals in isolation, tie it to the desired end.
Connect them to a compelling emotional benefit.
This is where your “WHY” comes in.
You must have a reason that connects with your emotion. It will give you the tenacity to persevere when it seems nothing is working.
For example, is it possible that you have been looking forward to travelling on vacation?
Is it possible that when you make more money it would be easy to travel?
How about weight loss?
If you keep at it with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, is it likely you achieve the desired weight of your dreams?
Let these expectations keep you moving.
If discouragement is setting in, then it’s time to remind yourself again on the reasons you wanted to win in life and business this year.
Your ‘why’ must be very compelling.
Your desired end must fill up your imagination.
Don’t let go until you achieve those goals.