As the heat rises and the sun shines and all the kids are screaming S-U-M-M-E-R, I
want to take a moment and bring you back to the cold of January – January 1st to be specific.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Have you checked your progress in the past five months? Was that a groan I just heard?
I have two thoughts for you on this fine June 1st day:
- A goal is only an idea unless you attach tasks to it that will get you there, and
- It is never the wrong time to start fresh in that pursuit.
So, if you were one of the groaners and feel like you’ve dropped the ball on your resolutions or goals for 2011, I invite you to start fresh. You have seven months left in this calendar year. What would you like to do with it?
If you started now on a program of healthy eating and exercise that would help you to lose five pounds a month, you’d be 35 pounds lighter by December 31st. If you want to write a book and state a goal to write 10 pages a week for the next 28 weeks, that’s your book! If you want to do better with your finances and make it a goal to save $100 a month, that’s $700 by the end of the year.
The path to get from having a resolution to having a success story has not changed
one bit over time immemorial. The five critical steps are:
- Write down your goal on paper. Take pen in hand and actually write it down. The process of doing it will create an indelible impression in your mind.
- Put three items on your task list every day that will move you toward that goal. They do not have to be big items, but you must actually do things to get places.
- Go back up to the top of the piece of paper where you wrote your goal and write the big why. This is what will keep you going through the rough patches. Why do you want to do this? What place in your heart will be touched if you accomplish this?
- Be accountable. If you have trouble holding your own feet to the fire, get together with a friend and help each other be accountable to your goals.
- State your goals and tasks in the affirmative. If your goal is to “lose 35 pounds,” rephrase that as something that is forward-looking. The statement “I am at a healthy weight for my body and my body is strong,” takes the pressure off the number.
This year’s resolution is not lost as long as the year is still with us. Start fresh today, or if you’re one of the success stories who is right on track, set some new goals. You still have 214 days or 5136 hours to make this a fabulous year.