Every human being who ever achieved greatness in life, first wishes for it and then plans on how to make it a reality. For instance; setting a New Year’s resolution is a promise that you make to act on your wish for self-improvement, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, start eating healthily, learning a new skill or even starting a new business.
During the first month of the year, most people usually start acting towards their resolutions very strongly and confidently. Some of people even brag about it to their friends and through social media: #NewYearNewMe, #FitJourney, #weightlossgoals. This is not a bad idea because sometimes your friends can call out if you start slacking. Statistic shows that most people start to backslide by February. They start to fall off the track and procrastinate. Then by the end of the year, they are back to square one, or even further behind than when they started. Why is it so many people cannot achieve their New Year’s resolutions? Here are some reasons why, and how you can avoid them and succeed.
If you really want to lose those extra pounds, quit smoking or start a new business, you cannot simply tell yourself that this is what you want to do this year. You have to be clear and be very specific about exactly what you want to accomplish and then determine on how you are going to get the result that you desire.
Planning should be the most crucial part of your New Year’s resolution. Benjamin Franklin once said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” When setting your New Year resolution, you must set a definite plan to carry out your mission, and begin to put that plan into action as soon as you can.
In a recent article that Mark Cuban wrote for Entrepreneur Magazine, he states, “Don’t start a company unless it's an obsession and something you love.” And I could not agree with him more. The same principle can be applied on anything you are trying to achieve in life. You will never achieve your goals if you are not obsessed with them. If you really want to lose weight you have to be willing to change your eating habits and exercise at least three times a week in order to achieve the type of body that you desire. The same goes in the business world; many people want to start companies; because they think being entrepreneur today will make them rock stars. They want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the next Steve Jobs but what they do not realize that Zuckerberg had a purpose for starting Facebook. He did not say that he wanted to be one of the richest men in the world: that was not his obsession. Zuckerberg simply wanted to create an easy platform for students on the Harvard campus to communicate with each other. And he was so obsessed with taking Facebook to the next level he even dropped out of college to pursue his dream. This year if you want your resolution to be a success, you have to make it such an important factor in your life to the point it becomes an obsession. You have to be willing to sacrifice your favorite activities, in order to spend more time working on your goals. When you become obsessed with your vision, no matter how hard the going gets, you will find a way. The burning desire in you will help you push through any challenge that you may face.
You have to establish a definite date when you want to get there. Remember you have to be practical when selecting a date; there is no such thing as an overnight success. There are also no shortcuts to success. You cannot simply say that you are going to lose twenty pounds by the end of spring; it is not impossible but you have to have a step-by-step plan on how you are going to do it. Avoid having too many different goals. Only focus on few goals. If you want to start a business by the end of this year you have start doing your research about the type of business you want to start, then start by registering your domain name, trademark your logo and so on. All these steps will take time but you have to be patience and stay focused. You have to figure out how long each task will take to accomplish them, and then you can set a time frame to achieve those goals. Keep in mind that success is a result of great wishes, obsession, planning and hard work.
By Guerby Joseph