Empower yourself with action; a great saying with plenty of drive attached to it. Action is absolutely necessary towards the accomplishment of our goals, as long as we are acting upon the right items that will provide the expected return on our time and energy investment. Long before the action takes place however, careful thought is mandated.
This week, many of us will make resolutions for the new year. We will decide upon those items that haunt us, needing change. Do we want to learn a new language? How about dropping a few pounds? Painting the house? Reading a sales training book? Learning to ski? Writing a new book? Riding a motorcycle? Learning to learn faster? Updating your will?
Resolutions are great, but often lead to disappointment. Their chance of success however, grows astronomically if we will simply will make them one at a time. Do what you resolve to do! Then and only then move on to the next goal on your list.
Resolutions are actually goals with a dose of guilt attached, or that is what they frequently become. Guilt is often the emotional energy driving the desired outcome. The problem is that guilt is a negative emotion, the type that often runs out of stream yet still nags us long afterward. Guilt never goes away until we honestly deal with it.
I do not pretend to be a psychologist, but I will offer coaching advice. My suggestion is to analyze your actual reasons why you are making a certain resolution this new year. Your goal must be something personal that inspires you. Inspiration is a great, natural motivator. Inspiration eliminates guilt. Your real "reason why" will predict your level of successful outcome
If your goal is to sell yourself on the reason why you must achieve a certain goal, your "why" must be so large that there is no room for alternatives. This will inspire you and drive you when the going gets tough. If yours is a flimsy "why," you are better-off not even getting started, as failure is surely imminent. Your all-consuming "why" will always lead you towards your goal. Keep your eye on the target and despite all pitfalls, you will successfully find your way to the success you seek.
Make your New Year's resolutions count for something this time. Believe in yourself, trust in your abilities and let your "why" be your guide. Then do what you resolve to do. You cannot fail.