Resolution- a word which means promises I won’t keep. Don’t resolve. Plan and execute. Make your dreams happen.
It’s the beginning of the new year, and the world over people are resolving to make positive changes in their lives. Right now you are doing the same thing. Like you have every year, you are sitting down with paper and pen, writing up a list of things to change. It may be losing weight. It may be improving your fitness. It’s something that you’ve been working on for years.
The sure fire way to continue to make and break resolutions is to keep doing what you’ve done before. This year, take a different approach. Before you sit down to write up your resolutions, take a moment to write down 10 reasons why you failed last year.
Don’t sugar coat it. Don’t make excuses. Just write down 10 reasons why you didn’t achieve your goals last year.
This is your road map for the new year. You now know the things which have a high potential to trip you up. Look at those reasons. How often have you been forced to put your plans aside for someone else? It doesn’t matter who that person is. It can be your boss, spouse, or kid. The bottom line is that you are putting your needs last.
Now take out your pen and start you resolution list. Look at those promises you want to make in the new year. Now throw that list away. Resolutions are promises that people never seem to keep. You don’t want to do that this year. You want to make these promises stick.
Take you list of 10 reasons you failed. Reason 1- I kept putting myself last. Rewrite that.
This year I WILL put myself first.
Now tell me how.
I will put myself first by scheduling my workout like it’s an appointment. Just like I don’t skip on appointments with clients, I am not skipping an appointment with myself.
I wil put myself first by saying ‘NO’ to people who mean well, but don’t really have my best interests at heart. That little bit of pasta you want me to try? I can’t do that. Not yet.
I will put myself first and remember that an emergency means someone is in danger of being dead. If that ain’t happening, I have enough time to finish my workout.
The path to your success isn’t going to be found in the pages of a new workout book. It’s not something you can like on Facebook. The path will be found when you look back at your failures. That’s where you start.
So tell me what your list looks like.