The New Year is upon us and I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of not making any New Year resolutions the past couple of years. Year after year I would make the same resolutions and year after year, I would fail and give up just the same. I just figured, what was the point in wasting my time planning for what will end up in failure and disappointment anyway? So one year I just stopped.
The struggle is real–I am not alone and neither are you.
Out of the people who still actually make New Years resolutions, statistics show that 95% of them will break them by January 15th. So what is it about a change of date on the calendar that makes us suddenly want to finally do something about our lives and why can’t we stick to it? Perhaps the beginning of the calendar marks the dawn of a fresh start, a new season in life untainted from the blemishes of past mistakes and failed attempts. We stumble upon a new year with high hopes and limited willpower, caught within the same cycle of deeply-seeded rituals that have kept us hopelessly trapped in our struggles.
“Change is never a matter of ability, it’s always a matter of motivation.”
– Tony Robins
Truth is, if you want to see things turn around in your life, you don’t have to wait for January 1st; the opportunity for change is always now. The matter of whether or not you have the ability to change is already settled–you can do it! The real question is: are you ready and willing to do something about it now?
I recently came across a You Tube video featuring motivational speaker and author, Tony Robbins, entitled “New Year, New You (2017 Motivation)” and it inspired me to make–not just New-Years’ resolutions, but real, lasting changes. The plan that is set forth is not complicated, but it does require effort and action on your part. If you are tired of the same problems in your life and are finally motivated to make real improvements, then here are four steps from Tony’s video to help you get there:
“Select an area of your life you would like to improve and describe what that area is like for you currently. Be Specific!” This is the time to be evaluate and identify specific issues. You can’t fix issues you are not willing to admit to having.
“Write down the rituals that have shaped your current conditions in this area. Be honest!” Failure doesn’t just happen overnight. There are things we habitually do that take us to the places we end up. The more honest you are with yourself about your habits, the clearer you will see where you need to make changes.
“Write down what you want. What’s your compelling vision? Be specific!” Think about what you specifically want in terms of vision. A compelling vision (as opposed to a short-term wish) will always pull you back on track when you’ve gone off of it or feel like giving up.
“Write down the rituals that will get you your compelling vision. What would you need to do differently each day to get what you want?” Think about the things you would need to do to accomplish your vision. Create a plan and establish rituals that support your goals. Keep it simple, practical and make it your new standard in order to transform your goals into a permanently improved lifestyle.
So remember, this is your year; the year to finally get your life to that place you’ve always wanted. Forget the past, raise your standards and don’t settle for anything less! Even if you mess up, realize it’s not over and get back on track; focus on your vision for your life. Watch your words and only speak what you want, not what you have, and you will find this year will be the best one yet. Own it; this is your year!
Happy New Year, my dears!