October 16, 2021

New year. New You. What’s your vision for 2020 and beyond?

A new beginning often makes us feel excited and curious. It can be the start of a new job, a new school, a new city, or a new chapter in life like getting married, having the first child, or maybe retiring from work. Besides these life events, the beginning of a New Year can give similar feelings and expectations.

Especially, if it is the year 2020, and it is the start of a new decade. This time the possibility of long-term focus and vision for the future is more appealing as any other year that was not as big in calendar spans. Depending where you are in your life, you might be inclined to use this significant date in time to think of a different future that would make life more fulfilling, more prosperous, more connected.

Many people have a ritual that guides them every year in planning for the year(s) ahead. Usually it includes looking back on what happened in the past year. Did you achieve all the goals you set? Which ones did not get the results you wanted and why was that? What were some obstacles you had to overcome? How did you do this? What other wins can you celebrate? Answering all these questions will help in thinking of the goals and resolutions for the coming year.

Often people forget that it might take more time to accomplish a goal. For example, if you want to lose a substantial amount of weight, the time to get to the target weight could take longer as one year. However, if you are half way at the end of the year, you can be proud of the determination to stay with the goal you set on January 1.

What’s your vision for 2020?

So, just to clarify, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. Most of the time, New Year’s resolutions are more like goals. The definition of a goal is something a person aims for, ambition or effort to achieve a specific result.

Using the weight loss example, to lose one hundred pounds is a goal. The decision to not eat out for lunch but brownbag healthy salad is a resolution. Same goes for the resolution to walk every day 30 minutes. Both resolutions will help you achieve your goal. However, the intention to lose weight by itself will not result in the expected outcome if the steps to get there are missing.

The date of January 1 makes it easy to track your progress. But if you don’t like the attention for this date to reflect and make plans, any day is fine. Choose your birth date, or the date school starts or any big day in your life. If you think it is all rubbish to do this, I’m fairly sure that at some time in your life and in the future, you will set intentions to aim for something.

As shown above, just setting goals is not enough. To use a famous quote: “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. Hence, write them down. That’s step one.

Next, for each of them, plan a date/year you want to achieve this goal considering how complicated, necessary resources, or how challenging the goal is. Examples: A new job in 6 months, or buy my dream house in 2 years.

Now, for every goal start with the end in mind and work backwards to get all the steps to get there. For the job accept the contract is the last step, but the interview is probably a bigger topic. Take a look at the qualifications needed. Do you need to take a class? Write your resume. Off course there are many more smaller action items to handle.

After completing this last step life might look daunting and hard to manage. The solution: taking one step at the time for only one goal. Select one that can be accomplished this year and start to take action for the first step. For the other objectives, think of something you can do right away to get the process started. But don’t stop here. Use your calendar to plan each action step ahead for the year so you don’t lose sight of what you want to accomplish.

If you are still unsure if this is something you want to do, another way to think about your goals and be reminded of them constantly, is to create a vision board. Visualizing the experiences you want to feel, the lifestyle you want, the way you want to be, and using images, words and quotes have the same purpose: focus and attention on what is important to you and how you can direct energy and efforts in making it happen.

There’s one more thing to be successful: Commitment. Doing whatever it takes to attain the goal you wrote down. No matter how long it takes. No matter how often you stumble and get up again.  Belief, courage and focus are three ingredients to pursue the road to successful reaching a goal.

What to do now?

If you are a writer and want to dig deep in setting goals, get yourself a nice journal and start on page one.

If you are a creative person and rather make the vision board, here is a link to a 5-day challenge on “How to create a vision board” (recorded videos).

For 2020 or the new decade, what is your most important goal? For me, it is to retire from my job by the end of this year. Drop your number one goal as a comment below. It will tell the universe that you want to achieve it.

Zero Doubt and Zero Resistance!

Have you been watching all the webinars and videos about how to achieve your goals that have been offered by all the Network Marketing Experts and Personal Development Coaches in the past three or four weeks? I did. Some evenings I had signed up for two or three, counting that they all would have a replay or encore session. Many had great tips and practical action steps to get started. However, writing them down, is the easy part. Creating your game plan for 2016 is not an activity that can be accomplished in half an hour, but needs some in-depth and realistic view at those areas that you want to get better results in the year ahead.

Running: Going forward at a fast speed

Running: Going forward at a fast speed

Mindset

This blog post is not about how to create a results driven game plan, but more about your attitude and expectations about yourself to be able to work diligently and consistently on those activities that move you in the right direction. What is the biggest obstacle that will block your road to success?

It is human nature to doubt the outcome of a decision to become reality. The opposite of doubt is belief. When you make a choice to do something you either think it will happen, you belief you can do it, or you doubt that it will work and you are not committed to give it your 100%. Some of us are naturally positive thinkers and have a clear vision of achieving their plans. But the majority of us, has learned in life that not everything will happen the way you want it.

This is a conundrum that can temper any action you take because you look at each step from all angles and then let some weak excuse determine if you’ll do it or not. Why is it that some are achieving anything they want and others struggle? It all comes down to stories you have made up throughout your life that keep popping up any time you need to take action. You know which ones I mean.

 

Solution

There is really only one solution: ignore all the BS that you have been feeding yourself and step up! Get over the feel-good-feeling of lamenting to yourself why you are living a mediocre lifestyle and your to-do-list that still shows tasks from two years ago. It serves you to think that you cannot become the person you were destined to be. You prefer the comfort of your family, friends and the job you have for the last 5 or 10 years blaming the economy for not changing. However, a coin has 2 sides and with everything you do or not do, you make a choice that affects the rest of your life.

Change is not easy. Small changes can have a big effect over time. Creating a new habit asks for determination and discipline. It is like learning to ride a bike. First you need someone to hold it, then you are left by yourself and it works. And when you get better at keeping it in motion, it becomes fun and you enjoy the ride! It takes courage to take a new direction.  For those who have a big goal to accomplish consider that the journey to get there is part of the process. The road can have bents and bumps, but at the end you know your destination. Have faith and trust your guts that you were created for doing something significant.

 

Dare to be you!

For me, I know where I’m going. I have not everything figured out yet, and probably will have to adjust the course. My game plan for the year is broken down in monthly action plans. Each month I will evaluate what I completed and amend the plan for next month accordingly. Writing this blog post has let me express how I think about my own habits and feelings. And that I really am a coward that does not walk what I talk and preach about. Something has to change!

Indeed, the only way to leave a legacy and to fulfill my mission in this life is to do whatever it takes. Therefore, my 2016 motto: Be Committed, Be Confident, Be Consistent! This quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt says it best!

Zero Doubt!

Thus I declare going forward:

Zero Doubt! Zero Resistance!

Take the Challenge and kick-start 2015

Today, I had the chance to listen to a short 30 minutes webinar while on my lunch break. I like to be productive and learn something while I eat my healthy salad.

In my last post I mentioned that there are many resources on the internet now at the beginning of the year that can help with establishing new habits or achieving goals. I actually found two excellent programs that I think will give me a kick-start for 2015.

 

Darren Hardy Daily Mentoring

Since Monday I’m participating in the 30 days of Daily Mentoring by Success Magazine publisher Darren Hardy. Every day you receive an email early morning with a short video that explains the next step in the process to conquer your dreams. You then get a few action steps that you can do in just a few minutes. It gets you thinking about the issues that are preventing you to go after your dreams and living a life that is not mediocre.

Darren Hardy is great in breaking things down in smaller chunks, so by doing every day something small you can change your mindset. It also allows you to continue the momentum of starting the day with something that helps you develop in the person you want to become. Many coaches and teachers believe that in a period of 30 days a bad habit can be broken and more beneficial routines can be incorporated in a lifestyle. Don’t think that it is too late now to start! You still can catch up on the first five steps when you register at www.darrendaily.com tonight. You receive his next email for step 6 tomorrow, on Monday 01/12/2015.

 

 

“Go-or-NO”

Another program that can be very beneficial for anyone who is in sales or has to reach a quota is called “Go-for-NO”. If you need leads or clients to purchase what you sell or to become a business partner, then this 7-day challenge might be the right thing for you.  Andrea Waltz explains why you should embrace hearing “NO” more often, and be less sensitive to the outcome of your offer of services or products to any person.

We are all conditioned in our thinking and feeling that “NO” is not good and is seen as a failure. However, in order to get more positive results you need to talk to more people. Take a 7 day period (or a 30 day Period) and set your targets for each day and “Go-for-NO”. Andrea is coaching this 7-day challenge that started on Thursday, 01/08/2015.

I must admit, I have been doing other things for my business and will start on Monday 01/12/2015. NO more Excuses!

Go For No!

I hope this information helps you to find a way to improve your business and whatever it is that you want to achieve. Let me know if you liked my post in a comment below.

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