There is no time to waste. Another year is winding down and the dawn of a new year is upon us.
A recent study suggested that people will spend more time thinking about how to ring in the New Year than they will spend figuring out what they want to accomplish in the coming year.
What would it take to make 2015 your best year ever?
“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
— George Eliot
If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
What if your new year was defined by:
- Living by choice, not by chance.
- Making changes, not excuses.
- Working to excel, not compete.
- Seeking purpose through prayer, not through the opinions of others.
- Being motivated by goals, not obligation.
Hold fast your dreams! Within your heart keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go, and sheltered so, may thrive and grow. Where doubt and fear are not. Oh keep a place apart, within your heart for little dreams to go! Be not simply good, be good for something.
— Henry David Thoreau
When we look back on the past year we will find five common reasons why people did not achieve what they hoped for or expected.
- Failure to build a plan that reflected their greatest desires and needs.
- The planning process was too difficult.
- Pursuit of too many goals.
- Failure to execute their plan.
- Failure to review their progress and adjust to changing situations and conditions.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. ”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The New Year will unfold whether we have a plan or not. And for most it unfolds without a plan. It is shocking to find out that only 8% of the people who made new years resolutions last year will achieve them. And it makes no difference whether you are young or old. Only 39% of people in their 20’s will achieve their resolutions, and only 14% of those of people in their 50’s will achieve their resolutions.
What would it take to make this your best year ever? I have asked this question a lot and the answer comes down to two things. The first thing we want most is to build and enjoy better relationships with the people who matter most in our lives. Second, we want to achieve more of our goals. We truly want to be pursuing dreams rather than routines.
I would like to help you make this your best year ever. I put “Your Best Year Ever” together with three objectives in mind.
- Make it simple. That is way there are only six steps.
- Make it helpful to identify what is truly important. That is why each step leads you to focus on goals that support your most important roles and relationships.
- Make is easy to complete. You can complete the plan in only 60 minutes. There will be more you can do and add to the plan over time but in 60 minutes you will have build yourself a great plan.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
— Andrew Carnegie
Imagine the reach and impact of making this coming year your best year ever! Imagine building more powerful connections with the people who matter most to you. Imagine reaching more of your goals that open the door to more opportunities and personal impact.
Question: What is the most meaningful thing you would like to accomplish in the next year? You can leave a comment by clicking here.