As we move in to 2017, ready or not, most of us start thinking about what this year will bring, and what we will do from our long ‘to-do’ list, finally. I’m going to suggest that you don’t do that.
Certainly, this is a great time to stop and reflect on what went well last year, what we are grateful for, and where we want to go in our lives this new year.
Too often, however, we get stuck thinking about the unfinished business and goals not yet reached from last year that derails a positive start. With that, here are my…
3 Tips for Your Best Year
1 – Mind the Gap. Really, we spend more time looking in the rear-view mirror than we do looking forward. We often find ourselves measuring progress against some goal or ambition that is like chasing the horizon – the goal evolves as time passes, but we rarely focus on the progress we have made. Instead we instinctively focus on the gap between where we are now and where we want to be. This is trap for ambitious people. Being conscious of this and considering all the progress we have made so far can really change your feeling about your progress toward any goal. Humans are wired to problem-solve and achieve goals. By changing the focus to progress not the gap, you can have a very powerful impact on your motivation to keep moving in the direction you want to go, knowing you are making progress despite not having ‘arrived’ yet – especially if the destination keeps changing.
2 – No More Goal-Setting. We should all have an end game in mind – but achieving what you want in 2017 – whether it is to lose weight, get improve physical fitness, or get a promotion – it all really comes down to momentum, not fixation on the goal. Having a rigid goal in your mind every day can often lead to the gap in point number 1. Instead, just do one thing every day that moves you closer to your desired outcome for this year. That will ensure that by the end of 2017, you will have done 365 things that move you closer to your dream – that’s powerful.
3 – Habits = Success. One question I get often is, “How do you get so much done?”. Fair question. In 2016 I made a change to my routine (and I have a routine I do not break from). Given that my daughter goes to bed early and consequently wakes up early, I moved my schedule to accommodate. I go to bed at 8pm (admittedly that took some getting used to). I sleep 8 hours. I get up at 4am and work for 2 hours, exercise and get ready for the day, have breakfast as a family, and go to work. By doing this, I get 2 hours of focus time every day that I would never have. Do that for 365 days and you get 730 ultra-productive hours to get some real momentum going in your life.
You may be thinking one or more of these points is not possible for you. I would suggest that at least some aspect of each of them is. It may take some tweaking but again – it’s about momentum – just do something to improve every day, and in 365 days you will have had your best year ever.
Thank-you for your trust in NDC, your loyalty and referrals. I wish you a magnificent 2017!