This year, I want to warn against the New Year’s resolution. Clearly, I do believe that it is very useful, at this time of year, to take stock of where you are, and to make plans for getting where you want to go. I just don’t think resolutions are the best way to accomplish that. I think goal-setting is.
There is a pile of evidence to suggest that written goals are one of the most important building blocks to achievement of any kind.
Although I use goal-setting techniques extensively in my own life (every morning, in fact), I am not an expert in the field. I learned a lot of what I know from people like Tommy Newberry, Dan Sullivan, Brian Tracy, and Zig Ziglar (Are you a wandering generality, or a meaningful specific?).
Here are the essentials of goal-setting (from Newberry). Highly effective goals are:
• Stated in the present tense
• Stated positively
• specific and measurable
• Reasonable and challenging
• Thoroughly planned
If you follow even half those steps, my guess is that you will have a much better result than if you simply "make a resolution." So, as a first step, I urge you to sit down now, at the beginning of a new year, and write down your goals. And don’t make them hum-drum like "Raise sales by 10 percent." Choose big goals — ones that will challenge and inspire you. How about, "double my revenue"? Now, that will set you on fire! Or, (fill in your personal dream). Want a book to get your motor running? Try Success Is Not An Accident, by Tommy Newberry. Or The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, et al.
Happy New Year!