How to Set New Years Goals You’ll Actually Achieve | Part 2
Welcome back to Day 2 of our goal series, “How to Set New Years Goals You’ll Actually Achieve”.
If you haven’t read the post for Day 1, feel free to go check that out before moving on with this post!
Today I want to talk about one of THE most important components to your goal setting journey. Like I promised in yesterday’s video, I’m going to share the #1 reason why New Years Resolutions just don’t work… and how you can make sure you have the right pieces in place to not only set but actually ACHIEVE the goals you have for the New Year, and set yourself up for massive success over the next 12 months. So let’s jump in:
Why do we set goals?
At its core, goal setting is a way to achieve a different lifestyle than the one we’re currently living. Whether you want to lose weight, start a new career, write a book, take up yoga, etc… the reason behind the goal is always that you believe the achievement of that goal will have a positive impact on your lifestyle.
But setting the goal won’t cut it. You can set any goal you want, but if the RESULTS aren’t there to back it up, you haven’t achieved anything.
Taking that into consideration, we can assume the following:
Results ==> Lifestyle
Are you following me so far?
So what produces results? It doesn’t take a super genius to recognize that the act of SETTING goals will get you nowhere if you don’t take the ACTIONS necessary to bring it to fruition. So Actions ==> Results ==> Lifestyle.
And there you have it!
That’s the magic goal setting formula, isn’t it?
Actually, it’s not. And I will go so far as to say the #1 reason WHY New Years Resolutions (and a lot of other goal setting techniques) don’t work is because people assume the formula shown above is all there is to it. We want a different lifestyle, so we change our actions. That is… we change them for a few days, or a few weeks, or until we just don’t feel like changing them anymore. And therein lies the problem.
Check out this short video where I will share the ENTIRE goal setting formula you need to have in place if you want to set New Years goals you’ll actually achieve. Yes, actions, results and lifestyle are absolutely part of that formula… but if that’s ALL we’re doing, we’re destined to fail almost every time. Watch the video to see why:
So, did you follow what I shared in that video?
Your Philosophy determines your Attitude which determines your Actions which determine your Results which determine your Lifestyle.
If we want to change our lifestyle, it ALWAYS has to start with our philosophy.
If you’re not sure, think about an area in your life that you’re particularly good at… an area where the results are exactly what you want. Then ask yourself this question, “What do I believe about _________, and how does that information affect me?”
People tend to have a really strong philosophy about their jobs. They believe if they don’t show up and do a good job, they’ll get fired and won’t be able to live.
This information affects them by causing them to get up every morning when the alarm goes off, and go into work and do their job REGARDLESS of how they feel each day! How many people do you know who say, “YAY! I get to go to work today!!” But if they made their decisions based on their attitude, they wouldn’t have a job for very long… so instead, they make their decisions based on their PHILOSOPHY: “I need to show up on time and perform well if I want to keep my job and be able to live my life.”
It’s that simple.
The good news is, to create a better lifestyle in ANY area of your life, all you have to do is go to work on your Philosophy (what you know and how that information affects you) to be able to follow-through with the actions that will produce the results that will create the lifestyle you want.
Yesterday I showed you how to clarify your goals by completing an exercise I call “Your Perfect Day”
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And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to go read yesterday’s post to find out!
Once you’ve completed the exercise in workbook, your next step is to analyze all the “pieces” of that complete picture and break them down into individual areas. These areas will become the focus areas for when you set your New Years goals!
Likely, you’ll find 8 areas that fit into your perfect day:
Your Physical Environments (where do you live, what kind of house do you live in, what kind of car do you drive, etc)
Your Spiritual Life
Your Overall Lifestyle (travel, culture, daily habits and routines, etc)
Tomorrow we’ll discuss how you can set clear goals and develop action plans in each of these areas to produce the combined results to create the lifestyle you envisioned in your perfect day.
For today, I’d like you to take some time to sit and think about what your PHILOSOPHY is in each of these areas. Likely you’ll discover you have a very strong, success-oriented philosophy in some, while your philosophy in other areas may be weaker. Make note of where your philosophy lines up with what your perfect day looks like, and where those beliefs need to be shifted to fit the lifestyle you’d like to have.
Then, do some research and pull together some resources to help CHANGE your philosophy in the areas you’d like to work on!
Your philosophy is an ever-changing process. As long as you continue to grow and experience life, your philosophies on different things will continue to evolve and change. The important thing is to TAKE CONTROL of the philosophies you have that aren’t in alignment with the person you want to become… and the BEST way to do that is by diving into personal development through books and audios from people who are experts in their respective fields.
Shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to answer them!
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Can’t wait to see you tomorrow when we dive into how to set goals and develop an action plan to help you succeed!
Talk to you soon,
PS: If you want to dive deeper into identifying and changing your philosophy to achieve the success you’re looking for, you should definitely get this book: 7 Goal Setting Strategies that Work
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