Are you setting yourself up for success or failure in 2014?
By now most of us have set the bar high for new aspirations and goals for this year. How amazing to clear the clutter of the past and jumpstart into the present 2014! New beginnings help us to create the best versions of ourselves. Statistic says that only 9% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolution by the end of the next year. Why such small rates of success? How can you stand out of the crowd and hit your mark?
Here is my recommended recipe for success in 2014!
1. Set goals that are both CHALLENGING and REALASITC
The 93% percent of people who do not meet their goal create unrealistic goals. Set yourself up for success by creating a goal that will fit in to your current lifestyle. For example, a lot of people want to get in shape for the new year but might currently only work out once a month. Setting a goal to work out every day in 2014 is almost impossible to achieve because it requires a very large shift in current lifestyle. A more realistic goal is to work out once a week for January, twice a week for February, and so on, until the working out IS every day!
2. Set a realistic plan of ACTION and MOTIVATION to achieve that goal
Success is contingent upon action. We are all big dreamers and very few are big actualizers. What is the difference? Successful people are constantly motivated to ACT. Make sure that you have a goal that gets you excited to achieve! Find ways to remind yourself about your purpose and your commitment to success. Just like building a house, you have to start with the foundation. What are the bricks that need to be laid first in order to create your goal? Create a solid plan, stick to it, and success is a guarantee.
3. Be PICKY
Manifestation is most easily achieved through specifics. How will you recognize what you are looking for if you don’t even know what ideal looks like, feels like, or even tastes like? For example, if your goal is to find a new lover don’t just let anyone walk into your life! Who is your ideal mate? What are the characteristics that you value most in a partner? Describe his/her ideal personality. What does he/she like to do in their free-time? What does this person do for a living? What does this person look like? Be as specific as you can so that when your meet your goal you can recognize that you have manifested your dreams.
4. VISUALIZE achieving that goal and the feeling of success as often as you can
Whenever your mind wanders to your goal or you are in action to your goal take a moment to embody success. The most important time to visualize is when you are near defeat! How does success feel in your body? Imagine how you will react to achieving your goal. What physical expression can you see yourself doing when you cross that finish line? Will it be high fives, jumping, fist pumps, or a touchdown dance? The more often you see the outcome of success, the more likely it is to happen.
5. Lastly, use the BUDDY System
Achieving a goal is like walking across the street when you are 5 years old. You are trying something new and this can be really scary! The best solution is to find someone to help you achieve your goal and hold you accountable to achieving it. Get a buddy! Share your goals and keep each other on track. You can also set a reminder in your phone to help you stay committed. Your buddy can help eliminate procrastination and instead create action when you get stuck!
Goal reaching requires a shift or a change in behavior. Change takes a lot of effort, time, and patience. Be realistic, be persitent, be optimistic, be diligent and you will hit your goal!
I am here to support you on your journey and with your personal goals. ~Namaste~