Attitude is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
How was your 2016? Good? Bad?
How do you want your 2017 to be? I think everyone wants to be optimistic and hopeful for the new year.
Planning, preparing, and goal setting certainly don’t guarantee success – but I do believe that a plan increases our chances of success.
In the spirit of preparing to hit the starting line, enjoy the article below from my buddy Michael Josephson.
The tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions reflects one the very best qualities of human nature – the ability to reflect on and assess our lives in terms of the goals we set for ourselves and the principles we believe in.
It’s still not too late to formulate a self-improvement plan to make our outer lives and inner selves better by adopting more positive attitudes, living up to our highest values, and strengthening our relationships.
I hope the past year will go down in your book of life as one filled with great pleasures and grand memories. But whether the year was good, bad, or indifferent, I hope you’ll enter the new year wiser and stronger for your experiences, and optimistic that the best is yet to come.
A vital quality of a happy and successful personal and professional life is continual growth spurred by a commitment to learn through study and experience. This requires the humility to accept that however good you are you can get better and the ambition to be better.
As you look forward to the future – the place where you’ll spend the rest of your life – it’s smart to look back at the immediate past and objectively assess what went well and what didn’t in your job, your relationships, your health, and your overall sense of fulfillment. What did you learn that can make your life better?
If you had a bad year, it’s possible you were a wholly innocent victim, or maybe your own actions or attitudes contributed to serious grief or unhappiness. Either way, please accept my best wishes and sincere condolences. Please be careful, however, not to wallow in sorrow, sympathy, shame, or self-doubt. Don’t allow yesterday’s pain to become tomorrow’s suffering.
Be accountable, but be fair to yourself.
Start the next stage of your life’s journey with optimism and confidence.
Remember, you’re the captain of your own ship. Take the wheel, choose your course, and get on your way.
There may be rough seas ahead, but there will also be enough achievement, growth, reconciliation, and true joy to make the journey worth it.
Abe Lincoln pointed out that one of the good things about the future is it always comes one day at a time.
May this new year be your best year – so far.
Goals … Commitments … Habits
Why should we set goals? Why should we walk in to the new year with a game plan? (Whether it’s a 90 day game plan or a 2012 game plan)
Simply put: Having specific, measurable goals with game plans increases our odds of success. If we had to place a bet on 2 different drivers racing across the country (Driver A has a map; Driver B does not have a map), who would we put your money on? Well defined goals do not guarantee success; they simply increase the probability of success.
Ok – so we buy in to having goals. Now the question is: What can we do to make sure that our goals become reality?
Here’s my answer:
Turn goals in to commitments. Turn commitments in to habits.
Here’s an interesting way to look at commitments.
I wonder how many more of our Leaders would become Owners if they had to invest $100,000 in to their businesses on their starting dates (as Entry Level Reps)? Imagine if the $100k investment was lost if the Leader did not finish the race and become an Owner. Most entrepreneurs have to raise capital and/or borrow money before they start. They take risks and are highly committed.
Obviously if people made that level of commitment, the follow through would be there for all of our people.
Success follows committed people. We see this in sports, business, music, parenting, marriages, etc. The big “C” word can be scary – but let it be told: Commitment is a completely necessary ingredient in the formula for success.
Commit to your goals. Time is too valuable to waste.
Goals become commitments. Now commitments need to be transformed in to great habits.
A habit is defined as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” Making or changing a habit can be a difficult undertaking. There are several key habits that are necessary to be successful. A few of the non-negotiables are:
- Having a positive attitude regardless of the circumstance
- Having an impeccable work ethic
- Underpromise and overdeliver
- Our word is our bond
- Following through on the things we start
Here are some things to keep in mind about forming a habit:
- We must earnestly want to do it. We must have purpose in our hearts to make something habitual.
- Find out how. We must invest time with mentors and people that are in the positions that we are seeking.
- Surround ourselves with reminders. Put post-it notes on our fridges, mirrors, alarm clocks, cars. Set reminders on our smart phones.
- Tell others about our intentions. Having our goals out in the open keeps us more accountable and makes our resolve feel more real.
- Repetition is essential. Twice in a row does not make a habit. Habits are formed slowly, over long periods of time, through constant repetition, so don’t expect change overnight. Take it one day at a time. It has been said that it takes repeating an action 28 times for it to become a habit.
- A failure is not an excuse to give up. If you fail along the way, you will be tempted to quit. Winston Churchill said it best: “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
I’ll close this blog with one of my favorite quotes:
“I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly, correctly. I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people; and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human being. You may run me for a profit or turn me for ruin; it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am habit.” – Anonymous
All the best to our team in 2012!