What we focus on is what we get.
The problem is how do we remain focused on our goals after our New Year’s Day promise to ourselves? The answer is to create something that is visual, powerful, and flexible. Here’s a proven process to help people stick to their resolutions.
a.) Go ahead and announce to the world (your family, friends, co-workers, or clients) what you plan to do. That’s accountability and limits the amount of things you will focus on.
b.) Use index cards or Post-it Notes and write each thing you want to do in the coming year on individual cards or notes. (One goal per card.)
c.) We will now rank / prioritize these goals. Go through and put a check mark on the back of each card if your answer is “yes’ to each of the following questions. (Essentially, does this make you healthy, wealthy, wise, and fit in with who you are and what you want to be and do with your life.)
• This is something I have always wanted to do.
• This will help me to learn and grow.
• This is good for my career.
• This will make me healthier.
• This will make me happy.
• This is something I love doing.
• This is something that makes sense financially.
• This helps others and the world.
• This improves my relationships with others.
• This will earn me the respect and admiration of others.
The criteria can be whatever you want it to be, but in the end the cards with the most “yes” answers are your top goals.
d.) Using your top goals and a keyword for each, search for images online that represent what you want, how you will feel when you have it, and what your goal looks like.
e.) Plug these pictures into the software you use create a slide show. (If you can, put the keyword or a specific number you are striving for–earn $? this year–embedded in the photo. Add music (your favorite song) to make it even more customized.
d.) Save your slideshow and watch it in the morning, at lunch, and at night as a reminder of what you are focused on doing this year.