It certainly that time of year again with the hustle of the holidays and the New Year quickly approaching!! Are you ready? I know the year seems to have flown by and we are 10 days away from Christmas and 16 days away from the start of another New Year!!!
Hello 2018 it is almost here and surely you are aware that it has already begun the New Years resolutions begin.Everyone begins to set new goals for the up and coming year, from quitting smoking to losing weight,to start exercising regularly.
So how did you do? Di yuou have unmet goals?
You aren’t alone. In fact, most of us live with unfulfilled aspirations, which is why the self-help industry is booming industry.
Many widely used self-help techniques fail to deliver results.
Here is a story you may have heard before the “Yale Goal Study” where researchers were said to have interviewed the graduating Yale seniors in 1953, asking whether or not the students had written down specific goals that they wanted to achieve. Then twenty years down the road the researchers looked up each student and discovered that the 3% of the class who had written down their goals had accumulated more personal wealth than the other 97% combined.
Very compelling story, however complete fiction.
Best selling author Richard Wiseman went on a mission to craft a response to the bogus self-help techniques. Using a diverse range of scientific data he uncovered a proven approach to achieve any goal and it goes like this (Do This) and (Not That).They are from Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds Change Your Life in Under a Minute.
Do This: Make a Step-by-Step Plan.
-If you are serious about achieving your goal, then you need to create a step-by-step plan on how to do it.
-Successful goal-achievers break down their overall goal into sub-goals. Each sub-goal needs to be concrete, measurable and time-based.
Not That: Motivate yourself by focusing on someone that you admire.
-Studies show that focusing on someone you admire is not a strong enough motivator to see you through your goal.
Do This: Tell Other People About Your Goal.
-How badly do you want to achieve your goal? If you want it bad enough, you’ll tell your friends and family.
This technique works on two levels. First, you’ve put yourself on the spot by letting the world in on your goal, so it’s all-eyes-on-you. Failure would be public. Second, your friends and family are there to offer support and encouragement. Don’t underestimate the psychological power of having someone in your corner.
Not That: Think about the bad things.
-When you focus on the negative it becomes your reality.
Do This: Focus on the Good Things When Achieving Your Goal.
-Remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goal.
-Make a checklist of how life will be better once you have achieved your goal. This gets your focus on a positive future, one that’s worth the effort.
Not That: Try to suppress unhelpful thoughts.
-Rather than trying to erase that image of chocolate cake from your mind, learn to deal with the reality of temptation head-on.
Do This: Reward Your Progress.
-Studies show that attaching rewards to each of your sub-goals encourages success.
-Your rewards should never conflict with your major goal. When aiming to lose weight, never use food as a reward.
Not That: Rely on willpower.
-Willpower alone rarely gets anyone to their goal.
Do This: Record Your Progress.
-Make your plans, progress, benefits and rewards concrete by expressing them in writing.
-Use a hand-written journal, your computer or a bulletin board to chart your progress. This process is priceless for maintaining motivation.
Not That: Fantasize about life after achieving your goal.
-Daydreaming is fun, but simply fantasizing about your new life will not make it a reality.
Are you ready to achieve your goals once and for all? Why not start off 2018 by joining us for The Create Your Life Vision Board Workshop