Here’s another great article from Gary Ryan Blair, The Goals Guy. It’s not too late to come up with your resolutions for this year. Gary’s article covers the top ten resolutions for 2007 – Read through the list and see if any of them look familiar… I can certainly identify with most of them.
One word of advice when choosing your new years resolution.
Don’t try to accomplish all ten of them this year. Pick one – yes I said just one – to accomplish this year and focus all of your energy on accomplishing that one goal.
Too many of us try to solve ‘world hunger’, when we could make the most difference by feeding a single family. That’s just an analogy, but you get the picture.
Once you’ve chosen your single resolution for the year, don’t let anything else get in your way. Pursue that one single resolution as if you life depends on it – depending on the resolution you choose (like stop smoking or lose weight), it just may…
As you read this entire article from beginning to end, think about not only how these resolutions to your personal goals, but to your love and family relationships. Have you given them the attention they deserve?
By the way, I couldn’t resist adding my own thoughts to a few of these…
The Top Ten New Years Resolutions…
And How To Achieve Them This Year.
By Gary Ryan Blair, The GoalsGuy
New Year’s is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time. Perhaps that’s why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we become introspective. Inevitably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions, which offer the first of many important tools for remaking ourselves. The following list is the result of our extensive survey, which consisted of over 300,000 responses worldwide.
1. Lose Weight and Get in Better Physical Shape
Physical activity builds physical vitality. With every year of your life, you have more to gain from being physically active; as your age-related risks of chronic disease increase, regular exercise generally slows or reverses that trend. In fact, you’re even more likely to notice the benefits of regular exercise if you already have a chronic condition.
Are you ever going to be fit again as long as you live? The answer is unless you make a resolution to get fit – you’re never going to be fit – ever. The choice is yours; it begins by opting for the stairs instead of the elevator, fruit in place of chocolate, and active rather than sedentary activities.
Dan and Jennifer: We made a very simple commitment this year to do some sort of physical activity (that actually gets our heart rate up) for 10 minutes every day. Walking from the sofa to the mail box doesn’t count! One of our favorite activities is walking our two really awesome doggies, Cujo (a 10 pound Yorkie), and Sasha (a 90 pound German Shepherd). Can guess whose dog is whose?
2. Stick to a Budget
It’s been said that the best defense is a good offense. Developing and sticking to a realistic budget is a brilliant offensive move as it prevents overspending and ensures peace of mind. Many people find it very difficult to stick to a budget. It does take hard work and a lot of self-discipline, at least in the beginning. The good news is that most people find the longer they can stick to a budget, the easier it becomes.
Dan and Jennifer: We actually addressed this one last year. Neither of us has ever been very good at creating, much less sticking to a budget.
Last August we read a really great book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, and attended a free 3 day seminar, the Millionaire Mind Intensive, from Peak Potentials, founded by T. Harv Ecker. Ecker is a very well known guru in the area of personal development / betterment.
I’m not going to go into the details here, you’ll have to read the book to get the very simple strategies that have helped us triple our savings and always have more than enough money to pay our bills and have fun at the same time. I highly recommend at least reading the book…
3. Debt Reduction
One of the first things you have to do before any debt can be eliminated is to stop using charge accounts. If you continue to use the accounts, you are only fueling the problem, and building on it, not solving it. Make a resolution now to stop charging anything and to get financially stable. If you can’t pay cash for it, you don’t need it, make it just that simple and you will find yourself out of debt in no time at all.
Keep a diary of all money spent, whether it is by cash, check, credit card, etc. Once you know where your money is going, then, and only then, can you take the steps needed to prepare a good budget that you can live with and make huge strides to budgeting your debt away.
Dan and Jennifer: I absolutely agree on this one! If you don’t’ have the cash, don’t buy. Pretty simple in theory and yet difficult to implement. One suggestion on this one – stop watching TV! When watching TV, you’re constantly inundated with ads telling you everything that you need to buy.
4. Enjoy More Quality Time with Family & Friends
More and more people are resolving to spend more quality time with family and friends this year. This means you must consciously decide to actively and purposely work on improving your family situation every day. You may need to do such things as reschedule business activities to make time for your kids, help your children set and achieve worthwhile goals, and setting aside an hour a day for the family, every day.
Starting right now, you can begin to make choices and take day-to-day actions that will create nothing short of a phenomenal family. You can choose to have one if you just resolve to do it and know where to put your focus. Making our families stronger and healthier is important to our communities, our state and our world.
Dan and Jennifer: Dan and I make time to go on a date at least once per week and spend quality time with the girls 3-4 times per week. It may be it’s just reading time before bed or a one on one ‘chic’ date, but it’s time that’s important.
5. Find My Soul Mate
Romance is alive and well as more and more people are looking for that special someone, their soul mate who lights their fire, the ONE whom they love unequivocally and who shares their worldview.
Soul mate relationships are the sort of romantic relationships most of us dreamt of when we were young and innocent: loving and erotic, committed and inspiring and best of all – lasting. Soul mate relationships give both partners the fulfillment that deeply satisfies them and makes them feel that they have found the most wonderful person in the whole universe.
Dan and Jennifer: Done! You have to be open to the possibility and willing to take action when the possibility presents itself, even if it means giving up something or someone else.
6. Quit Smoking
Becoming a non-smoker is probably one of the best decisions you can ever make, and is a life changing as well as a life saving decision. The benefits to your health, relationships, finances, vitality, and the environment and to your sense of self-esteem for having conquered a really hard-to-kick habit will make any and all of your efforts and determination more than worth while. The resolution to become a non-smoker will also help you to live longer and enjoy the finer things in life.
Once you’ve made the resolution to stop, acted upon it and succeeded, you’ll feel great about what you have achieved. Resolving to give up is your decision, and will improve your life from that moment on. No one can make you quit, and no one can help you make the resolution. You have to do it yourself, you have to want to do it, and you need to do it now!
Dan and Jennifer: Duh! …
7. Find a Better Job
A new year provides a sense of getting a free do-over, so you can try again and get it right. Many people resolve to find better jobs or to take a new approach to the jobs they’ve already got. It’s corny, but true — most of us get reflective at this time of year and if we are in jobs already, we begin thinking: Am I on the right path? Do I like where my position and my company are headed? Am I even in the right career?
So you’ve been hearing that voice again, the one that says you’re not doing what you were born to do. That may be true, but how do you figure out what you should be doing? To begin answering this question, examine whether your current career path matches your core interests, beliefs, values, needs and skills. Resolve to ask and answer those essential questions before making any new career changes.
Dan and Jennifer: Here’s a novel idea… Is a better job really the answer? My suggestion here is to read The Passion Test book, take the passion test, and follow your passions. Trust me… Your life will improve when you follow your passions and stop listening to what others say you should be doing!
8. Learn Something New
People throughout the world are realizing that a strong resolve to lifelong learning is more than just education and training beyond formal schooling. A lifelong learning framework encompasses learning throughout the life cycle, from cradle to grave and in different learning environments, formal, non-formal and informal.
Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language or musical instrument, or just how to become a better cook? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating and beneficial resolutions to keep. Challenge your mind in the coming year, break out of currents routines and challenge every comfort zone and watch your horizons expand.
Dan and Jennifer: Dan and I are constantly learning and growing. From my perspective, if you stop learning, you die – at least spiritually and emotionally.
9. Volunteer and Help Others
A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms such as spending time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house to name a few. Volunteering has risen sharply in the years since we began collecting resolutions. This suggests the possible emergence of a new civic generation and a resolve to make a bigger and better difference with your life.
Resolve to replace the pursuit of success and materialism with the pursuit of contribution and generosity. For this to occur, the critical question must move from, “How can I become successful?” to, “What can I contribute that will significantly impact other people’s lives?” By focusing on what we can contribute, we automatically become successful.
Dan and Jennifer: Have you ever heard of the Law of Tenfold Return?
The Law of Tenfold Return is a Universal Principle that simply says that gifts freely given return to the grantor good fortune equal to or greater than ten times the loss. It works on the principle that when a vacuum is created it must be filled, when a seed is magically planted, it will bear fruit greater that its weight and original value.
10. Get Organized
Resolve this year to plan your days, reduce interruptions, clean off your desk, say “No”, and make detailed lists. The benefits of getting more organized include being able to save time as you no longer look for the same things over and over again or need to replace things you can’t find at all.
You will reduce stress because when you know where everything is, there’s no last-minute rush to find what you need and get out the door on time for school, soccer practice, or that important business meeting. You will also find yourself being much more productive, as all the time you once spent looking for things can now be used to do more important or more enjoyable tasks.
Most people define being organized as quickly and easily able to find what you need. While this is certainly true, organization is so much more. The ability to staying organized lets you focus on accomplishing your most important goals. That’s the true benefit of being organized.
Dan and Jennifer: I’ve recently been studying Feng Shui and clutter absolutely kills the energy flow around you. After a short clutter clearing exercise (my office, bathroom, and closet), my energy levels sky-rocketed. I’m certainly a believer!
Life Will Not Go According To Plan If You Do Not Have a Plan.
Knowing what your resolutions are for 2007 is good. However if you want to make this year different and actually achieve what you set out to accomplish this year, then you need a plan to make that happen.
Having a strategic plan for your life separates you from the 85% of the people who never accomplish a single resolution they set for themselves. Click here to discover how to create your own Personal Strategic Plan for 2007.
Gary Ryan Blair, having sold over 4.5 million books on goal setting and achievement, working with more than 60% of the Fortune 500 companies to help their employees achieve their goals, and appearing in countless publications from USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, the BBC and more for his expertise in this area, Gary Ryan Blair has earned the title The Goals Guy.