Happy New Year!
I love the beginning of a new year and the idea of a fresh start. I’ve always written down New Year’s Resolutions. Sometimes I’m good at following through, sometimes I forget all about them after two weeks. I also love reading self-help and self-improvement books. One of my favorite authors in this area is Tony Robbins. His books always get me fired up and ready to make a difference in my life. Since it’s the start of a new year and I know a lot of you have made resolutions; I thought I’d share the top 10 tips Tony Robbins has taught me about making goals and achieving them.
10 Steps To A New You
DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT – If you don’t know where you’re going, you may end up someplace you don’t much like. It’s important to sit down and decide what you really want your life to be like. Think about what your dream life would look like physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally. What would your relationships be like and what kind of work would you do? What kind of impact would you make in the world?
KNOW WHY YOU WANT IT – knowing the drive or the “why” behind your goals is just as important as defining your goals. Your goals need to have powerful purpose and meaning behind them; so much meaning that failure does not even become an option. If they aren’t meaningful enough, you’ll quickly slip into your same routine. One thing that Tony Robbins always says, is that if the “why” is about serving something bigger than yourself, you’re more likely to succeed.
TAKE MASSIVE ACTION – You don’t have to know everything or have everything planned before you start acting. If you wait until you feel ready, you never will be. Once you figure out what you want, then start working toward that goal right away. If your goal is to lose weight, you don’t have to wait until you have a gym pass and all the right gear; you can go for a run or walk outside NOW. Keep your drive by taking action every single day.
FAIL FORWARD & LEARN FROM MISTAKES – The pathway to your goals isn’t always going to be a clear A to B sort of thing. You may encounter lots of setbacks and failures. Maybe what you tried at first isn’t working. It’s important to monitor your progress and if something isn’t working, then switch it up. Learn from your mistakes, change your game plan, and most importantly just keep moving forward.
MAKE FEAR A FRIEND, NOT AN ENEMY – I know for me, fear can be totally crippling. Rather than thinking about all thing things that could happen or go wrong if we follow our dreams, start thinking about what would happen if you don’t. Imagine how amazing your life would be if you were to achieve your goals, and what you would be missing out on if you live your life playing it safe.
VISUALIZE DAILY – Take time each day to refocus your life. I like to write down my top 5-10 goals and put a picture the shows the end result next to each goal. Then, I’ll think about how incredible it will achieve those goals as I look at the photos and read my goals each day. This might sound weird, but this simple exercise makes me focused and passionate about getting things done.
PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME – Create a list of “must do” tasks and activities – work, exercise, family, mediation, etc. Plan and schedule time for your most important activities and everything else will fall into place.
BE GRATEFUL – gratitude is like a super drug. It’s the cure for jealousy, self-pity, and powerlessness. No matter how bad things might get, there is always something to be grateful for. Celebrate the little things and focus on the good. When you focus on what you have, what’s right, and what you can do, you’ll be a much happier and fulfilled person.
CREATE A SUPPORT GROUP – Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and who will support your dreams. Your friends and family should be your support group when you have a bad day they are there to cheer you on. It’s also important to surround yourself with people you look up to because you can’t help but become more like the people your constantly around.
FIND TIME TO HELP OTHERS – When you take time to help others, it helps you refocus your life on what really matters. Tony says “the secret to living is giving.” No matter your circumstances, you always have something to give. I know when I focus on the needs of others rather than myself, I feel a lot more motivated and productive. Try to be part of something bigger than yourself and you’ll be amazed how much of an impact this will make on your life.
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