Happy New Year and welcome to 2015 the ride of your life. Are you ready for a great year? Did you prepare and plan to do something different in 2015 than you did in 2014? I hope the answer is yes and I also hope that your work didn’t involve the tired old way that 90% of the people behave by making resolutions. Resolutions don’t work and we know this because a recent poll indicated that about 8% of people who make New Year resolutions actually accomplish them. The reason why resolutions don’t work is because people fall off the minute they take their focus off the resolution or the first time something goes wrong.
I encourage you to make goals instead of resolutions. Write them and place them somewhere where you can see them daily. However, before you set goals I would encourage you to make a list of the 100 dreams you have for yourself and like the saying goes a goal is a dream with a plan. Once you articulate your dreams on paper or in a dream book, then create goals around your dreams. Once you set the goals focus on what it would mean to accomplish your goal. Envision what it looks, feel and even smells like. By focusing on the reward we stay connected to the goal and as human beings, we are motivated by the rewards. The other way to stay motivated that works is to be acutely aware of what it would mean if we did not reach our goal because a lot of times by knowing the consequences of not achieving a goal we stay motivated just so that we don’t have to experience the consequences. Whatever is your motivator go hard, especially in these first few weeks of the New Year to move you closer to your goals.
Remember that creating dreams, and setting goals will not be easy, in fact it shouldn’t be easy. By making Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) it ensures us that our dreams are bigger than our fears which is a prerequisite for seeing that our dreams come true.
Lastly, to dream big and to set goals that are considered BHAG’s we need to have a positive approach to 2015. In a book that I recently read called The Energy Bus the author Jon Gordon lays out 10 rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy.