How to make things happen in 2013.
Have you decided to ‘try’ your best in 2013?
Or are you going to ‘Take Control and Make Things Happen?’
As much as I enjoyed Christmas it can be a peculiar time in many ways. I had a list of goals that I created 12 months ago, many of them I achieved but I found myself kicking myself at not achieving some I was sure to complete. The inevitable problems of life can take a toll and stop us from reaching our goals as quickly as we would like but that doesn’t mean you’re not good enough to achieve them and you should quit trying. In fact the realisation that you are one year older and wiser means you’re one year wiser and ready to really take control and make things happen. The process of reassessing your goals and re-calibrating your mission is perfect for getting you in the right frame of mind to produce your best.
Here is a quick check list of 5 things I recommend you do to lay the foundations for a great year ahead. I hope you find them useful.
1. Be Grateful. Have you been grumbling about having to go back to work or the state of the weather or the state of your life? Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful that you are alive. Be thankful for the opportunities that are in your life for life is amazing – fact!
2.Get out your pen and paper or your ipad/smartphone document or whatever you have and start writing your goals down if you haven’t already. Put them somewhere where you can see them, laminate them perhaps but let this be your map and compass for the year.
3. Be Accountable. Tell people about your mission and goals for the year. Tell people what you are going to do. Making yourself accountable to others will give you ownership and a strong impetus to really get moving and not lose face.
4. Get a teacher. Never be without a teacher. This can be a coach such as myself but a simple way to have a teacher is by reading the books of those people with something to teach. Books next to bed include books by Bradley Wiggins, Nelson Mandela, Viktor Frankl and Richard Branson. Who do you think could inspire you to achieve your goals? Who has already achieved similar results?
5. Start each day being productive in working on your future. What I mean by this is that there are always daily activities that we will always do, housework for example but if you choose to do something for your long term contentment first those other day to day activities will still get done. If you want to lose weight it may be doing some exercise in the morning, if you want to write a book or learn a language it may be starting that first thing. Either way if you start productively you will already be feeling more in control of your life and less of a slave to short term habits.
There are millions of people out there who at some point decide to be better than average. So let 2013 be a year of taking control and making things happen.