Focus, Clarity and Persistence will Make 2016 the Best Year of Your Life
How did 2015 turned out for you? Are you satisfied with the results you have managed to achieve this year? If you are like the majority of people I have interviewed, you reached the end of another year, where you felt worn out and frustrated. You tried really hard, worked long hours and yet the meaningful life changing results you were seeking, just seem to elude you. Now is the time to finally choose to make the few small shifts necessary to change everything in 2016. Yes it is going to take daily discipline, consistent effort and work, but if you continue down the same path you chose for 2015, again next year, you will just keep getting the same results, year after year.
Start 2016 off a little differently to the way you have done things in the past, do not enter next beating your chest, proclaiming your massive transformation to everyone that will listen. Only to have your newfound transformation dwindle to a whimper and disappear before January is even finished. Do not go blazing into the New Year with great intentions, enthusiasm and massive expectations about what you are going to do to make things better next year. Rather start the year slowly and just remain consistent for the entire year.
Action Idea: Invest time into discovering the few crucial components necessary to create and sustain your future success.
- What does success really mean to me?
- What do I love to do and how can I make it possible for myself to make a living doing that?
- What are my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
- What skills, abilities or knowledge do I need to acquire, to attract the kind of success I really want in my life?
- What is my real vision for the future?
Once you have the answers to these questions you have the foundation for making meaningful changes and setting realistic goals for yourself in 2016. When you understand who you are and what is really important to you, it is far easier to stay focused, disciplined and on track, as you are taking actions every day that are aligned with who you are and the results you will enjoy will be meaningful and of real value to you.
After completing this presentation by one of the most entertaining and informative motivational speakers in South Africa and investing the time to answer the questions above, the next step is to set some realistic goals that are aligned with what you really want. Be careful not to make the same fundamental mistakes that you have made in the past where you set too many goals or expected too much from yourself. When you try to tackle too many goals at a time, attempt to change too many ingrained behaviours at once or attempt to do too much, too fast, too soon, you are setting yourself up for failure.
Action Idea: Break your year into 90 day segments. Choose only one goal to achieve during each period. Focus all your energy on only this one priority, shelve all other goals until you have realised just this one goal. This level of focus will help you to not feel overwhelmed and let you gradually make the changes you need, so that you can sustain your efforts for the long haul.
After identifying your one important goal, identify a few new key behaviour changes, which will assist you to achieve this goal. Remember the habits or behaviours that you are attempting to replace, have existed for a number of years, they are ingrained and part of who you have become. Breaking the poor habits that have kept you away from achieving your goals over the past few years is hard enough, without you attempting to introduce too many at once. Choose only one or two behaviours at a time and really use your willpower to carry out these new behaviours every day, until they become ingrained habits after about 90 days.
When your goals are aligned with what you really want and you focus your energy on achieving one goal at a time, you never feel overwhelmed, you fell energised and everything seems to just work. Commit to walk slowly into 2012 and stay consistent all year, taking the daily actions you know are necessary and the results that you will realise next year will astound you.