Why Resolutions Don’t Work: Make Changes that Last in 2011

With the dawn of a new year, millions of Americans will be making resolutions: diet, fitness, business, money, and by March, millions of Americans have also abandoned their goals.

Why?

There are many reasons, and here are just a few:
-Life gets in the way
-They only “intended” to do what they set out to do, but will not commit to doing them.
-They set unrealistic goals
-They claim it is too hard
-People just “try” to make them work, without actually doing the work

So how can we set goals that we will really achieve?

HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS:

1.     Don’t make too many resolutions!!
Pick just a few goals that you really want to work on and that have meaning for you.  It could be 2- 5 goals for the year.  Make sure you pick one thing you really want to do this year and do it.  With this one goal, make it so big and exciting that you are willing to get up in the morning early, and stay up late at night, just to get you closer to your goal.  It is a goal important enough to you that by the end of the year, if you don’t achieve that goal, you’ll be missing out on something.

2. Small attainable goals
Set goals you can actually achieve.  For example, if you are just starting out in a network marketing business, don’t expect to make $500,000 this year.

3.  Take the word “TRY” out of your vocabulary
So many people say they will “try” to lose weight, or quit smoking or start exercising, or get going in their business, but never succeed.  Why is that?  When someone says they will “try” they are not actually committing to anything.  They are only committing to the ‘attempt’ to make a commitment, which is a cop-out.  Instead, make the actual commitment to DO or NOT DO something.

4.     Find an accountability partner
This step will make a HUGE impact on your life, especially in business.  Find someone who is at the same level you are either professionally or personally.  Plan out your day and week together and speak with your accountability partner daily.  Take this role seriously if you want to experience success and to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

5.     Actually COMMIT to change
When you make a decision to commit to something, it happens in an instant, the snap of your fingers.   Internalize the commitment and take it seriously.  Successful people are strongly intent on their goals.  They know what they are striving for and will do whatever it takes in order to succeed.

Good “intentions” do not lead to any lasting results, commitment does.

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2 Responses to Why Resolutions Don’t Work: Make Changes that Last in 2011

  1. Ziz January 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Sarah,

    The scenery where you did your video looks great. The alignment of our actions and thoughts(mind-set) are essential to getting what we want.

    Accountability is also good – Even Michael Jordan, Kobe, Dara Torres and Tiger Woods have a coach.

  2. Sarah Bailey July 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Ziz,
    Thank you. The video was shot in my backyard after a very pretty snowstorm. You are right in what you say, and mindset is so important, and having the right mentors can make all the difference in one’s success.

    Sarah

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