Have you already begun your journey to make 2011 the best year yet?
How about those goals you made?
The majority of folks that set goals have already given up on them by now –
not even one month in!
One of primary reasons most people don’t get what they want is that they
aren’t clear about what they want. Others will recognize what they’d like
to have, but when they can’t see how it’s possible to get what they want
and they dismiss their desires as foolish and unattainable.
It’s easy to start the New Year full of enthusiasm and optimism. But to
maintain your momentum through the year, you need to set powerful,
90% of people never achieve their goals and make the changes they want in
Why do so many people fail at keeping their resolutions, achieving their
goals and making the changes they want in life? Here are four main reasons:
Reason #1: Vague, Unspecific Goals
Solution: Get Clear on What You Want
The goals people set are often vague and non-specific. They set goals like ‘
to lose weight’ or ‘to make more money’. When you are vague, you will never
get what you want. It is often said that CLARITY IS POWER. You need to set
specific, measurable outcomes so your mind knows exactly what to do and what
needs to be done to get it.
For example, set goals like ‘to lose 30 lbs in 90 days’ or ‘to weigh
exactly 133.’ When you are specific, you can then develop a plan on how
many calories to consume a meal and how many hours you need to work out on a
treadmill to burn ‘X’ calories per day.
When you set a clear goal like ‘to increase my income from $2,000 month to
$4,000 a month in 5 months, you are clear that you have to build an extra
income stream (s) of $2,000. You can determine to generate this income by
increasing the number of parties you do in a month or by building a team.
Another option is to increase the number of Virtual Parties, online sales or
social media contacts.
What do you want to accomplish?
What benefit will you receive when you accomplish your goal?
Who do you want to be?
After decades of research into how the human brain works, scientists now know
that for our brains to figure out how to get what we want, we must first
decide what we want. Once we lock-in our desires, our mind and the universe
can step in to help make our dreams a reality.
Once you are clear about what you want, write them down and turn each item
into a measurable objective. Measurable means measurable in space and time
– how much and by when.
For instance, if you were to tell me that you wanted more money, I might pull
out a dollar and give it to you. You would probably protest, saying “No, I
meant a lot more money, like $20,000!” But there is no way I’d know how
you’d define “more money” unless you tell me, right?
Similarly, your boss, your friends, your spouse, your brain, God, and the
Universe can’t figure out what you want unless you tell them specifically
what it is. What exactly do you want and when do you want it by?
Reason #2: Lack of Consistent Focus
Solution: Focus on What You Want Daily
The second reason many people don’t get what they want is because they write
a goal down, put it aside and forget about it until a year later. In the
meantime, they get distracted and caught up with the daily struggles and
demands of life.
What has really helped me is that I write my goals down on 3×5 cards and read
them daily. I have pictures and “vision boards” in my bedroom and in my
office. I even design my goals onto my computer desktop wallpaper. This way,
the goals are constantly IN MY FACE and ON MY MIND – 18 hours a day. This
makes me constantly remind myself to move towards my goals and take the
proper actions to accomplish this. To keep your subconscious mind focused,
read your list of goals every day. Ask yourself every morning, “What is one
thing I could do today to move toward the achievement of this goal?” Write
down your answers and take those actions.
Reason #3: Interest but Not a Commitment
Solution: Make a Public Commitment
Let’s face it. Many of us think of goals we would LIKE to achieve. We think
it will be NICE to have. However, often times, it is not a strong COMMITMENT
to MUST do it. As human beings, we are also great at breaking promises to
ourselves and we start to justify. “I know I said I would lose weight but
it’s just too difficult so never mind, Nobody will know anyway’ is the common
If you want to make things happen in your life, you have to make goals a
COMMITMENT by putting yourself on the line. Make it very hard for you to turn
back. What I often do is when I set a goal (e.g. recently I set a goal to
provide useful information to you year round via my blog, tips on Facebook
Fan Page and a daily laugh posted to my Facebook Personal Profile Page.) I
made a PUBLIC COMMITMENT by announcing it to my friends & family via Facebook
When you keep talking and announcing what you must do and change, your brain
will give you no choice but to do it. As soon as you commit to a big dream
and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big
ideas to make it happen. This is a tough thing to do, but IT WORKS. So, my
challenge to you is to announce your goals on my blog
comments) so you are committed to make it happen.
Reason #4: Lack of Personal Power
Solution: Take Charge of Your Mind and Take Action
The last thing that stops people from success is that they do not take
action. They don’t use their personal power to get the results they want.
What stops them from taking action are things like FEAR,PROCRASTINATION,
SELF-DOUBT, LAZINESS etc… You have to understand that you are in control
of your own thoughts and emotions. You can learn how to control your mind
and direct your focus to motivate yourself and break through negative habits
and behavioral patterns.
Also, you’ll discover that when your dreams include service to others –
that is, accomplishing something that contributes to others – it
accelerates the accomplishment of that goal. People want to be part of
something that contributes and makes a difference. Therefore, when you
sponsor, is your first thought that you are gaining a team member and the
benefits you will receive or do you truly consider how this is helping your
new team member and how it will benefit her family.
So, re-evaluate your goals if you’re already off target. If you haven’t
set any goals – go ahead – take some time this weekend and make a
decision. Write them down and create an action plan.
I’m doing the same thing and I’m excited to share your journey in 2011!
Success – Here we come!