In an address to the US Senate, Peter Marshall said, “Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand, and what to stand for.” Marshall knew that an unclear dream won’t help you get anywhere.
New Year’s is the time of year we traditionally make resolutions. What do you want to accomplish? To contribute? To become? What does success look like for you?
If you don’t define it, you won’t achieve it. Most people don’t get what they want because they don’t know what they want. They haven’t defined their dream in clear and compelling detail. One author writes,
“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want! Instead of saying, ‘I want to lose weight,’ say, ‘I will weigh a hundred and eighty-five pounds by June 1.’ Instead of saying, ‘I want to get out of debt,’ say, ‘I will pay off all credit card balances by December 31.’ Instead of saying, ‘I need to improve my leadership,’ say, ‘I will read one leadership book every month.’ Being specific doesn’t necessarily mean having every little detail thought out before you move forward. But your main goal should be clear. The rest will unfold as you move forward, making adjustments as you go.”
The question you need to answer is, “Am I single minded?”
It is great to plan and make changes. If you really want to succeed this year consider these steps you can take.
Steps to Success
1. Keep it simple and focus on changing one thing at a time.
2. Create your vision by asking these questions:
- If you could wave a magic wand and change one habit what would it be?
- If you weren’t afraid what would you do?
- What does success look like to you this year?
3. Set the goal. Don’t sabotage yourself with negative thinking …“I can’t do that” or “that will never happen.” Be realistic, and yet be willing to stretch. Make sure the goal can be measured.
4. Consider the obstacles or challenges you might face. Plan for solutions.
5. Develop a plan of action.
6. Determine what support you need in order to achieve your goal. It could be as simple as touching base with someone on a weekly basis, or introducing yourself to someone who can help. Get that person to agree to support you and you are on your way.
7. Start following your Action Plan
8. Act As If.
- As if it were a different time when the skills were in practice
- As if solutions had been applied, or obstacles overcome
- Imagine the new, desired state of affairs
- Notice the benefits
9. Track your achievements and celebrate successes. Make changes if you are not on track. Don’t give up.
Be single minded in your desire you will be amazed.