This year, a lot of people will make resolutions, but only 8 percent will succeed. Why? Because they’re not really looking to do something different. Instead, they are just entertaining wishing thinking. What’s missing is resolve. Without a stronger resolve, there is no real possibility of accomplishing a resolution. In other words, you need to commit to an intentional process that will provide you a successful outcome.
What you need are new habits, a new approach to living that will bring different results. Unlike goals, which tell you where you want to go, habits tell you how you’re going to get there.
Here are three important processes worth mastering if you want 2017 to be better than 2016:
- Set aside a time to focus. If you don’t dedicate some time to what you’d like to create or accomplish, chances are you will not last past January 31st in your new desire. The key to success is to remember to put in the time, effort, practice and persistence that are needed. This doesn’t necessarily mean taking “action” towards your goals. It could simply mean focusing “mentally” on the outcome, making sure you are energetically in alignment with your vision.
- Have fun. If you are not going to enjoy yourself, why bother. Life is supposed to be fun. A resolution is a creation. Like any artist, you may encounter frustration, disappointment, or blocks, but you know and understand that this is all part of the process. You don’t give up, because a creation is inherently exciting. You engage in the process with anticipation that it will be enjoyable, watching as your creation emerges.
- Practice self-appreciation.We are our toughest critics. You may be judging yourself as not working hard enough, not doing enough, not being good enough. To all of this, I say, ENOUGH. An important part of success is recognizing and acknowledging all the mini-successes along the way. Focus on what’s working, what you’ve accomplished so far. When you do this, you naturally build up a positive momentum. Keep on this upward spiral, and you have no choice but to succeed.
So, what’s your take on 2017. You’ve set your goals. Now establish new habits that will allow you meet these goals. And you’re on your way to a great year.