This year, I only have two New Year’s resolutions: avoid getting parking tickets and stop losing so many umbrellas. That’s it. They’re simple because my true goals are not made on the first day of every year. It’s going to be the busiest time of the year for all fitness gyms as they sign on new members looking to get in shape, yet most gym employees will readily admit that 95% of new members will not show up after the first month.
Let’s stop the vicious cycle of making a sudden drastic change that goes nowhere and get something really accomplished.
Real goals are concrete, written down, and reviewed constantly. I’m constantly on top of my goals, on track, and revising them as I meet them. If you haven’t tried writing down your goals yet, it’s pretty simple. Write them in every major category: health, wealth, career, family, relationships, spirituality, adventure, mental (new skills). Write them for what you would like to reasonably achieve a year from now. Then, write your 3 year, 5 year, and 10 year goals.
Next, comes the most important part: reviewing your goals constantly. I recommend journaling, either paper or digital. Some people swear that pen and paper does wonders as the handwritten process makes them more connected with their written goals. I review them via a digital journal, and I often have so much to write. At first, review them at least 2 or 3 times a week and write about how you’re on track with your goals or what plans you have to achieve them. After half a year, you may tone it down to a weekly activity, but at least make sure you’re reading them.