No More New Year Resolutions
by Joe Bonura, CSP
From NYR to NYC
From now on, do not make any more New Year Resolutions (NYR); only
make New Year Commitments (NYC). While a resolution is a firm decision
to do something, a commitment is a devotion or dedication to a cause.
Do you agree that dedicating yourself to DOING something is much
more powerful than DECIDING to do it?
Time To Start Over
January 1st is a great time to start over each year, to re-evaluate
what you did and did not do in the previous year and then to commit
to something new.
It Is All In The System
It always works better if you take a systematic approach to making
a New Year Commitment. Here is a great way to approach the task:
As Easy As One, Two, Three
- Make a list of all your commitments for the coming year.
- Go over the list and select the three most important ones that
you will commit to doing.
- Devise an action plan that includes tactics that will move you
toward your goal. This includes how and when you will accomplish
Learn to love recessions because they force you to rethink and
retool your approach to accomplishing your goals. A recession is
a good time to reprioritize the direction that you are taking and
will take. The only way to stop a recession is to have NYCs so challenging
that you will not have time to participate in the recession.
No Way To Fail
Answer this question: What would you do if you knew that there
was no way that you could not accomplish what you want to accomplish?
The answer to that question will give you some powerful commitments
to aim for in the coming year.
Hold Your Feet To The Fire
Discuss your NYCs with an accountability partner who will hold
your feet to the fire if you fail to move forward in achieving your
commitments. Also stress to your accountability partner that you
will not be upset with their honesty and resolve to have you reach
Powerful Little Package
Write your three commitments on a 3x5 card, fold the card into
a tight little package, and carry it with you everywhere you go.
The card will serve as a constant reminder of your commitment for
Dream Your Way To Accomplishment
Every night before you retire, for each of your commitments, list
something that you will do to move toward your goals. It is a task
that takes less than five minutes, and if you do it before you turn-in
for the night, your subconscious will take over while you sleep.
Make An Appointment With You
Make a calendar appointment with yourself once a week to do a gut-check
on your progress toward accomplishing your NYCs. Put the appointment
on the calendar and show up, just as you would for any appointment.
Celebrate each time you accomplish a milestone on one of your NYCs.
In other words, reward yourself for a stratagem or course well done.
Enjoy the New Year, and make every day a rung on the ladder to
the success that you will achieve.
Happy New Year!
© 2008 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.