Did your 2015 turn out the way you planned it to be? If you’re like me (and most other people), you probably weren’t able to achieve all the goals you set for yourself. You might have even encountered painful setbacks.
Don’t be discouraged! Just as it takes only one, two, or three disappointments to “ruin” your year, it’ll also only take one, two, or three GOOD adjustments to turn the next 12 months around. Here are my 3 steps to crushing it in 2016.
Step #1: Plan for the Future
I can’t mention it enough: Write your dreams down! Put your goals on paper, and read them every single morning. I can’t explain how it helps.
But what if you’ve had the same goals for the past several years, but nothing’s happening? Then here’s an adjustment: Break your big goals down into smaller, more measurable goals – ones that are ridiculously easy to accomplish.
For instance: If your goal is to lose 20 pounds this year, then break that big goal into 20 goals that say: “Lose one pound in 14 days.” Or make one tiny calorie-cutting adjustment each month – like “Start using only one teaspoon of sugar in coffee instead of two” for January, then adding “Drink soda only on weekends” for February, and so on.
You don’t achieve big goals all at once – you achieve one little goal at a time. Break your goals down as much as you can, until you get little goals that feel laughably simple to reach.
Step #2: Profit From the Past
Should you totally forget 2015? I’m pretty sure that no matter how bad it was, you still celebrated a few little victories. And it would be a waste if you didn’t profit from those victories!
Instead of forgetting 2015 completely, do this first:
- Analyze your high and low points in 2015. What went wrong? List them down.
- Now ask yourself: What went RIGHT? List them down.
- Lastly, ask yourself: What adjustments can I make in my life to keep those low points from happening again… and to make those high points happen more often?
Write down those crucial adjustments, and include them in the list of goals you created in Step #1. Once you do, THEN you can completely let go of 2015.
Now it’s time to crush it in 2016!
Step #3: Perfect the Present
You got your list of big goals. You got your game plan to achieve those goals little by little in the coming weeks. Now it’s time to get to work!
No matter who you are and what your situation is, you’re given the same 24 hours every single day. Now you’ll need to decide how you’re going to spend each and every one of them.
Here are my suggestions for scheduling your day for success:
- Rise early to read your list of goals as part of your morning ritual.
- Get some serious work done before the rest of the world wakes up.
- Pace yourself throughout the day. Finished work is better than perfect work!
- At the end of the day, write down what you achieved and what you’re thankful for.
Throughout the day, don’t think of the past. In fact, don’t even think about the future. Focus on the grind. Focus on finishing everything on your to-do list for the day.
Win the day, one day at a time, and before you notice it you’ll be well on your way to a achieving all your goals!