With every new year, comes renewed hope & ambition.
If you’re ready for an awesome 2016, here are some ideas to help you get there.
If you follow these ideas for the coming year, you can create remarkable changes in your life:
Make habits, not resolutions. Resolutions are like wishful thinking, that fade away as the year’s newness wears off. Goals are great, but it’s hard to manage 5-10 new goals when you have a lot of other things always going on. Instead, focus on one new habit at a time, and give it your full attention, until it becomes automatic.
Commit 100%. Most people fail at their resolutions because they write them down, start taking action, and then let themselves quit when things get hard. What if you had to pay Rs 5,00 if you missed two straight days of your routine? Would you stick to the habit then? Of course you would — because you’d be fully committed. Find a way to be all in, and you’ll make your habits stick.
Focus on weekly adaptations. Most people try to focus on something that will take a year to achieve, but you lose motivation, and what if things change during that year? Instead, focus on one week at a time. That’s a doable chunk of time — you can do a week at a time, but you can’t really do a year at a time.
Find your gang. You can do great things on your own, but you’re much more likely to get them done if you have a group of friends who are holding you accountable, and who you’re holding accountable too. Hold each others’ feet to the fire. Root each other on. Hold regular meetings to make sure everyone is staying on track, and don’t let your crew fall off track.
Fill your year with curiosity and a learning attitude. Many people get discouraged if they fall off their goals or habits, but that’s because they have an all-or-nothing mindset. They see failure as evidence that they can’t do it. Far from it: failure is evidence that things need adjusting. It’s a way to learn, so that you can get better. See all your successes and failures as learning, not a sign that you are good or not good. With this flexible mindset, you’ll be able to weather out any kinds of disruptions, missteps, obstacles or changes.