New Years Resolutions

by Dennis Perry on January 2, 2012

 

Today is January 2, 2012, the second day of the New Year. 

The beginning of a New Year always excites me.  It is filled with possibilities for riches of all kinds.  It is filled with the promise that, with a bit of effort on my part, I can create an even bigger and better world for myself and my family.

Every New Year is a fresh start.  Gone are the promises not kept and the goals not reached in the year that just ended.  Gone too are the disappointments that we faced in our journey to a rich life.

2011 is gone and all we have left of it are the memories.

Now Is The Time!

 

Now is the time to shape our lives the way we want them to be.  The beginning a New Year is the time for planning and resolving to do better in all areas of our lives.  It is the time for Resolutions and Goal Setting.

I wrote about Resolutions and Goal Setting in the current issue of The Rich Life Newsletter.  I encourage you to sign up using the link on this page.  In that article, I revealed a rather dismal statistic.

Various sources indicate that 50-75% of the population create New Year’s Resolutions.  According to Wikipedia, less than 12% actually succeed long-term.  One reference not cited in the newsletter put the New Year’s Resolution failure rate at nearly 95%.

The advice I offered in the Rich Life Newsletter I offer to you here as well.  Don’t let the statistics deter you from setting goals.

 Tips For Accomplishing Your New Year’s Resolutions!

 

Here are a few tips on how to make sure you are not one of 88% + who don’t accomplish their goals.

1)      Make your resolutions/goals very specific.  Don’t be vague.  Put real numbers in them.  If you want to increase your monthly income by $2000 per month then write that down.  Make it easy to measure

2)      Write them down.  Get a pen and paper or use your smart phone or computer but commit the goals to written form.

3)      Break the goals down into small, bite-sized chunks.  Don’t try to accomplish your goal all at once.  Take small, but definite, steps forward.  Do a little bit each day.

4)      Share your goals with someone else.  It is harder to ignore your goals if someone is helping to hold you accountable.

5)      Take the time to write down the “why” for your goal.  Why is it important to you or your family to accomplish this goal?  How will life be better and richer when you achieve it?  The bigger and more clear your “why” the easier it will be to keep pushing forward when the going gets tough.  And it will!

6)      Celebrate each and every victory along the way.  It is important to reward yourself and to feel great about what you have accomplished so far.  Keep a journal of the progress and record each win.  Do a “Happy Dance”.  Each and every small step taken is a victory and should be celebrated!

7)      Schedule time for your goal.  If you have a goal to walk for 30 minutes 3 times per week, then block the time out on your schedule and honor it!

These are small things but will be very valuable and powerful if you apply them.

I encourage you to dream big.  Make your Resolutions and set your Goals.  Then take action to make them happen.

One At A Time!

 

One other small bit of advice.  Don’t try to accomplish multiple goals at the same time.  Perhaps our computers are good at multitasking (and I am not too sure about that) but we as humans are not so good at it.

Concentrate and focus on one goal at a time.  Make it happen.

Enjoy the excitement of the New Year.  Take the time to decide what you want to be, do, and have in the coming year and then create a plan to get there.

If you need help with this, let me know.

I always welcome your comments and encourage you write one for this post.  I read all comments personally.

Make this a great day and make your life truly rich in every way!

Dr. Dennis Perry

The Wealth Doc and Leader of the Rich Life Movement

 

 

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{ 9 comments }

Body language of flirting January 11, 2012 at 1:48 am

These are fantastic ways to keep goals and resolutions going but what will happen in 30 days.
Scott Sylvan Bell
body language of men winking
Now go implement!

Sonya Lenzo January 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

Dennis, I love the idea of celebrating as we reach goals along the way. It makes achievement more real and more fun.
Sonya Lenzo
http://www.oldbooksmarket.com/loveintheoldbooksmarket/

Alex Arshavskiy January 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Great article!

I like your Tips For Accomplishing Your New Year’s Resolutions.
Especially I like “Share your goals with someone else” idea.

Alex

http://www.leadershipmissinglink

Clare Delaney January 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Well-thought-out article on how to genuinely achieve our goals. I like your reminder that last year’s stuff is gone and that now is an excellent time to start fresh.

EcoFriendly Matters @ EcoFriendly Link
Top 3 Easy-to-implement Green New Year’s Resolutions (short and sweet!)

Brandon R Allen January 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Great stuff Dennis. I especially think #6 is so important and very much overlooked. Celebrating your wins fuels the drive to keep going!

Phil January 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

I appreciate your wisdom and the specific, helpful reminders! I admit to a tendency to dismiss or brush past New Year Resoltuion articles (even thought I write them myself!) because of the “been there, got that” quality. But your practical steps are very helpful. And you remnd me to think of the Big Picture — this is my life I’m thinking about! Thank you!

And, for anyone reading this…BE SURE to sign up for Dr Perry’s newsletter! I just got my first issue and it’s wonderful. More high-quality content, more value and less sales hype than the other letters I get. Find the box on the top-right and sign up. I think you’ll be glad you did!

Phil
http://www.PhilipHumbert.com

Dennis Perry January 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

Thank you Phil for your kind words and for your endorsement of The Rich Life Newsletter.

Jerry Pinney January 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Dennis,
Writing is so important. Thanks for the reminder. Thomas Moore in his book “Care of the Soul and Soulmates” says “Writing takes time, usually much more time than talk. The written word requires a certain level of artfulness and thoughtfulness in expression. In writing, we do not ramble on and on, as we do in speech. We choose our words more carefully. The words remain to reread, refined, a source for reflection and mindful change if necessary.” Thanks for sharing.

Mark January 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Dennis,

Another great post.

Although I believe that every day is a chance to make changes and start something new, and don’t therefore hold much with this new year thing, I do think that your tips on how to make sure you increase your chances of success are very good (and am definitely guilty of making some of those mistakes in the past).

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