By: Dr Michael Craig
Here is the next lot that encompasses the remaining magical steps to make resolutions come true.
STEP 6 – Write down the MINIMUM you feel you can accomplish for each goal (i.e., the 5 items you wrote down in Step 4) and still feel like you accomplished something towards making them happen. This step is a way to free your mind from overwhelm, and allow you to take smaller steps rather than feel like you “failed.”
STEP 7 – Write down the MOST you feel you can accomplish for each goal. This is an exercise that allows you to dream a little or be outrageous. For example, let’s say your goal is to learn skydiving. Your minimum might be to take a skydiving lesson. The complete goal would be to make one or two tandem jumps. But what is the MOST you could accomplish, assuming the other two steps come quickly? Five tandem jumps and five solos? Buy your own equipment and become certified? Stretch you a bit.
STEP 8 – Set a Realistic Timeline of the steps you need to take to accomplish each of your goals to the end (don’t aim for the minimum or most; these will appear after you’ve started). “Realistic” means aim for something you know you can accomplish by a reasonable deadline that year, and hopefully with some help.
STEP 9 – Write down one or two action steps you can take in January for each of the five items. The key here is to start taking action now. The sooner you do this, the more accomplished you will feel.
STEP 10 – Make a list of Helpers, i.e., those who you can delegate ALL or PART of the action steps needed to accomplish your goal. NOTE: This step is the KEY if you want to be a high achiever. Everyone labors under the same clock, so it’s important to LEVERAGE your time as much as possible. Offer to pay the person, barter, or simply accept help.
STEP 11 – Measure your progress. This is something most people overlook. If your goal is to lose weight, how much weight? By when? What does your diet look like? Do you hire a trainer? If you, say, want to lose 50 pounds in 8 months, then you must lose 6.25 pounds a month, or 1.5 pounds a week. When I had a goal to ride 1000 miles a year on a unicycle for charity, I knew I had to average at least 84 miles a month – something I’ve done for 3 straight years!
STEP 12 – Reward yourself when you reach your goal! Whether you did the minimum, complete, or most, reward yourself with a gift, trip, night out, or something that makes you feel appreciated. You can also do mini-rewards for each monthly progress step accomplished. After all, you deserve it!!
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