Just 14 days left in 2013! A brand new page on which we write our life's story is right around the corner. With that in mind, I continue my 45-day run up to the New Year, by publishing my 'Best Of' columns since founding I Resolve To . . . in 2005. To view the complete list of my favorite articles, please visit Kim Simpson at Ezine Articles. If you plan to do a little daydreaming about the possibilities, feel free to use the I Resolve To . . . Work Sheet. Click this link for another handy brainstorming tool that I created for choosing the right resolution for you!
Today's food for thought . .
Did you make a New Year Resolution? Are you making steady progress, or are you in a rut? Maybe it's time to take a hard look at what you've achieved. Remember January 1, when you made a promise to yourself, and said I Resolve To . . . _______. Maybe you decided it was time to earn a college degree, or learn a new language, start a business, run a marathon, contribute time and effort to a favorite cause, pay off debt, or get fit . . . the possibilities are endless. You decided 2007 is the year you will achieve one of your dreams. If you didn't take action why not do it today? You can pursue your dreams, resolutions and goals any day of the year!
Consider this simple, common sense I Resolve To Formula: Start with one of your dreams. Turn that dream into a resolution. Make that resolution a reality with goals - small steps, taken one at a time, one day at a time.
Dream + Resolution + Goals = Achievement!With that simple formula in hand, maybe you're not sure how to proceed? Not sure what to do first? Consider these Five I Resolve To Steps:
- Dare To Dream: Open your mind to the possibility that, 'YES', you will achieve your dream if you pursue it passionately, with patience and persistence. 'YES'you will achieve your dream if you work hard, learn from your mistakes, and strive to stay positive even when you hit obstacles and bumps in the road.
- Decide: Make decision, a firm promise, a solid commitment to pursue your dream, one small step at a time, one day at a time for the rest of the year. Make your dream 'real'by transforming it into a 'RESOLUTION - RESOLVE to 'take action, achieve, change, do, learn'.
- Define: In one simple sentence, clearly, concisely, realistically specify your resolution - what you will achieve in 2007 and where you will end up. Personally, one of my Lifetime Resolutions is to exercise for 30-minutes each day by walking, biking, stretching, swimming, lifting weights, playing tennis, doing Yoga. I add new things to the mix to keep me interested and motivated year after year.
- Develop A Plan: Make your resolution reality, first, by doing your homework. Educate yourself, knowledge is power!What are all the steps, tasks, activities that you need to pursue to make your resolution happen. Second, break all those steps, tasks, activities down into small daily goals that you can tackle one at a time. Write everything down! Maintain a Daily Resolution Diary, a journal, notebook, blog - whatever works best for you - where you can add time lines and deadlines to your plan, track your progress in daily/weekly Check-Ins, make course corrections when you're stuck, and reward yourself when you succeed! Success, after all, breeds success. It's a key motivator in your journey that builds confidence and self esteem.
- Do It Daily: Just 'showing up' is often half the battle. If you devote 30-minutes each day, or a few hours each week, that effort compounds like interest on money in the bank. It will show results over time. You don't have to fulfill your dream, keep your resolution, achieve all your goals overnight. You can lower the bar just a little, take the pressure off, take one small step each and every day, for life - A Lifetime Resolution. Why achieve a dream, then move on to the next one? Why not keep your dreams with you for good.
I truly believe in the power of positive thought, being optimistic, having faith, and hope. Those qualities can point you in the right direction, and they help during the tough times when obstacles impede progress. I assure you, obstacles will get in the way. You will have days when you, your dream, your life will seem like they've been hijacked, Overtaken By Events. But, beware of anyone who suggests that you brought these events upon yourself because you weren't thinking positive thoughts, or you were being negative. Positive thoughts, alone, won't make wealth appear magically - any more than negative thoughts will make your world crumble around you.
Everyone has some negative thoughts, it's impossible to be positive and happy every minute of every day. Bad things happen to good, moral, honest, generous, loving, grateful, humble, church-going people every day - and it's absolutely crazy to suggest they brought troubles on themselves through their own thoughts!! If someone feeds you this nonsense, do yourself a big favor, run the other way as fast as you can.
When you encounter obstacles to your dreams, take a deep breath, study the obstacles, develop a plan of attack, and know things will get better. Don't blame yourself for the obstacles, even if you've made mistakes that created them. Guilt will drag you down instead of propelling you forward. Take responsibility for your actions, admit to yourself that you made mistakes, then use them to your advantage. Some of my most profound successes were born from 'lessons learned' after I'd made mistakes. I knew wallowing in guilt would just make me feel bad. I knew I had to move on, get going in a new direction with my dream, my life - or have the courage to admit that maybe it was time to pursue a new dream.
Bottom line, if you truly want to achieve something in your life, you first have to identify 'what' you want to achieve, along with the how/when/where/why you're going to achieve it. Then you have to'act' with single-minded passion and steely determination. You have to be focused, flexible and willing to revise your plans, change your tactics as you learn and grow.
Believe in yourself and your dream. Have some fun. Consider becoming a Resolutionista - someone who makes and keeps New Year Resolutions and enjoys doing it - someone who revels in the journey! What do you have to lose? You have less to lose by 'trying', than if you 'do nothing at all'! Stop procrastinating. Stop living the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead Live Your Dream!