With the New Year upon us, many of us reflect on the past year’s successes and lament our perceived failures. I challenge you to view all of your experiences in 2016 as successes. Consider your so-called “failures” as another opportunity to learn in your journey to success. Remember, it’s all about perspective.
Along with the New Year comes the ever-present resolution. What do you resolve to accomplish in 2017? Resolve means to find a purpose and see it through to completion. In 2017, I challenge you to resolve to learn the discipline of goal setting. Goal setting is quite different than the regular New Year’s resolutions. Do you have a list of things that you would like to accomplish in 2017? How about in five or ten years? Did you know that you goal is only a wish until it is written down? Once you write down your goals, they become tangible – you can see them! The next step is to review your goals every day, preferable twice a day – once in the morning and once before you go to bed at night. Repetition causes your mind to gravitate toward your goals. Do you have a goal that you want more than anything else? You should write it down and it somewhere you can see it throughout the day. I have my top two goals written on an index card in my day planner. Because this repetition causes your mind to become keenly aware of our goals, it begins to see opportunities to fulfill your goals in places you may not have thought to look. You goals are now front and center in your mind. They are not just a wish that you made on New Year’s Day.
This year, I challenge you to repeat the following affirmation: I will commit to the discipline of goal setting by writing down my goals and reviewing them each day.
With this affirmation, I can promise you a prosperous 2017!