Success “Secrets” – Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions or goals and never seem to be able to accomplish them?  Just like the beginning of every year, millions of people every year have good intentions to better their lives.

One of my favorite lessons that I receive from my long time mentor every November, is a clear and specific way to accomplish my New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year.

The best part of this lesson is that he reminds me that there are no “secrets” to success.  “Success in life really is so simple.  It simply takes a solid plan, consistent and persistent action, and patience.  95%ers that fail lack patience.”  He sure makes it sound a lot easier than I think it is!

Let’s now go through an example of how my mentor helps me accomplish my New Year’s resolutions so you can use the same process to apply towards your personal and financial goals.

First: you must imagine your life on December 31st of the upcoming year.  Example – as it is 2009 right now, imagine the day of December 31st, 2010.  What do you want to accomplish by December 31st, 2010?  You must first come up with goals and you can do this by reading my other article on Success Secrets – The 3 D’s of Success.

Once you have a goal in mind: You now know what your December 31st, 2010 goal looks like in your mind.  The next step is to break down the year into segments so we can break it down to the exact steps that you need to do every day or week or month to assure that you accomplish your December 31st, 2010 goal.  Let’s use the very common goal of losing weight.  Imagine what you look like and feel like after losing 50 pounds.  Now, let’s figure out what needs to be done to get there by December 31st, 2010!

First, if you want to lose 50 pounds by December 31st, 2010 you must lose 25 pounds by June 30th, 2010, which is an approximate half way to December 31st, 2010.  If you have to lose 25 pounds by June 30th, 2010 then you must lose 12.5 pounds by March 31st, 2010.  If you have to lose 12.5 pounds by March 31st, 2010 you need to lose around six pounds by February 15th, 2010.  You can now figure out that if you need to lose six pounds in this 45 day period, you need to lose four pounds by January 31st, 2010. This is one pound per week.

Now that you know you must lose one pound a week, what are you going to do to every day to lose this one pound per week?  This is where you determine how you want to achieve this loss of one pound per week.  There are many ways of losing weight.  You need to find the methods you can stick to and just do not quit!

You can use this same process of breaking down the year by working your way back from December 31st of any year with any goal to determine what you need to accomplish every day or week to get where you need to be in one year, 5 years, 10years, etc.

When you break it down to the daily or weekly requirements it often makes the overall goal or New Year’s resolution not seem as hard to accomplish as one might think.  It seems much more likely to lose a pound per week than it does to drop 50 pounds.

Create your goals and break down what you need to do every day or week to accomplish them.  Work at it consistently and persistently and you will have a much greater chance of success than 95% of the people that fail!

If you appreciated the information in this article, you can read my other articles on Personal and Financial Success “Secrets”. My self-made millionaire mentor, coach and friend for 10 years has been Tom Danley.  Read my article on Tom Danley’s “Message of the Month” Review and go to Tom Danley’s “Message of the Month” and subscribe to his audio personal and financial success mentoring and coaching program.

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