It’s the second week in January, let the New Year’s Resolutions fly! If you made your resolutions on January 1st, according to science, the vast majority of you have already thrown in the towel. At least you tried. Now let’s try it again.
It’s hard to stay focused and committed on goals and priorities, especially when life has a way of distracting you. One way to stay focused is to set shorter goals that are more immediately achievable. So, while your New Year’s Resolution might be to get a new job, setting a goal to apply for three jobs a day offers daily successes to keep you committed.
In addition to setting daily goals, verbalizing them often and writing them down is essential. According to former New York Yankees Performance Coach, Dana Cavalea, goals should be articulated every day. In his new book, Habits of a Champion, he says a key attribute of champions is planning.
When you woke up today, did you have a plan already in place? Maybe you felt it wasn’t necessary because you do the same thing every day, at least during the week: wake up, get ready for work, drive to work, work, leave work, drive home, etc. Well, if that’s your daily ritual, then it probably makes little sense to you to make a daily plan. You know the drill. Why would you need a plan?
How to Make a Plan
A plan is the roadmap you use to get to your destination. Imagine making the decision to eat out. So you get into your car, but you have no particular destination. Because you lack a destination, you can get distracted or worse, stumble upon a restaurant only to find the meal was tasteless and expensive. If you have something you want to accomplish, pinpoint it, make a plan and follow it.
Once your plan is in place, make sure its visible to you every day – your bathroom mirror, taped on the inside of your front door, in the refrigerator, on your car dashboard, etc. Mark Murphy, CEO of Leadership IQ, and author of “The Gender Gap and Goal-Setting“. says writing down your goals helps you envision success.
We’d like to help. If you’re ready to get started, you’ll need a pen download our blank t-shirt. Some people have vision boards, we have vision tees. Print out as many as you like, write your goal(s) on it and keep it fresh in your mind. Staying focused with a plan is your best chance and making things happen!