Every year, millions of people around the world make New Year's resolutions. It is because the largest room in the world is the room for improvement, and we all want to make our lives better.
Unfortunately, many of these resolutions don't last beyond the first two months of the year. In fact, only 8 percent of these resolutions are ever kept. This goes to prove that merely making resolutions isn't going to get us the results we expect at the end of the year.
According to the CEO of Vocalcom, Anthony Dinis, we should "never try to adapt or change old school solutions to new challenges, but rethink and revolutionize it." It is just like what a friend of mine usually tells me, "Toby if you are facing reproach, change your approach."
This means that more than resolutions, we need a better approach. We need something that can still give us the results we expect even though we have broken our resolutions.
Below are seven ways we can achieve outstanding success in the year even though we have broken our resolutions:
1. Create a mental picture of the future you desire
Everything we see existing today was created twice. First of all they were created as images in the minds of their creators, and then they were created physically. Imagination remains the strongest nation in the world, and that is simply because it offers us unlimited opportunities to be anything we wish to.
The first step towards creating the future you desire is to be able to imagine it. It doesn't matter if you have broken your resolutions or not, get back to the drawing board and let your mind run wild. Create a mental picture of the future you desire. If you can see it, then you can achieve it.
2. Write down your vision with specifics and in the present tense.
Do you want to see yourself make an extra $100k at the end of the year? Write it down. Do you see yourself having a better relationship with your spouse? Write it down. Even if you want to give up smoking or drinking or any other addiction, you still need to write it down.
However make sure you write down what you see as if they have already happened, and make sure that they are not ambiguous.
For instance, instead of writing "I am going to become a better student this year," write "I feel so successful because I made a 4.6 GPA this session."
3. Believe that you can achieve it
You can never become what you have not believed. You must get convinced that the things you have written down are possible and you can achieve them, else you won't. If the dreams you have envisioned seem too big for you to achieve, make them simpler. It is not enough to dream big, you must believe they are achievable.
If you don't believe your dreams, you will not be motivated to pursue them. And any dream not pursued will never become a reality, because dreams do not fulfil themselves.
4. Affirm your belief every morning and night
Let's say it is your desire to quit drinking. Imagine yourself sober and write down what you have seen with as many specifics as possible. Believe that it is possible, and then start confessing them.
Read out those things you have written down every day. When you do this, you activate your subconscious mind to devise ways to make those dreams come to pass.
For instance you can affirm, "I feel so happy that I have been sober from January to December and because of it, I now have a better relationship with my spouse and kids, and I have become more productive at work."
As you read it, allow yourself to feel the same way you would feel when these dreams come to pass. As you do so, you will start to get ideas of what to do to make sure that you achieve them.
Equally, you set the law of attraction in motion and you will start to get opportunities on what to do to make that future a reality. For instance, your very beautiful neighbor may just "feel" like inviting you over to an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting, and you suddenly feel like attending one.
5. Write down what you can do each day to make those dreams materialize
One major thing that always happens when you read out what you have envisioned is that you start getting ideas on what to do. As these ideas come, write them down, no matter how crazy they seem.
6. Take immediate action on the ideas you wrote down
Remember that nobody can do your push-up for you. It is not enough to dream and celebrate your dreams; you need to fulfill them. And that can only be done when you take action. Fortunately, taking the above steps would have gotten you motivated enough to take the necessary action that you need.
7. Decide not to give up
As you take those actions, remember that one blow of the hammer may not be enough to bring down a concrete wall. It may take 50 blows. But that doesn't mean that it was just the 50th blow that brought down the wall. What brought it down was a combination of all those blows.
So make up your mind not to give up along the way. Decide today to stick to your plans until your dreams become a reality. Repeat the seven steps listed above regularly if you have to, but don't get discouraged along the way.
Keep at it until those dreams become a reality. This way you will achieve your dreams not minding that you may have broken your New Year's resolutions.