Well, that's today's tip - establishing exactly where it is that we want to go and how we plan to get there.
I equate the making and execution of resolutions (herein goals) to taking a trip (hence the title of this series in case you were wondering), so buckle up and expect a lot of road trip analogies.
Go to Google Maps and try to get directions from Canada to the United States… [insert annoying buzzer sound here]… “We could not calculate directions between Canada and United States.” Bummer.
Well, I do know my starting point, so let’s try Nova Scotia to the United States… hey presto, results! We get 53 steps of directions to get from somewhere in the middle of Nova Scotia to somewhere in Kansas (the center of the U.S. of A. I presume).
But I really don’t want to go to Kansas (no offense Kansans – did you know they’re called Kansans?), I’ve heard New England is beautiful this time of year.
One last search… Nova Scotia to Massachusetts… 20 steps and it lands me a heck of a lot closer to a final destination. Now, the final destination might not be perfect, but it’s a heck of a lot closer than Kansas.
You get the point.
“I want to be able to run up the stairs to my office without getting winded”, “I want to lose 5 pounds of body fat and fit into a size 10 dress” – now we’re talking about things we can measure and quantitatively observe. Once you have these objectives written down, your end point per se, you can start looking at the directions - what you are going to do and how you are going to change to make this become a reality.
Now all this might seem like a lot of work to simply “make a resolution”, and if simply stating a resolution is what you want to do, then carry on as you were and I wish you all the best.
If you have the determination to take action on the decision that you have made (remember our definition of “resolution” from Day 1) then maybe a bit more work than previous attempts is warranted.
Come back tomorrow as I look at Tip #3, and we continue to look at what I feel are some essential inclusions in your plan to success.