As we reach the third weekend of January 2014, most people who made a New Year’s resolution will struggle to keep it. According to the Evolution Fresh Survey, it found that more than 46 million Americans admit to struggling with their New Year’s resolutions by the third week of January.
While the research from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) shows that only 1 in 10 of those who set goals in January are successful.
So how is your New Year’s resolution going?
As I said in part I of this two-part New Year’s resolution special, setting specific goals is the first and important step in getting more of what you want in the year to come. But it’s not the only step. The next steps involve making those goals happen, because as I remind my clients personal coaching in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, these things don’t happen on their own. You have to put in your share of the work too.
What this means is, taking each of your goals and breaking them down into smaller action steps that you can take toward making those goals happen. So, using the goal set out in part I of this special—saving £1,000 by December 31, 2014—how will you save that money? Work 10 extra hours a month? Eat dinner at home 5 nights a week instead of 6? Spend date night renting a movie at home instead of going to the theatre? Reign in holiday gift spending? Install a thermostat and keep the heat down when you’re asleep and out of the house?
Whatever you choose, something needs to change in order for change to occur. You can’t do everything the same and expect a simple statement of purpose to reel your goals in for you. You need to participate. Fortunately, as the above examples should show you, there an unlimited number of ways you can implement change in order to help make your goal and reality. You just have to choose. And if you don’t, there’s a good chance that choice will be made for you. Or, more likely perhaps, you simply won’t achieve said goal.
The goal given as an example in this special two-part post wasn’t chosen blithely. Invariably, most goals somehow involve money. But money is simply energy, a symbol of value or worth. You can’t manifest a symbol. But you can manifest the value that symbol represents for you. In other words, you manifest stuff, situations, experiences.
Therefore, whatever your goal, I leave you with this last bit of New Year’s resolution money wisdom, once you’ve started instituting the changes you’ve chosen in order to make the money available to you for the things you want, figure out what you will do with those incremental savings so that you don’t just spend it on something else. It’s wise to calculate the pound/dollar amount you’ll be saving by making those changes and then taking that money out of your account as if you were spending it and placing it in a separate account or secure location earmarked for your goal. Seeing that account or envelope building will most assuredly help it to keep growing bigger and faster from there.
’til we meet again,
Walk in Beauty;
Walk in Peace.
‘Causing the Miraculous by Spreading Beauty, Truth & Harmony‘
Johnathan Brooks, MAC, PG Dip is a Life Coach who has trained in a wide range of personal development treatment methods including the “Power Therapies” (CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (postgrad), EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, Master NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in ‘Coaching and NLP’ which he passed with a ‘Commendation’. And is based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
He is a full member of the Association for Coaching (MAC) and is a Gold member of The Professional Guild of NLP.