Your New Year Resolutions need ICE

Winter ICE
Well, whaddya know?! We’re at the start of another year already, and I wouldn’t mind betting that many of you have made New Year resolutions.

New Year resolutions often fall into two categories: those that you try to focus on every year (“No really .. THIS year I really AM going to lose weight and get fit!”) and those that genuinely mark something new, and a potential turning point in your life.

Either way, New Year resolutions – indeed goals of almost any sort – start out as a bit of a pipe dream. A distant wish. Something that you hope might happen.

In order to make them into reality you need something that I call the ‘ICE Principle’. Ideas. Commitment. Execution.

Here’s why.

 

Ideas

Let’s imagine that you’re someone who sets yourself similar goals each year: for example, that by the end of the year you’ll be earning £10,000 per month. Every January you set yourself the same New Year resolution, and every year you fall short of that goal.

One of the first things you need to do is to take your resolution and come up with IDEAS. Literally, brainstorm as many different means of achieving that goal as you can.

It’s important that you come up with LOTS of ideas – don’t start to discount any at this early stage because you think they’re impossible or impractical: that will come later.

These ideas should range from the fairly sensible, “I’ll see if I can start an online business to supplement my income” to the fairly ridiculous, “I’ll ditch my husband and marry a wealthier man!”

Write it all down. Force yourself to come up with at least 20 ideas. Why? Because otherwise you’ll come up with the same old same old two or three ideas that you always come up with, and which so far haven’t led to your achieving your goal.

Once you’ve come up with your ideas, sift through them and decide which ones might be useful. DO NOT just stick to the ‘safe’ ones: even the daft ideas might contain a kernel of something! For example, you might not want to resort to dumping your husband for a millionaire … but might you look for wealthy individuals who might invest in your business idea?

 

Commitment

Once you have your ideas (PLENTY of them) and you’ve sifted through them to decide what can be actioned and what can’t, challenge yourself on two points:

a) Your level of commitment to achieve your overall New Year resolution (on a scale of 1 – 10)

b) Your level of commitment to implementing some of your ideas (Again, on a scale of 1-10)

Really challenge yourself. If on that commitment scale you’re coming up with an answer of 7 or lower … are you actually committed enough?? Are you actually going to bother?

At the end of the day, success will rest on how much you actually want to achieve your goal … and that will dictate how much effort you’re prepared to put in.

 

Execution

It goes without saying (or does it?) that simply having a goal and really wanting to achieve it aren’t enough. DO NOT believe those tempting articles which claim that if you believe enough or want something enough, it will fall into your lap. It won’t.

You have to develop a plan and execute it. That means breaking down your overall goal into manageable steps and setting yourself some deadlines and actually DOING something day by day, week by week, month by month. It’s not difficult, but it does mean DOING something rather than just thinking about it.

And this, my friends, is where most New Year resolutions melt away with the winter frost. Most people won’t.

So what will you do with your New Year resolutions this year? Are they already beginning to fade as we wend our way through January … or will you add some ICE and make them count for something this year?

 

If you’d like to think a bit more deeply about your New Year resolutions and goals, and how you might achieve them, there’s a complimentary e-book at the Yara website at http://www.yaraconsulting.com which might help!

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