How’s that new year resolution going?

So it is early in the new year. In fact just three days in. Are you still on track with that new year’s resolution list?

We can sometimes get a little antsy about the promises we made to ourselves for the new year. There might be even more pressure if that new year resolution actually impacted more than just you and your plan for the year. You spoke those words, now you need the plan for action.

Mine are pretty straight forward. And, my plan for action is underway. Eating more healthfully (RedLeaf fitness “turn a new leaf” food program for six weeks starting January 6th) – Fitness Plan (3 times a week at RedLeaf fitness with trainer Kristen Turner…if not training then attending a class) – Monitoring food (checking out NOOM as an app, seems to be really great for support, counsel and monitoring) – Walking 10,000 steps a day (that’s the goal, have Health tracker on the Iphone and pacer app as well) – No Alcohol to March 3rd (this will be interrupted with travel the first two weeks of February but will replace those two weeks into March) – Social Network purge (time to reduce social profiles, more focused, more planful). You will see I’ve not just spoken the words – I’ve planned some action.

With all of the positive words, phrases, thoughts for 2019 – you might have some fun with this word art tool. If nothing else it might give you some inspiration in your workspace.

Have some fun and create some word art with some of the thoughts that are on your mind for your world in 2019:

When you look at your list you will find different magnitudes of thought and interest. Some of the thoughts might have a significant consequence, some of them minor, some of them are things that should just get done.  On a lighter scale, some are perhaps wishful thoughts.

Commitment

None of it will get done, without a commitment to do and action to follow.

Furthermore, whatever it is that you/we/ I want to get done – it doesn’t just magically happen because someone decided to make it happen for us. We have the power to take the action and get on with the doing. As I often say “Your day is as good as you make it, like my day is as good as I make it” @FergDevins (click to tweet)

Two Resources

I’ve always been a big fan of Chris Brogan and Rob Hatch at owner.org. They have a couple of new year models that are worth reviewing. The first is “Brave New year”, the second is Chris’ “three words” approach to the year. What’s really important here is that they set a context for action. They are not necessarily initiatives unto themselves. They set a context to shift mindset to help you get focussed on who and what you need to be to get things moving in a direction. That direction might be a continued direction or a new direction or perhaps a level above last year’s direction. The important factor, in my opinion, is that they are foundational. They lay a foundation for the rest of the year. Chris and Rob have ongoing webinars and a slew of resources for personal and business development needs.

The other person that I have been watching, following and now engaged with, in a year-long program, is Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin is working on his PHD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has created the “52 Week Momentum” program for 2018. It was truly awesome. For 2019 Ben is taking his program to a new level in creating AMP 2019 – Accelerate Momentum Program. It is a weekly coaching session that drops into your email with resource recommendations, readings and occasional homework. Benjamin offers lots of coaching, support, and tools to keep you on track over the 52 weeks of 2019. There are also lots of groups created so that you share in insights, learning, and conversation about how your year is progressing. The Facebook group brings people from around the world together in conversations of possibility. Benjamin also writes some very inspiring and helpful posts at Medium. He’s one of the leading writers in that space and his clear thinking and suggestions for success are wonderfully inspiring.

Structured Support

So don’t despair. Find your support network and system that you need to fulfill on success this year and for years to come. It might be a friend that you meet for coffee each week, your spouse, your children, your extended family or a mentor and coach. Perhaps your team at work needs to have a morning or afternoon workshop to determine “what’s important and how are we going to get it done”.For you personally, it can also be various personal support systems. Fitness – A Trainer, Diet – “Lose It App”, “NOOM”, Social Media Knowledge – Social Media Examiner, Finances –  Freshbooks, and the list goes on.

Like the famous weight loss coach for men Harvey Brooker used to say, “If you could have done it alone –  you would have done it already” Harvey Brooker (RIP)

Take Action NOW

Importantly, don’t let another month slide by and still be sitting at the current place with respect to fulfilling your plan for the new year. Take action today. Map it out, write it down, plan milestones, make commitments, journal it, envision it, calendarize it. As Benjamin Hardy would suggest – decide who you need “to be” to make that happen.

Wishing you a Great 2019

Finally, when you question yourself about how that new year resolution is going, what response would you like to have for yourself? By setting your goals, with a plan for action, your year will be as good as you want to make it. Let’s do this!

Wishing you much happiness, peace, joy, and harmony in 2019. Cheers!

@fergdevins