How’s that new year resolution going?

So it is still very early in the new year. Heck February 22nd…still early in 2021. 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.

Let’s face it, 2020 was a year like no other, never, nadda, nope – and hopefully not one like that ever again!

I like to think that my intentions for the year are pretty straight forward. My plan for action is underway. Eating more healthfully (dabbling with the 17 day diet) – More active (target 10,000 steps a day…or 5K walk a day) – Monitoring food (just simply getting back to eating healthy, smaller portions, less fat, cut back on the wings, reduce adult beverages) –  More focused on social networks (Interesting find of the new Clubhouse App which is actually like a conversational podcast where you get to participate). Goals are not too lofty – but no matter how grand they need to be actioned.

It is said that it takes 21 days to create a habit or 21 days to rid yourself of a habit. To keep the new habit it takes commitment and determination. A commitment to self discipline.

With all of the positive words, phrases, thoughts for 2021 – you might have some fun with this word art tool below. 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 2021:

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. Hey…why not dream a little bit too.

Reinforcing Personal 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 only as good as YOU make it”.

Three Resources To Consider

I’ve always been a big fan of Chris Brogan and Rob Hatch at owner.org. Chris always kicks off the year with the practice of defining his three words. It is a powerful way to focus on three contextual words that can set up goals and your purpose for the year ahead. 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 the 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.

Another person I have come to respect and follow is Dr. Benjamin Hardy. Ben has been working on a really great 12 month program since he first launched is “52 Week Momentum” course and weekly coaching through to his current AMP (Accelerated Momentum Program) that integrates accountability pods with weekly check ins. Lots of great resources at Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin has his PHD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 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.

Finally, an annual event that focused on social media – the Social Media Marketing World Summit – was a wonderful conference held in San Diego in March. Last year I attended. We were the last 4500 person conference in the San Diego Convention Centre before the COVID-19 lockdown. Amazed that we got in and out of there without a major situation as the pandemic descended upon the states. Social Media Examiner is the oversight group and lots of wonderful resources. I’m a member of the Social Media Marketing Society with great online resources available at every turn and such a welcoming and supportive group on all platforms.

Structured Support

So don’t despair. Find your support network and system that you need to fulfil 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, New prospects – Clubhouse 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 (R.I.P.)”.

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 2021

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. 2021 can only be better than 2021 – Let’s do this!

Wishing you much happiness, peace, joy, and harmony in 2021. Cheers!

@fergdevins