Planning for the future at the end of the year

December 12, 2011 by David Hanscom

It is hard to believe how fast this year has flown by! If you are like me this is about the time of the year when you pull out that proverbial New Year’s Resolution, maybe even dust it off, and evaluate how well you did.  Having difficulty finding it may be the first indication how how well you did.  Year in and year out we promise ourselves that we are going to do better next year.  Starting off with a full head of steam and then only to be kicked in the face by that thing they call LIFE!  I’d would like to offer 8 suggestions that have helped me and will hopefully help you make your resolution for next next more of a reality than ever…

1. Write It Down
It is proven that when something is written down and re-read often it becomes cemented into your way of thinking and increases your chance of success.

2. Find A Replacement
If you find yourself writing down bad habits or activities you plan to break/stop,  replace them with good habits to counter the bad ones instead.  The gaol is to keep it positive and uplifting.

3. Tell Someone About It
In the fast paced society we all live in accountability is paramount.  Make the people you trust aware of your goals and aspirations and ask them to help hold you accountable.  In addition, allow them to assist you by providing resources and information you will need to accomplish your goals.

4. Take Small Steps (Daily)
Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed.  It is proven that several small accomplishments give your the strength and encouragement to take on larger goals.  They give you the confidence to face greater challenges and not give up.

5. Don’t Forget To Also Take BIG Steps
As addressed in #4, small steps will help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed, it is equally important to know when to take Big Steps.  You should not take all year to accomplish things that ca be done in a month, a week or even a day!  Get to work and GET IT DONE!

6. Make A Decision and Take Action! Know WHY
It is important to know your “WHY”…Why are you doing what you are doing, why are you willing to sacrifice? When your “WHY” becomes bigger than your “How” and “When” you will be laser focused on the task at hand.  Write down your reasons why and refer back to them in a time of indecision or if you become stagnant.  One of my favorite quotes to live by is, “If your WHY doesn’t make you cry, find and other WHY!”  this mindset will implore you to take action.

7. Team Up
Just as was mentioned in #3, it is very important to find a “success buddy” or an “accountability partner”.  This should be someone you can check in with every week and evaluate your progress.  It should be someone who is not a family member, most family members are unable to remove personal feeling and put you in your place or call you out on the carpet when you need to be.  Choose someone you trust and can handle getting the truth from, even when it doesn’t make you happy.  Remember, it is designed for your growth not to hold you back.

8. Celebrate Your Successes
It is very important to celebrate your successes.  This will keep you more focused on your goals and provide a much needed boost of confidence and acknowledgment of accomplishment.

Implement these tips into your New Year’s Resolution and I can just about guarantee this time next year you will be jumping for joy at the increase in positive outcome!  Make it a Great Year!

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David Hanscom David Hanscom (16 Posts)

David Hanscom is the Director of Entertainment for Y? Entertainment and co-founder of Spirit Strong, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and empowering challenged athletes and individuals with disabling injuries. He is acknowledged as an industry expert both locally and nationally. He began his career working for A.F.R.T.S. (Armed Forces Radio and Television Services) during High School, while living in Bermuda. David has also worked in a variety of entertainment fields including radio, television (music video show production), record company street teams and concert/event promotion & management firms.


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