Hopefully this is helpful to some people with the new year getting ready to roll in…
When it comes to setting New Years Resolutions, here is what you need to make them actually happen:
Deadlines. I have learned this so hard this year. If you don’t set deadlines for the things you want to accomplish, they mean nothing. And by deadlines, I don’t mean, ‘I want to accomplish [insert goal] by the end of 2019.’ I mean monthly, weekly, even daily steps you can take to reach your year-end goals.
Let’s say you want to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year. You can’t simply say, ‘My goal is to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year. I plan to do this by working out more and eating less carbs.’ This is a GREAT start, but it won’t work because you have no deadlines here to hold you accountable. If you want to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year, you need to lose a little over 4 lbs a month, which is almost a pound a week. To lose a pound a week, you need to figure out what your daily energy expenditure is and calculate your macronutrients to support weight loss. You need to have this figured out by day 1. See the difference? Deadlines make sure you check in daily because you have goals that need to be met along the way.
Deadlines were somewhat of an afterthought for me since I was kind of thrust into the entrepreneurship world and forced to hit the ground running. They have quickly become the driving force behind my successes. Not only do they hold me accountable, they also push me to be creative.
Creativity thrives under intelligent limitations.
If you don’t set deadlines, you’re not even giving yourself a chance. Do you want to spend another year floating around and letting life happen to you? Or do you want to see what you’re really made of? If you want to uncover the strong, capable, goal-crushing version of yourself that you’ve buried under your excuses, Give. Yourself. Deadlines!
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