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Make Your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality in 2012

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By Steve Siebold

People get excited when January 1st rolls around because they see it as an opportunity to start over.  They usually make many different New Year’s resolutions encompassing everything from weight loss to making more money.  The problem is by February 1, most of these people are back doing the same old thing.

Here is the last advice you’ll ever need to make and keep your 2012 New Year’s resolutions:

Get Really Clear and Committed to What You Want

One of the biggest reasons people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions is because they aren’t clear about what they want to achieve.  You must get really clear about what you want to change, define it in detail and get totally committed to doing it.  Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.”  The correct way to define this goal is to get really specific.  Instead, say, “My goal is to lose 20 pounds in the next two months.  I’m going to commit to being at the gym every morning at 7am and eat healthy and nutritious meals.”

The other big mistake most people make is their lack of commitment.  In mental toughness training, we say it’s all or nothing.  If you’re on a diet, for example, you can’t let those old thoughts, habits or temptations to cheat in the door for even a second.  It sounds harsh, but 99% compliance is failure.  You wouldn’t cheat on your partner in a committed relationship, and you shouldn’t cheat on your diet either.

Expect Obstacles

It’s important to understand that everyday isn’t going to be smooth sailing and there will be times when you want to throw in the towel.  If you know ahead of time that you are going to run into obstacles, you can be better prepared to deal with them.  There will be days when you don’t feel well, your kids are stressing you out, and you’ve had a bad day at work or a fight with your partner.  Whatever the case, know that days like this are going to happen.  While you can’t change that, you can take control of how you handle these situations.  Have a plan to stay on track.   If you’re not ready to suffer during adversity, you’re not going to succeed.

Choose Discipline Over Pleasure

To achieve your New Year’s resolutions, rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being most disciplined.  How disciplined are you in the different areas of your life?  How disciplined have you been in the past about resolutions you wanted to accomplish but didn’t?  To have a great year and reach your goals, you need to become more disciplined.

Discipline is the watchword of great performers.  Discipline makes the difference between the good and the great.  It’s the ability to stay the course and complete promises you’ve made.  The fulfillment of these promises, or resolutions, builds confidence and self-esteem, which eventually leads you to believe that almost anything is possible.

Write a letter

Write a letter and describe your life to a friend as if you haven’t seen them in a while.   Detail the way you would want things to be in five years.  Some people prefer one year, others like three years.  It’s whatever motivates you the most. Read the letter every day and it will help keep you on track.

Lose Your Approval Addiction

Stop caring about what other people think about your dreams.  Psychologists call it “approval addiction”, and once you overcome it to any significant degree, you are free of the psychological chains that bind most people from ever experiencing world-class success.  When it comes to resolutions, your friends or family might try to talk you out of an idea or tell you that you’re wasting your time.  If you are truly committed to doing something, do it because it pleases you.

Become Future-Oriented

The average person often lives in the past, while champions look toward the future.  Pros habitually focus on the present while creating their ultimate vision for, and landscape of, the future.  This future orientation allows them to dream of grand visions and unlimited possibilities.  It also keeps them motivated and moving forward by keeping the proverbial carrot out in front.

When it comes to your New Year’s resolutions, you must be future-oriented.  If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, think of how great you’ll look with a sexy, lean body.  If you’re trying to make more money, think of all the things you’ll do with that money.  How does it make you feel?  Use this as your motivation to keep you moving forward.

2012 is right around the corner.  Whatever your goals, sharpen your mental toughness tools and get ready for your best year ever!

Steve Siebold is an internationally recognized mental toughness expert. His corporate clients include Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor and Gamble. He’s author of the international best-selling book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class. A former professional tennis player, today Siebold is a mental toughness coach to Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes and other super achievers.

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