A New Year’s resolution is only as good as your ability to see it through. Will this year’s resolution die a slow, painful death like so many before it? Will its fate be sealed immediately? Or will it live on thanks to your determination and commitment to stick to it?
When it comes down to it, your success will depend on your pride. Sometimes reaching your goals is hard, and quitting seems like a viable option. But with self-control—and a plan—you can achieve your objectives.
The pride, commitment and control is up to you. But the plan is something you can get a little help with:
1. Be Honest
Most people fail because they set unrealistic goals. Be honest about what is doable—and then do it. Know that you won’t be perfect and tell yourself that it’s okay to take three steps forward and one back. It’s life. It happens.
2. Understand the Value Proposition
Know that nothing comes easy. Achieving goals takes determination and perhaps even a few tears. Understand the pain that it takes to realize life’s sweet, sweet rewards down the road.
3. See the Macro, Act Micro
No major accomplishment happens overnight. Keep your mind focused on the ultimate prize and your body doing the day-to-day activities it takes to get it accomplished.
4. Set Goals
It’s easy to say you’re going to do something, but actually achieving goals is hard—unless you have goals. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals that build to the ultimate goal.
5. Tell Everyone
There are a lot of reasons you should tell others about your plan. They can help you. They can help hold you accountable. And they will help you celebrate once you reach your goals.
Reward yourself when you reach your goals. That’s what life is all about.
Millions of people will see their resolutions die this year. Those who succeed will be the exception, as well as the living examples of the power of pride and a plan. Be the exception and set an example for others, and then tell them about your success at Sentenced 2 Life. Be proud. Be an inspiration. Wear your pride—literally!
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