New Year’s Resolutions, a bit like Marmite?

I’m all for New Year’s Resolutions, and Marmite for that matter, but there are those of you who detest them.

Groan at the mere mention.

Sorry to break it to you but people who set goals get more of what they want.

Let’s keep it simple this year, how about trying to achieve just one thing?

Answer this; what one thing would you like to have achieved by the end of 2016 to make it one of your best yet?

Just One Thing

It could be a fitness goal, maybe a work goal but spend some time deciding on what would really make a difference to your life. There are a couple of things I would like to achieve this year, such as:

I would like to run 10K, I’m not a runner and have used injury as an excuse for the past couple of years. This year I would really like to prove to myself I can do it.

I would also like to start my online training academy, that’s been on hold for the past year due to other commitments, I had to take David Allen’s advice.

“You can do anything but not everything”

But when I really ask that question, what one thing would really make a difference to my life, the answer is to finish writing a book I started to almost 12 years ago, a very different book to what I have written in the past. This book is about Motherhood and this book is going to be a movie.

The Single Focus

Having a single focus, an overriding goal really helps you to stay motivated. The year should revolve around it, all other goals should support it and help you to move closer to it. Having a single focus can be a powerful tool to help you get what you want. Having a single focus doesn’t preclude you from having other goals but it does filter out the unnecessary things that waste your time and helps you to make decisions about how you spend your time based on this single focus.

The Creation of a Habit

If there is one thing that you really want this year, there will be a coinciding habit that you need to create in order to achieve it. Writing, running, meditation whatever the goal, there will be a habit that helps you get there. Identify the habit that you need to create and plan it into your life for the next 12 months, then “The One Thing” can be weaved into your everyday. It will become part of who you are over the next 12 months and will be part of who you are for the rest of your life.

Love them or hate them, it’s time to embrace New Year’s Resolutions.

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