Set Your Goal And Make It Happen
“We usually overestimate what we think we can accomplish in one year — but we grossly underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade.”
– Tony Robbins
2021 is almost over. It’s late December and I hope you did the best you could this year. And I hope that you are determined to make 2022 even better.
Maybe you’re a New Year’s resolution kind of person. Maybe you aren’t. But if you are in the mood to take some advice from an almost 50 year old, keep on reading.
What is the one thing you really want right now for yourself?
Do you have a book you want to write, that you keep putting off? Do you have 35 pounds of excess body fat that you have been thinking about losing since Obama was in office? Are you tired of your boring corporate job and ready to start your own business?
Well let me tell you what — improving yourself is not about changing everything all at once. You just need to pick ONE thing and make it happen in 2022. I am not suggesting that you couldn’t accomplish all three of the above. I believe you could do it, but I know for sure that you WILL actually follow through, if you choose only one of the above. Now let me give you a little guidance for these three resolution examples.
A typical novel has about 60,000 words. Divide that by 52 weeks and it comes to less than 1200 words per week. 175 words per day.
Find 4 hours per week to write and you should have no problem finishing this masterpiece in one year or less.
The weight loss:
Losing two pounds per week is healthy weight loss, so if 35 pounds is the number you want to lose, you need about 4 to 5 months. You need to consume 250 to 500 less calories per day than you were before. That’s a dessert, two alcoholic beverages, or a handful of French fries. Not too much. But every day. And exercise will help a ton. Pushups, walking, yoga — just start with anything that will get you moving more.
This one, unless you already know what business to open, I recommend spending 2022 on figuring it out. Read one business book per month. There are hundreds out there and a simple google search will lead you to a bunch that you can start with. Go to some franchise seminars, and ask your friends who own businesses for advice. Just don’t commit to anything yet — poke around and see what you can find out.
The key to any of this is to make that goal, that resolution, that decision to make a change — and to stick with it. Tell your family and friends if you think it will help hold you accountable. Set a reward for yourself it that will help. Whatever you do, just remember that one year is a long time, but it also goes by fast, especially if you keep putting things off.
Set your goals and work daily to make them a reality.