You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, heck, you may have even purchased one, two, or seven different products to help you lay out your road to success in 2016.
I do have to admit that I (almost) fell prey to all of the marketing hype. I started to panic and it went a little like this:
What plan? Oh man, this year’s plan has to be THE BEST plan! Where can I find out the perfect elements to include so that I am guaranteed an amazing year? My plan has to be SO GOOD and it has to be DONE this month. This planning is SO DIFFERENT from the planning that I’m already doing and I just have to do something NEW and BIG if I want to be successful.
And then I took a deep breath and realized, wait. I know how to do this. I help my clients do this. And, planning is something that I do on a regular basis as it is.
So, I started to sketch out what I want next year to look like (no huge stress here because I find that it’s much easier to work in 12 week increments) and referred to one of my favorite books, The 12 week year.
So, I started to dig in.
And I started to think about why so many people – AMAZING and SMART people – fail to achieve their goals.
It’s definitely not for a lack of marketing mojo around why you need to plan for your success.
It’s not for a lack of products and programs that offer to help you put your plan together.
No, it’s for a lack of something much bigger. And more powerful.
It’s for a lack of sitting and getting uncomfortable for a few minutes. (Go ahead, squirm if you need to.)
What I’m about to tell you isn’t fun. But it’s super important.
When you look at your big goals and your small goals and you let yourself drift away as you imagine how great you’ll feel and what that new level of “success” will give to you, I want you to also look at something else.
I want you to take a hard look in the mirror.
Look at all of the excuses (masquerading around as “reasons”) for why you might not achieve that goal.
What are you going to have to give up or do differently?
Are you going to need to get up early every morning? Does it require that you have some uncomfortable conversations? What about spending less time on Facebook and more time at networking events? What about sitting down and finally writing that presentation that you have locked away in your brain?
Whatever it is that you’ll need to do differently (and you must do things differently if you want to achieve different results), I want you to sit with that for a moment.
Now, will you do something with me, please? Pull out your ninja sword because we’re going to need it. We need to figure out how you’ll overcome your natural resistance to do these things.
Change isn’t easy and it always meets with resistance.
This is the single biggest reason that amazing coaches fail to reach their goals. They don’t look at what needs to change on a daily, micro level, and prepare for how they’ll overcome the resistance that will come up. Still have your ninja sword handy? Good, because we are going to dig in…
Ok, so are you worried that you may not get up when the alarm goes off at 4:30am?
What if you prepare to overcome this by reminding yourself that you just need to get up and get a drink of water and THEN you can decide if it’s worth it (believe me, once you are up, it’s much easier to stay up.) Or, what if, right before bed, you focus on the benefits and changes you’ll see in your life and business when you get up at 4:30am? What if your spouse (nicely) kicks you out of bed?
Whatever strategy you choose is perfect. The key is to have the strategy.
The good and bad news is that it’s the hardest to get through this resistance the first few times that you do it. Once you’ve muscled through it a few times, though, each day gets incrementally easier.
Preparing for your goals and looking at where you want to be is really fun and exciting and sparkly and all filled with glitter. It’s wonderful, I know.
And I really want you to actually get THERE this year, OK? I love glitter too. To do that, take a few minutes to prepare for the battle that will present itself. When you are prepared, you can handle anything that comes your way. (And it never hurts to have your ninja sword handy, too.)
Please share: What are 3 places you’ll encounter resistance as you move toward your goals for 2016?
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