Got Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Have you got your New Year Resolutions yet?

Why is Damon talking about New Year’s Resolutions?  We’re in November.  Why are you talking about New Year’s resolutions in November? Don’t you know that New Year’s Resolutions are for January? THE NEW YEAR!!!

If you’re like most people, you wait until January to set up your New Year’s resolutions.  You’ve just finished the holidays with December.  You’re starting the New Year.  You say to yourself, “Hey this is a New Year and I’m going to do things different.  I’m going to do things better!”

If you wait until January to go through the process of developing your New Year’s Resolutions, you are going to be like most people.  You’ll work on your New Year’s Resolutions for about two to three weeks and then you’ll slide back into your old habits and ways of doing things.

There is a certain amount of preparation that is needed to work on your New Year’s Resolutions.

Here is a better way to work with New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. At the beginning of November, review the current year and determine what changes or new things you want to do in the New Year.
  2. Throughout the month of November, develop an action plan to accomplish the New Year’s Resolutions.  Write a very detailed plan about what you need to do to accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions.
  3. Write down rewards for accomplishing the New Year’s Resolutions.
  4. Write down punishments and/or consequences of not achieving the New Year’s Resolutions.

What this does for you is cements in your mind what it takes to accomplish the New Year’s Resolutions.  As a result of this you will develop the resolve that come hell or high water you will get your New Year’s Resolutions done.

Once all the preparation is complete, NOW is the time to implement the plan.  For each of the New Year’s Resolutions, YOU MUST START WORK BY DECEMBER FIRST.

It takes energy and new habits to do something new. If you start working on New Year’s Resolutions in December, you have time and energy to get started.  For most people December starts to slow down.  You will have a little bit more time.  You will be a little be more relaxed.  You have time and energy to start implementing the New Year’s Resolutions.

Now comes January.  You will have the same emotions that everyone else has in January.  It’s a New Year.  I’m going to do things different.  I’m going to do things better!  I’ve got a clean slate.  I’m going to get things done this year!!

But things will be different this year.  You’ll know exactly what you want to accomplish.  You will have the resolve to accomplish the New Year’s Resolutions.  But most importantly, you will have the track record of success of implementing the actions that lead to accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions.

You will be power charged to accomplish you New Year’s Resolutions.  Your chance of succeeding with your New Year’s Resolutions goes up tremendously if you start developing your New Year’s Resolutions in November and implementing by December 1st at the latest.

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