The 'give it a go' bit
What successes will you have in 2006? Here’s your chance to spend five minutes giving some thought to your year ahead.
Step One - Decide what you are going to do
Simple, but effective! Open your lorry, survey what you’ve collected and pick something to deliver. Start with the sentence
‘In 2006 I will…….’ and complete it with up to six things that you will do.
They can be things you’d really like to do, things you didn’t get round to last year, things you’ve always dreamed of or things you know you must do. Even if you can only think of one, note it down. Achieving one thing is better than regretting a year.
Step Two - State it in the positive
What you are going to do needs to be uplifting. ‘I’ll try to lose a stone through dieting’ can seem incredibly depressing. ‘I will follow a healthy balanced eating plan’ has a more positive appeal to it. Note the use of the word ‘will’. Affirm what you ‘will’ do, rather than what you’ll ‘try’ to do.
Step Three - Create your motivation
What will doing these things give you? Create a compelling reason for doing it, otherwise it won’t get done! Whether you’re learning a new skill, improving your lung capacity, breaking out of a routine or being able to spend quality time with your children, without motivation, you’ll be putting your goal back in the lorry, undelivered.
Step Four - Tell someone else what you’re going to do
Experience has shown me that you are much more likely to do the things you said you would if you’ve told someone else that you will do it.
Does it work? I did a similar exercise with friends last year. They noted down five things they were going to do in 2005 and it’s amazing what they all achieved.
If you’d like someone else to keep a note of good things in the back of your lorry that this year will see the light of day, then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll keep a note of them and email you every few months to see what progress you have made.
Have a great year and I really look forward to hearing about your successes.
Your monthly thought to contemplate…
‘I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.’ Diane Ackerman