I can’t remember looking forward to a new year more than this one. I’ve got big plans for 2017 on every level: work, family, community. I plan to give more, do more, be more and still not lose the essence of my soul, always hunting and creating an opportunity for success.
In this time of resolutions and planning, rather than sharing what I’m going to do, I thought I’d tell you HOW I’m going to do it. If you’ve read The Hunt, you can get right back in and study some of these techniques there. If you haven’t and you’d like to, shoot me an email and I’ll send you one!
Here are my top tips for making and sticking to resolutions and carrying them out throughout the year:
Write them down! I did this just Monday. I put it in my calendar, set aside the time and wrote down my goals for my family, my companies, my community. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can use a journal, your iPad, a series of sticky notes. The material doesn’t matter. It needs to be something you can keep and refer to when you are feeling off course.
Associate a feeling with each goal. Intellectually, you know you should, say, Exercise 2X per week. Connecting that to an emotional result will help you get there! Exercise creates endorphins, endorphins make you happy and relieve stress. Now you are equating exercise with happiness.
Visualize yourself both working toward and reaching your goal. Using the exercise example, see yourself on that treadmill, yoga mat, weight bench. See yourself trimmer, looser, more well rested, happier. Visualization is one of my favorite techniques. It also allows you to plan for pitfalls and see barriers that might be in your way.
Check in with your goals: daily, weekly, monthly. Acknowledge small wins daily. Break down your weekly goals into manageable parts so you can knock out one or two without breaking a sweat. Be real with yourself monthly – are you moving forward? Are you stuck? Who or what can help you get moving?
Let’s make 2017 the best year yet! We are all hunters, and we will hit our targets. I would love to know what your resolutions are and will do my best to help you stay on track throughout the year. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and go out and get what you are hunting for in 2017. It’s gonna be epic!