Will 2008 be my Best Year Ever? This is THE question I hope you’ll ask yourself sometime between now and midnight (if you haven’t done so already).
And of course, what begs to follow that question is a DECISION … a PLAN … and ACTION … and one more SECRET INGREDIENT. That secret ingredient is the part most people will miss after they envision their Best Year Ever!
Deciding to have YOUR Best Year Ever! is only one quarter of the equation. A plan is only one quarter of the equation. And even “taking action” is a quarter that still leaves even the completely convinced resolution maker short by a considerable stretch.
Here’s proof: Once again, on January 2, I will witness a familiar yearly phenomenon/tragedy/mistake — one that has amazed me for the last twenty years. When I go to the gym this Wednesday morning it will be uncommonly crowded with people who’ve made a New Year’s resolution and decided to get healthier and leaner by exercising more in the New Year.
Some of them may have even researched and crafted an exercise and nutrition plan.
Some will have even set a goal — for example, how much weight they want to lose.
Success is practically theirs, right? Wrong. Sorry. Not by a long shot.
Add it up. They made a decision and committed in their heart and mind to exercise for weight loss and/or overall health (25%). They designed a plan for their success (now we’re up to 50%). They actually took action and are physically in the gym (75%).
Can you feel it? Now they have three-quarters of the equation to be successful. They are almost there!
Now let’s fast forward roughly 45 days. It’s February 14, 2008. Love is in the air (but that’s not a critical part of this story). I walk into the gym and I say my usual “Hellos” to the regular morning crew – think of Cheers but without Norm and the beer — the same folks who were there this morning, December 31, 2007.
What happened to the uncommonly crowded gym? It’s back to “normal.” Virtually all of the people who decided, planned, and took action to get healthy and lose weight in 2008 lost only one thing. And it’s not weight.
What they lost: The fourth — and the one ingredient critical to success.
Success Secret Ingredient #4:
Once the weight didn’t come off in the first week … or there was an inch of snow on the ground and when the alarm went off their inner dialogue was like, “What! It’s cold, and dark, and I’ve got to shovel the driveway, and scrape my windshield off … And man, that first week of weight training. I thought my arms were going to fall off. And on top of that my legs were killing me from that stupid elliptical machine. And … And … ”
And, so it goes. That’s why I call it a phenomenon/tragedy and a big mistake.
It happens in every area of life for a lot of people. It’s not just in fitness and exercise. I would list the Top 10 New Year Resolutions but you can Google them (they have not changed much in 2000 years).
Don’t let it happen to you. Not this year. And never again.
The fourth ingredient to success is consistent whether it is in business, relationships, health and fitness or faith.
Follow Through! Finish what you’ve started, what you committed to achieve.
I’m so excited for this upcoming year I can hardly stand it; I’m like a kid in a candy shop.
This moment in time – this New Year’s Eve — reminds me of a Van Morrison song title: Dweller on the Threshold.
That’s how I feel. I’m a Dweller on the Threshold.
And so are you. Who knows how many lives you will positively touch this year … how many people will be moved by your words and your actions. Which relationships will flourish and grow? Who might you meet that could have a profound affect on you and transform your life? What new discoveries might your children make and experience that change their life and yours. What new technological advances might emerge that creates new opportunities and revenue streams for you?
There are endless opportunities waiting for you, if and when you follow through!
I truly want this to be YOUR Best Year Ever!
Winners do what losers chose not to do – Follow Through!
I wish you and your family a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Eric Taylor is the Chief Inspiration Officer of SelfGrowth.com and founder of New Jersey based Empowerment Group International. He delivers more than 100 energized and interactive keynotes, workshops and seminars each year to corporations, associations and tradeshows. He is the author of the Energy Passport, Co-creator of the Best Year Ever! Personal Empowerment Program and Co-author of The Complete Sales Training Encyclopedia. Eric can be reached at 732.761.9930 ext.114 or email Eric@SelfGrowth.com or Eric@EmpowermentGroup.com