How To Achieve More In A Single Year Than Most Achieve In A Lifetime

Live the best year of your life

George J. Ziogas
Dec 28, 2018 · 14 min read
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“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi

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Review Your Past

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  • Financial challenges repeat themselves.
  • Your past challenges with work will be your future challenges at work.
  • Your diet and exercise plans will fail for the same reasons they’ve failed in the past.
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Hobbies
  • Spiritual/religious activities
  • Family

Reviewing the past is a critical component of creating the future:

(1) What were the highlights from last year? Create a list of say 5 positive experiences from the last year. Go with your gut. Anything that fills you with positive emotions can be a highlight.

“Learn from the past, look to the future, but live in the present.” — Petra Nemcova

Strive for Balance

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  • Be successful at your career at the expense of your relationships.
  • Be successful at your spiritual interests at the expense of your career.

“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar

Design Your Life Before Setting Goals

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Determine the lifestyle you’d like to live:

(1) How do you want to make money? With few exceptions, every adult needs to earn money to survive. The ways of earning money are only limited by your imagination.

  • Do you want a corporate career?
  • Do you want to be creative?
  • With others or alone?
  • Weekends?
  • Kindness
  • Sense of humor

“Balance is good, because one extreme or the other leads to misery, and I’ve spent a lot of my life at one of those extremes.” — Trent Reznor

Set Goals That Increase the Level of Balance in Your Life

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Find balance by choosing your goals intelligently:

(1) Create one goal for each area of your life. You can create your own categories, but limit the number to say 6–8. Set bigger goals in the areas of your life that are lagging or are the most disagreeable to you.

“One of the greatest resources people cannot mobilize themselves is that they try to accomplish great things. Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.” — Nido Qubein

Gather Your Resources

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Get the help you need:

(1) Determine what you need to learn. Do you already know everything you need to know in order to be successful? Most importantly, do you know enough to get started?

  • Online courses
  • Books
  • Audio programs/podcasts
  • YouTube

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan

Identify Potential Obstacles

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Identify the obstacles that can stand in your way:

(1) People. Interestingly, the people in your life can be the biggest obstacles you’ll face. There are very few people in your life that will be 100% supportive of your efforts. The remainder can directly or indirectly sabotage your efforts.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge

Do You Have What it Takes?

Attaining your goals isn’t just about having goals and doing the right things.

Cultivate the attributes that guarantee you’ll achieve your goals:

(1) Make a list of attributes that support the achievement of your goals. Take each goal individually and consider the type of person that would achieve that goal. What do you need to become?

  • More self-esteem?
  • A different attitude?
  • A new set of beliefs?
  • More proactive?

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis

In Conclusion

There’s a lot to do to create the best year of your life,

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George J. Ziogas

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I come from a land down under | Manners will take you where money won’t | HR Consultant | OHS Specialist | Personal Trainer

Live Your Life On Purpose

Get Purpose. Get Perspective. Get Passion.

George J. Ziogas

Written by

I come from a land down under | Manners will take you where money won’t | HR Consultant | OHS Specialist | Personal Trainer

Live Your Life On Purpose

Get Purpose. Get Perspective. Get Passion.

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