How to Destroy Your New Year’s Resolutions
I’m sure you’re pumped and ready to destroy 2018. I’m right there with you. Are you on track to reach your goals? Did you know that a recent survey said that 80% of people will fail their New Year’s resolutions by February 15th? That’s pretty sad…
I don’t want you to become a statistic.
When you’re goals are huge, it’s easy to give up on them when the enthusiasm dries up. That’s why so many people go back to their old habits in a month. Discipline is the only thing that will maintain your resolutions after the New Year’s rush fades away.
If you’re anything like me, you know how hard it is to develop discipline. Some days you get it right and some days you get off track. I can tell you that when I use a daily ritual, I have my best days. I’m more consistently on track with my goals. I’m in control of my life and I feel like I’m winning.
When I get it right:
● I’m happier
● I have more energy
● I’m more confident
● I get more done
I believe that people lose enthusiasm toward their goals because they don’t swim in them every day. If you don’t have them in front of you, then it’s easy to not value them. Using a daily ritual will help you stay focused on what’s important to you and what actions you need to take. It helps create normalcy, prediction, and control in this unpredictable world.
Keep in mind, I’m not concerned with getting my daily ritual100% right. I’m more interested in building discipline and beating my goals into my head. That’s why I like to take a short runway by working in spurts.
If I can set a new pattern over a three or five day period, then I’ve proven to myself that I’ve got something good going on.
When I do that, I’m more likely to stick with it. My daily ritual can change but there are a few things that I always do. Use them to stay on track with your 2018 resolutions:
#1 Beat the Sun Up
I start with a win. I always do my best when I have control over my day. I wake up before the sun rises. When I beat the sun up, I feel accomplished and that I’m winning. Get yourself psyched up. All you have to do is get out of bed.
#2 Journal Your Future
Regardless of how I feel, I roll out of bed and write down my goals. I’ve been doing this since I was 25 years old. In my book, “Be Obsessed or Be Average,” I talk a lot about feeding the beast and starving the doubt. My past is not what I have my attention on, it’s my future. I’m not focused on what happened, but what I want to make happen. Ask yourself what do you want to create moving forward.
#3 Keep Your Day Full of Activity
Your doubts and fears will increase when you start to play a bigger game on bigger fields. Control your inner voices by getting a jumpstart on your day. Don’t wait until you get to work to figure out what you’re going to do. Jam your day with so much activity that you can’t get in trouble. I guarantee that anytime you got off track was because there was too much time available to you. The more time you give yourself, the more time you have to screw up.
Don’t be like everyone else and drop your goals the second week of February.
Use your daily ritual to train yourself to win by simply waking up earlier and keeping your goals in front of you. You’re not going to complete your daily ritual perfectly — life can be unpredictable. Don’t get stuck trying to attain perfection. You just need to win most of the time.
If you want to learn more about the daily rituals of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, reserve your seat at the 10XGrowthCon 2018. If you can hold onto your goals between now and the conference on February 22nd, I’ll take care of the rest.
Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, Entrepreneur.com, and the Huffington Post. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.