You don’t just wake up on New Years day, hung-over with a foggy mind, and start off on a path of improvement. To be successful in next year’s version of you, it is critical to establish a plan and hit the ground running. Next December’s version of you will thank you for your efforts today.
So what does that mean? Here are my recommendations:
- Set Goals, I’ve written about this in depth before. And here.
- After figuring out specifically what you want, write it down. Keep it visible. Have some accountability. It’s funny when you look back. While I don’t do my own goals here publicly every year, I have done it in the past. Looking back at my list from 3 years ago (2012) nearly everything on my list has been checked off. Dog training, book, tropical vacation, kid foundational stuff, camping tradition.
- I like the idea of making a Vision Board to internally look at where you want to go.
- Set yourself up for success ahead of time. Since we have a few days before the New Year, get your gym in order. Get a written plan of attack. Get your shopping for better food done ahead of time. Again, it takes a little planning, but this goes a long way.
- Set some time every month to revisit goals and adjust. Looking to get out of debt in 2016? Keep track of ALL receipts in January and see where the hole is in your money bucket and plug that. Whatever your goals are, keep them front and center and focus on getting them done by revisiting them on a regular basis.
- It helps if you have a partner in your progress. A workout buddy. Or your wife is on board with money stuff. It is possible to be a lone wolf and keep chipping at your goals, but more fun if you have a friend.
If you are honest with yourself, you know what you need to improve on. For most of us it’s finding more health, wealth, and sexier marriages. Sometimes you might need help. Maybe not, but honesty is where things start and build from.
2016 is almost here, and it starts now.