STAND YOUR GROUND
As a New Year arrives, many will start the year off by recalling the ups and downs of the prior twelve months. This is a good thing. This valuable time of reflection serves the purpose of highlighting what went went well and what did not. The wise person will extract from it the lessons learned and incorporate them in new disciplines, actions, and decisions that the new year will demand of them. As you begin to shake the dust off of the prior year and begin establishing new goals, resolutions, and action plans, the key ingredient to a successful new year and the attainment of your intentions will be how solidly you stand your ground with your list of non-negotiables. Ahhhh, yes. That’s where you’re probably wondering, “what list of non-negotiables?” What does that even mean? Here is a fact that you can take to the bank. Most people, whether high, moderate, or low level achievers have never sat down and considered what is non-negotiable in their pursuit of new resolutions, goals, and dreams. In other words, what is it that I am not going to give in to or compromise that can have an adverse effect on my journey if I do? This, above all, I contend is the most critical aspect of any new year planning yet most do not even consider such a thing.
Let me share a few examples. If you’re pursuing a better body or healthier living, then waking up earlier to exercise is non-negotiable. Getting to the gym a few days a week is non-negotiable. If you’re goal is to score higher on academic exams, then staying up late or doing extra work on the weekends is non-negotiable. It’s what you have to do. Period. It’s non-negotiable. If making more money will require you to develop new and better business skills that will cost you money and time, then that is non negotiable. It’s what you need to do and that settles it. If expanding your mind and growing as person is a desire in the new year, then reading more is non-negotiable. Reaching out to a mentor or a qualified leader or specialist in areas that you desire improvement is an absolute. No questions asked. If you want to enrich your relationships this year, then speaking words of affection, encouragement, and support is non-negotiable.
Bottom line, whatever you have decided that you will pursue in this new year, you will have to sit down (immediately) and begin noting not only what it will take to arrive at your target, but what you will not negotiate in order to stand your ground until you arrive at your pre-determined place of success.