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the New Year’s Revolution

I built this website because, every year, I hear so many people give up on their goals, dreams, and aspirations because they set the bar too high with their Resolutions on New Year’s Eve.

I start seeing the “A New Year, New You” mantra everywhere around mid-December and it seems like everyone is riding a positivity high, but then it quickly fades some time in February.

It can be frustrating, but together, we can change it.

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The New Year’s Resolution is Broken.

It’s Time for a

New Strategy.

I know, I know; “Revolution” is a lofty word. But I’m serious; the traditional New Year’s Resolution doesn’t work, and we need to reinvent our goal-setting system. We need a revolution and I’ll give you three reasons why:

  1. The very nature of setting a resolution on New Year’s Eve promotes procrastination. People put off what they could start today knowing that they can set the resolution later.
  2. Setting one huge goal at the beginning of each year makes it nearly impossible to stay focused on that goal all year long. Most people lose focus sometime in February.
  3. Because of this procrastination and lack of focus, most people tend to set the wrong goals, such as trying to lose a quick 45 pounds instead of practicing proper diet and exercise all year long, which leads to discouragement.

So, How Do We Fix It? Where Do We Start?

I’m so glad you asked! I truly believe that the quest towards self-improvement starts with a  strategy like this:

  1. Assess where you are right now
  2. Focus on where you want to go
  3. Plan and document the steps to get there
  4. Break your plan down into daily actions and habits
  5. Practice discipline in doing those things every, single day
  6. Support each other!
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1. Access Where You Are Right Now

Understanding where you are in life is the most essential step of this entire process. After all, there is no way to plan a course to your desired destination without first knowing where you are. Profound, right? But seriously, a map is useless if you don’t have a starting point. Your phone’s GPS cannot plot your route without first knowing where you are.

So before you start thinking about your life ten years from now, think about where you are now. How did you get here? Did you intend to get here or was it an accident? Are you happy here or do you want to be somewhere else? It helps to journal this out as you think through the questions.

Knowing where you are and acknowledging how you feel about your current place in life will give you a solid jumping off point, whether it be in a new direction, or down your current path.

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2. Focus on Where You Want to Go

Once you know where you are and how you got there, think about where it is that you want to go. This is important! Too many people set goals based on what other people are doing or based on what they think other people expect. Please don’t do this!

Instead, take stock of where you want to be in 1 year, 5 years, and even 10 years. Don’t just think about where you want to go, visualize it. Think deeply about what life could be like if you got to where you wanted to go. How horrible would it be to find yourself in a huge house in 10 years because that is what society portrays as successful when what you really wanted was to live in your own RV and travel the country?

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3. Planning and Documenting

Now that you know where you want to go, you need to plan and document how you’re going to get there. This step is crucial. If you’re going to lose weight, what plan are you going to follow and how will you track your success?

When I wanted to power-lift my way into the 1250lb club, I chose a plan from Bodybuilding.com with a proven track record, and I logged every single workout in their app, Bodyspace. And guess what, it worked! It took a long time, but my destination was clear in my mind, and I closely tracked my progress against a plan.

You need to do the same, regardless of your goal, or you will be more than likely to fail. Planning gets you going and documenting keeps you going through intentional focus. Use a notebook, a dedicated app, your favorite planner, or whatever works best for you, but be sure to document.

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4. Breaking It Down

Most goals can be pretty big, right? Lose 50 pounds. Launch a personal blog. Save $5,000.00 for a trip. Setting out to do any one of these things, even with a clear plan, can seem daunting at best, maybe even impossible. That’s why we break things down into smaller goals.

To run a marathon, you might start by running half a mile just a few days a week. Then, once you’re comfortable with that, you could start running longer distances more frequently. Maybe you could sign up for a couple local 5k runs to get a feel for the competition. Finally, after hitting all of these smaller goals (which you’ve documented in a log, right?) you could tackle the marathon with no problem.

The key is to break your goal down into the smallest manageable, yet effective, pieces. This will give you more checkpoints, and more frequent successes which will keep you motivated.

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5. Forming Habits and Practicing Discipline

Alright, so we’ve worked our way through understanding where we were, where we wanted to be, how we’re going to get there, and we’ve broken it down into attainable steps. Now, we need to commit to ourselves to a routine that supports our new goals. This can be the most difficult step, but if you pull it off, you’ll be unstoppable.

Countless studies show that motivation, willpower, and decision making are all finite in nature, meaning they can run out each day. So, what happens if you use all of your motivation and willpower doing things that don’t support your goals before you even get around to your goals for the day? More than likely, you’re going to miss the mark.

Setting routines and habits around your goals puts you in autopilot mode for your goals. This means that you don’t use your finite resources to achieve your goals. I used to be a night owl and getting up early used a ton of my willpower each morning. Now, I wake up at 4:45 a.m. without a second thought. That leaves a large portion of willpower to be used on something else. Awesome!

Set a routine and schedule around your new goals and practice discipline in sticking to that routine and it will get easier and easier. Before long, you won’t even have to think about it.

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6. Support Each Other

Join the New Year’s Revolution and Tackle Your Goals Today

These steps may seem like a lot to take in, but if you take them one at a time and stay patient with yourself, you will achieve success. And don’t forget, I’m here to help. I want to cheer you on and help keep you inspired and encouraged, and I’m sure others want too as well.

Join the DNY community by following @dailnewyears on Instagram and Facebook and please sign up for my email list so that you don’t miss a single thing.

Let’s start conquering our goals together. After all, we’re all better together.

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