In a couple of days, the end of the first month of this New Year will arrive. Most resolutions have been forgotten, and life has probably returned to normal for you. Accepting this reality will prevent life-changing progress during this year if you do not change course today. Your dream of a new life must not perish in the first 30 days. Fight the tendency to be a member of the status quo herd and take some specific steps to reclaim your pathway to success on your own terms.
Have you made any changes?
One-twelfth of the year is now behind us. We have most of the year ahead of us to make remarkable progress if we make careful changes. Your goal might require more training. Maybe you will have to purchase tools, such as software or domain names to reach your goal. Changes to your lifestyle will present barriers that can be frustrating if you do not define the resources that you need. Your situation will be unique, but the solution might be obvious with some insight from someone else.
One of my Partnership to Success students recently shared the fact that her product creation stalled completely because she didn’t create a simple MindMap to plan the product creation process. Once she defined the barrier, she devised a MindMap and removed the obstacle. That product will be launched in the very near future. Name the barrier that prevents you from making necessary changes and move forward. If you need to master a specific task to make something happen then go do it but whatever you do don’t make excuses. ‘I don’t know’ is one of the biggest barriers to success.
What do you know today?
On our quest to earn money through new avenues, we might skip some of the preliminary steps. Preparation reduces the mistakes that you make that can be expensive when you have limited time and resources. Consider the next step that you must take and take things one step at a time. Defining each single step might be your breakthrough to remarkable progress during this coming month. Lack of knowledge can be overcome in ways, which include research, training and reading. Before you assume you are off course, pause and make of list of what you know to be true at this point in time.
Are you noticing progress?
Maybe you are right on track with your goal for this year. Fear of the unknown might be looming in the back of your mind. One approach to fear is to write down your fears on a piece of paper, place it in an envelope and burn the envelope, preferably outside. Refuse to be the person who becomes paralyzed by the “what if?” Most of what we fear will never happen. You have so many talents and such great potential. Continue down your path and refuse to stop.
Your pace will increase and decrease throughout the coming months as you learn more and meet great people along your path. Patience is a great quality for the person who has big dreams. Consistent effort each day is better than overworking yourself once in a while. Your success journey started with a great idea and will continue as you work toward your goals.
Do you need to make adjustments?
Almost everyone will find ways to improve some aspect of the work, the team or the surroundings. Your highest priority is to make wise choices since your time is limited. Maybe you had one idea at the beginning of the year, and the goal has changed. That situation arises often. Your determination will bring your new idea to life. Changes to your course will happen when you take action starting where you are right now.
Our progress this year can begin today. Identify some tasks that you would like to accomplish in the next 30 days. Maybe you have time to complete one task on your list each week. Your challenge each Monday is to schedule time during the week to work on your task. On Thursday, assess your progress and find the answers you need to achieve your goal each Friday. You can make progress with consistent effort starting from where you are right now.
Remember! No excuses. Only progress.