Have you made your typical new year resolutions yet?
No? Not yet?
"Why not?!?" you ask?
Well, because you want to be better than average.
Millions of people make resolutions, usually during the last week of the month or even worse, in the last hour of the year. Almost 40% of people who set New Year resolutions will have given up on them by the end of the week. That's because each year millions of people make New Year Resolutions and set ill defined, vague goals.
The problem with these types of goals is, they don't mean anything to the person setting them. They haven't put much more than minimal thought into them and only set them due to obligation or tradition.
You must be significantly motivated to achieve the goals you set or you will make up excuse after excuse as to why you aren’t doing the work required to achieve your goal or keep your resolution. This is why I suggest you set better than average goals. Goals that fuel you, because your goals should be a source of power.
A better than average goal begins with being a well defined goal. A better than average goal will become your alarm clock in the morning and the last thought on your mind before falling asleep. It is what pushes you when you’re tired and what reassures you when you are scared to go a little bit further into the unknown.
High Octane = High Performance
Let’s pretend that your goal is a car that is going to get you the lifestyle which you want to live. So what fuel do you put in that vehicle to give it the energy to get there? Just like with a real car, if you don’t put in the correct type of fuel, you will not get very far. If you use incorrect or cheap fuel, your vehicle won’t last very long. But higher quality fuel not only powers a vehicle - it also cleans and maintains the vehicle’s inner workings, providing a better, longer lasting performance. The same goes for your motivations.
You must have a significant and satisfactory reason or purpose as the high quality fuel to keep your goal going.
I call this a YUR (why you are).
The process of staying motivated begins with how solid your goal is whenever you set it. When you determine what your goal or resolution for the next year will be you must ask yourself if it will help you do the following:
Ideally, your goal/resolution should have all eight of these characteristics but if doesn't have at least one -- your chances of success are slim to none.
Additionally, a better than average goal is one or more of the following
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I am a simple man who has lived a complicated life. The lessons I've learned from the experiences I've been through and the challenges I've conquered have helped me develop a philosophy that life is meant to be lived at a level better than average.