Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Single Golden Key to Success in 2017

There are books on the subject.  You’ve already seen articles explaining in detail how to succeed in the new year.  I’m going to make it easy.  

Keep it Simple
Once every week, create a Weekly Action Plan of specific steps or actions you will take during the coming week towards achieving your goals.

That means you first need to make a few goals for the coming year.  Make them specific, perhaps one for each area of life: career/work, social/emotional (such as family and relationships), spiritual, intellectual/educational, and physical (exercise, diet).

Speaking of exercise, my wife was at the gym yesterday, and her exercise class was jammed.  A woman stood up and shouted, “Those of you who are going to quit by March, please leave now. You know who you are.” 

I laughed when I heard the story, but it begs the question, How are you going to keep from quitting in March?

With a Weekly Action Plan, that’s how. 

How does it work?
Since I am a writer, let’s use me as an example.  I want to write a certain book this year.  That’s the goal. On Sundays (or other day of the week), I will sit down and decide what I will do this week to achieve that goal. I may commit to a certain amount of time that I will devote during the week towards this goal. It could be Tuesday and Thursday night from 6 to 10, or 15 total hours of writing. 

The power comes in making specific commitments and then doing your best during the week to achieve your weekly action goals. Do this every week!  If you don’t keep your commitment precisely, don’t fret or give up. Focus on your progress. And keep living.

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