What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Each year promises new beginnings based on hope. A hope for change. Hope for better relationships. Hope for better results at work. Hope for better health in the new year. Hope for better finances. Hope is awesome. It keeps us motivated. It keeps us in the game. But hope alone won’t change anything. Hope, as always, will remain just that….HOPE.
Hope is in the future:
“I’m hoping for a better job in 2015. I’m hoping to make more money. I’m sure hoping that my health will improve next year.” All of these ideas remain just that….they’re wants in the future.
THE PROBLEM WITH CHANGE
The problem with change is this. In order to change something, it will actually involve just that….CHANGE. If you are going to lose weight, it may mean that you are going to actually have to go to the gym on a regular basis. It may mean that you eat healthier. Sometimes, people suffer in mediocrity because by not working out, we can still sit on the couch. We can still eat more junk food. So the real heartfelt question is this:
IS THE PAIN OF CHANGE WORTH THE BENEFIT THAT YOU WILL REALIZE BY MAKING THAT CHANGE?
The worst thing that we can do is to be buried in our casket aside a lifetime of potential. So, the question I have for you today is this? Are you willing to make subtle, even small changes in order to get to where your goals are? Remember, goals are dreams with a date on it. I remember hearing that from my coach, Steve Scanlon. When he was coaching me, I would share my dreams and goals and he would always respond with “by when?”
- Identify the reason why you want to go from point A to point B. Make sure that the reasons are compelling enough to keep you on track;
- Identify the cost or disciplines that it will take for you to achieve your goal;
- Revisit the end result and make sure that the benefit is greater than the cost;
- Put a REASONABLE plan in place. For example, if you need to lose 30 pounds write down your 30 pound weight loss goal, but then break it down to steps like 5 pounds in the first two weeks.
- Put the steps on your calendar so that the new activities support your vision and goal;
- Put a failure plan in place. For example, if you want to lose 5 pounds the first week and the office throws an impromptu surprise party and you fail to adhere to your goal, chalk that up as a one day loss, but it’s not a goal loss. The week could end up with a score of 2 losses and 5 wins. That’s OK. Too many people throw the towel in after a loss.
Discipline is a step by step process. Build your vision. Get your goals in place and build around it. Remember, no insanity in 2015. We’re done with all of that! 2015 is all about making a real, lasting impact upon your life.