Have you ever you stopped to think why January 1st has so much power over us? Why not make goals or resolutions March 20th?
It would seem that January 1st for most people is a time of new beginning. A new year to start over and be better than we were the year before. A time to make up for our mistakes or short falls. The promises we make to ourselves to lose weight, get into shape, stop smoking, save money or do our dream job…they represent hope of a new beginning…a feeling of I can’t fail this year, or can I? Let’s take a look.
Let’s start with one of the most popular New Year’s goals, weight loss. According to a survey by Franklin Covey, 40% of people who set this New Year’s Resolution break it before the end of January. An astounding 33% stated they were never committed to keeping the goal in the first place. I would bet it is even higher, because most people won’t admit that. Goals are so important in the direction of your life. Yet the majority of Americans just sail around like a ship without a rudder. People complain about how bad their life has become, as if they have absolutely no control, which is very sad. If we don’t control our lives, who does?
When my children were young, we had a large Disney movie collection on VHS and yes I’m old. My daughter would fixate on one movie for weeks at a time without changing videos. I recall coming home from the office one day when she was on the Alice in Wonderland kick. It seemed whenever I walked into her room the movie was at the same part. I could literally recite the dialog with her. It was the scene where Alice came upon the Cheshire Cat.
Young Alice found herself at the fork in the road and she asks the Cheshire Cat which way she should go. The Cat replies “Where are you going?” Alice answers “I don’t know,” to which the Cat advises, “then either road will do.” I believe some people are in that same mode of thinking. Without goals, either road will do. But how do you know if you have succeeded, if you don’t have a destination? This is why goals are so important.
I find goal oriented people are much happier. They complain and blame less. They certainly are more successful than those wondering their way through life. We always hit what we are aiming for, unless there is no target. Napoleon Hill once stated we get what we think about most of the time. Goals help direct ones thoughts to accomplish anything in life they want to accomplish.
As we start this new year, what are your goals? Is it the normal…weight loss, exercise, spend more time with family? Or is it all business? Maybe it is both. In your business goals, be sure to include your networking goals. Who do you want to meet? Who do you want to help?
Either way, get those goals down on paper and have the best year of your life!
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”–Yogi Berra
Tim Wilhoit is a BNI Director Consultant for Nashville TN and Middle TN areas. Tim is owner/principal of Your Friend 4 Life www.yourfriend4life.com Insurance Agency in Nashville, TN. He is a family man, father of 3, entrepreneur, insurance agent, life insurance broker, salesman, sales trainer, recruiter, public speaker and author and team leader with over 28 years of experience in sales and marketing in the insurance and beverage industries.