Making 2017 Work For You

We just had a pretty good weigh-in for Biggest Loser “30” in Week 6. What impressed me was how well the group rallied. Week 4 had been a typical plateau week, and some of them had some trouble in Week 5, too.

This is when most people quit, if they’re going to. It’s when half the people call it quits. Two weeks in a row without results is just too much sometimes. But not this group. 

Not only did they stick with it, but they bounced back in style. All but one lost weight, and that one had some medical issues. 

The winner had lost weight the week before, but I’d challenged her to set a new goal. She didn’t think she’d have another good week, but decided to go for it and ended up losing 3.6 lbs!

We’re halfway through February, and some people have already given up on making a change in 2017. They’ve started, run into resistance, and already quit. Some didn’t even start. But why? 

I think it may have something to do with how they set goals. Performance Coach Zig Ziglar was often fond of saying: “When you aim at nothing, you hit it every time.” But when you have something to aim at, you’re much more likely to achieve it. 

Goals that aren’t written down are like tossing pennies in a well. You’re wishing. Writing things down, takes dreams and brings them into focus. It takes desires and turns them into opportunities.

You see, once you write something down, you have to deal with it. It’s no longer some nebulous thing that you might get around to doing. It’s in the real world now, sitting there, staring you in the face.

You’re no longer “hoping for something”, you’re actively thinking about how to do it. So here are a few questions that may help you get back on track.

1. What do you really want? Be specific. “I want to get hired at _______________.” “I want to go back to school at ________________.” “I want to lose ___________ pounds.” It has to be realistic. 

2. When do you want to achieve it? You have to have a time line, but some part of it has to be in the now. Be specific. “I want to lose _________ lbs by _____________. 

3. Why do you want it? You need a BIG reason why. It has to be important, urgent even, or you just won’t do it. Find your reason why. 

Finally, write stuff down. Create a list, and start taking action. Write down the important things you need to do. Once you’ve done it, check it off. 

Give yourself some credit for accomplishing something, and then move on to the next thing. If you don’t get to something, move it to the next day. 

Every day, make a new list of critical tasks. Some things will move to the top of the list. Some may drop down. That’s ok. But at least you’re thinking about it. 

Some things are going to stay on the list for awhile. That’s ok too. It helps keep you focused. It’s the physical act of writing them down regularly that gives you power, and purpose. 

Get some leverage on yourself. Get some momentum. Write it down. You can do it. 

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