What are your plans for 2019?

Now we are in 2019, what are your plans for this year? Some will use the term New Year’s resolutions and others will call it planning.  Whatever title we give it, action is required if we would like to see the results.

The quote “everyone wants the results but no-one wants to put in the work” springs to mind.  There is no way of seeing results if you do not change your approach. We can observe and admire others who have put plans in place and achieved their desired outcome but do we know what sacrifices they made along the way?

I have often wondered how extremly successful people have achieved what they have, given we are all granted the same 24 hours.  I realised it is what they have done with their 24 hours which has brought them to where they are today. They have put strategic plans in place, some of which have probably fallen through along the way.  Failure is a part of life and it should serve to push us nearer to our goal as oppose to wallowing in self pity and wondering “why me?”.

In my opinion, extreme changes do not work long term. For example if you wish to become healthier/slimmer, cutting out a whole food type or booking five evenings a week at the gym is unlikely to work. If you wish to read books more regularly, starting with two books a week from none is too much of a jump.  Introducing small gradual changes is often recommended as it takes at least 30 days for habits to stick.

In order to be consistent with your plans you need to know your “why”. Your why will keep you focused when you would rather be watching Netflix, socialising with friends, browsing the Internet. Your why will keep you focused on reaching your goal even when you face obstacles. Your why will remind you why you are making the sacrifices.

What are your plans for 2019?
What will you do differently?
What did you learn in 2018?