February is here — a month of disappointments and letdowns. It’s the time of year when you realize you’ve already fallen short of your New Year’s resolutions and set yourself up for a year of failure, right?
Think again. Believe it or not, you have a reason to celebrate because February isn’t the month of letdowns; it’s the month of second chances. No matter what you’ve done (or haven’t done) so far this year, the slate is wiped clean, and you get to start all over. Just think, by this point everyone else has given up on their goals, which means the gym will be empty = the perfect time to start your resolutions and give yourself a second chance.
But why is everyone always pushing resolutions? Because without a vision, there is no progress — or at least not as much progress. Goals significantly increase the rate of achievement.
So, in the spirit of second chances and speedy forward motion, here are five tips to give your year a fresh start:
Be positive: Maintaining a positive attitude leads to positive results. Even if you haven’t met your goals yet, don’t let disappointment taint your attitude. Take a few minutes each day to positively envision your future then watch as that positive thinking produces great results.
Write down your goals: Take a few minutes to determine where you are health-wise, financially, etc. Where you would like to be by the end of 2014? Decide exactly what you want to accomplish. Every great achievement begins with a vision, so dream big and be specific. And don’t forget to write everything down; a goal unwritten is merely a wish.
Develop a plan: Once you have a clear goal in mind, set a plan to get there. For example, if you want to be more financially stable, create a budget and stick to it. If you want to shed a few pounds, join the USANA RESET™ Challenge: Destination Transformation.
Create a support group: When you report on your progress, the rate of progression increases. Tell a friend or team member about your goals and ask them to check in regularly. This will not only give you the motivation you need to push yourself, but it will create a strong support system as well.
Celebrate your successes: Make little milestones along the way and be sure to celebrate them. Don’t let an achievement pass by unnoticed. Reward yourself in some way for every goal you attain, and then continue to reach even higher.
Remember, it’s never too late to start over. Don’t let another year slip by without setting your sights higher. Give yourself — and your business — a second chance, and make this the best year yet.
This is the first in a series of “How To” posts, meant to answer your questions and help you succeed in business and life. Please leave a comment below with suggestions of topics you would like addressed in future posts.
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