So it’s a new year, and with every new year comes new opportunities, new goals, and new possibilities.
Now, I know that most people set new years resolutions and end up forgetting about them by mid January or so. So what does it take to follow through with your new intentions? How can you really make this year the most successful one yet? Well, I’m going to share 11 tips with you today for a rockin’ 2011!
Tip #1: Create a powerful vision.
So what do you really want to create in 2011? Most people will set goals for how much money they want to make in their businesses or what kind of results they’re looking for… and that’s great. But I also want to encourage you to really look at the big picture vision of what’s possible for you in this upcoming year.
What kind of impact do you want to make? How do you want to give back, serve, inspire, or help others? When you focus on how you can have the most impact for others, and see beyond just yourself and your immediate needs, wants, and desires, your vision becomes charged with power. And it becomes so much more real to you… Tony Robbins says that we will always do more for others than we will ever do for ourselves. So what are you here to contribute?
So what’s your vision? Right it down. By the end of the year, how many people do you want to impact? How do you want them to feel? How do YOU want to feel? What kind of person will you need to become in order for that to happen? Set an intention for what you want and then let go of the “how”. When your vision is aligned with purpose, the universe will take care of the rest for you!
Now, that doesn’t mean you won’t need to take action… because daily action is necessary. But you don’t always need to know how something is going to happen, you just need to get clear on the “what”.
After you write it down, focus on it… see it, feel it, affirm it. The more you experience this as a reality NOW, the more your subconscious will work to bring it to fruition. So practice feeling so accomplished and proud when it December 2011 comes around and you’ve not only met your goals, but you’ve exceeded them!
Tip #2: Commit to a new way of being.
So in order for your vision and intentions to manifest, a shift needs to happen within YOU. Most often, entrepreneurs will set financial goals without really looking at how they will need to transform or change in order to make them happen.
We are all creatures of comfort. There’s a natural human tendency to cling to what’s known and what’s comfortable. So when we want to take our businesses to the next level and reach new goals, there’s going to be discomfort because we’re stretching beyond where we’ve previously gone before. And unless we can commit to a new way of being, that tendency will snap us back to our old habits before we even get off the ground.
So make it a priority to commit to a new way of being. Who do you need to become in order to create what you want? Do you need to be more trusting, patient, open, receptive, self-disciplined, focused, organized, or committed? And what old way of being are you going to need to release?
In order for you to create what you want and manifest your goals and intentions, it all starts with you. You are always the source of your own success. What’s important is that you make a declaration to yourself that this is the way you now are. And commit to it. Tell your friends and family that that’s how you are now. Make it public and put a little skin in the game!
Now, this doesn’t meant you won’t ever falter or fall off the wagon… because I’m telling you right now that that will happen. Our old ways of being can be quite tempting and it will take some time to make more of a permanent shift. So just notice when you’re not on track, and recommit in that moment. Keep recommitting as much as it takes until you make a real shift.
Tip #3: Have compassion for yourself.
So when you do fall off the wagon, make a conscious choice not to judge yourself or talk down on yourself. One of the biggest reasons most people don’t follow through with their goals or resolutions is that when they do snap back to their old way of being, they get extremely hard on themselves and quit.
So please please please… have compassion for yourself! Most of us have such a tendency to be much harder on ourselves than we are on other people. It’s your responsibility to have compassion for yourself… and it’s a practice that may not come easy at first, but will make a HUGE difference. So let go of the self-criticism and judgment and relax! No one’s perfect… perfectionism is an illusion.
If you really want to follow through, have compassion for yourself and again, like I said in tip #2, just recommit. And keep recommitting as many times as it takes!
Tip #4: Create a personal power practice.
Isn’t it funny how we can be so motivated to achieve our goals when we first set them, but then slowly after time, that motivation gets weaker and weaker? Somehow, we forget how fired up we were and how important it was to us. Again, it’s very tempting to fall back into our old, comfortable habits. It’s not easy to change, to transform, and to create something new.
So how do you keep yourself fired up and motivated? Well, my suggestion is to create a personal power practice that invigorates and inspires you on a daily basis. What can you incorporate into your daily routine that keeps you motivated and reminded about your goals and intentions?
Maybe listening to Tony Robbins gets you raring to go in the morning… or maybe it’s Jim Rohn. Or maybe you get super inspired by reading books on personal growth or financial success. Or maybe re-reading your goals or looking at your vision board helps keep you motivated. Whatever it is, do it on a daily basis. Make a commitment to keep yourself in the game by feeding your spirit with the necessary inspiration and encouragement to keep at it and continue moving forward. You fuel your own power, so don’t forget to make this a priority!
Tip #5: Get in your body.
This is a big one. Most everything we do as entrepreneurs is extremely mind-heavy. Sitting in front of the computer, thinking, analyzing, planning, strategizing, marketing, implementing… it’s all mind! Our minds are an amazing tool and a gift… but when we hang out up there all day long, we can get a bit “strung out” on mental noise and energy.
And when that happens, we lose touch with our inner voice, guidance, and wisdom. The mind can build up quite a momentum with our 60,000 + thoughts that we have on a daily basis. So to bring balance into your life and bring you back to your core essence, it’s so crucial that you get into your BODY.
So that means walk, run, lift weights, do yoga, stretch… Give your mind a break and give some energy and attention to your body everyday. It’s even helpful to take some quiet time and just FEEL the inside of your body. Feel how alive your cells are and how much wisdom is within you. The mind doesn’t need to soak up all of your attention! When you’re in your body, you tap into a wisdom and inner knowing that’s beyond the mind… and you will become much more connected, creative, and productive!
Tip #6: Touch it once.
This is a phrase that I learned from one of my coaches, Marie Forleo. And I will admit, this is not my strong suit… but I still make a conscious effort to “touch things once”. Procrastination is a big energy drain. When you put things off til later, it’s like constantly carrying around a big heavy weight on your shoulders because things never get fully completed.
So make it a habit to only touch things once. Respond to emails right away (but don’t check email all day long, that’s extremely unproductive!), pay bills as soon as you get them, keep your space organized, and do everything you can AHEAD of time!
Not only does this make you more productive, but it frees up your energy in unbelievable ways!
Tip #7: Ask for what you need.
This tip has made such a big difference in my life and business…
If you don’t ask for what you need, how do you ever expect to get it? Ask the Universe (or whatever name you use for God, Spirit, Divine Light, Source) for what you need to accomplish your goals. Do you need a business partner, team members, a fresh idea, a solution to a problem? Ask and you shall receive.
This applies within relationships as well. People can’t read your mind. Ask for what you want or need from your intimate partner, business partner, friends, family, and anyone else close to you in life. When we don’t ask for what we want, we silently resent the fact that we’re not getting it. And it’s no one’s fault but your own. When you empower yourself to just ask, you get what you need and can keep moving forward!
Tip #8: Build momentum daily.
Your business is not a hobby, so don’t treat it like one! You need to take action on a daily basis to keep moving forward and building momentum. If you invest a couple hours one day and then don’t touch things again until the following week, you’re leaking energy everywhere. It takes daily, consistent action to build up momentum.
Even if you just invest 30 minutes a day into your business, make sure you stick to it every single day! Even the smallest of action steps taken consistently will produce results and build momentum. And in the beginning, your business is going to require the most effort on your part. If you don’t build up the momentum, you’ll always be stuck in the “pushing the boulder up the hill” phase. Momentum is what drives your business, so make daily action a big priority!
Tip #9: Celebrate even the smallest of successes.
You know that old quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”?
It’s so true! Set your goals, your intentions, and commit to your new way of being… and if you don’t quite make it there, that’s ok. Celebrate even the smallest of victories along your journey, because really, it’s the growth that really matters.
If your goal is to make an extra $1,000 and in the next month, you make $400, celebrate it! Turn on the music in your room and dance, go out for a nice dinner, or go to the movies. Celebrate your success in a way that’s meaningful to you!
And of course, when you do reach your goal of $1,000, have an even bigger celebration! Now, I’m not saying you need to go spend the money, but celebrate in a way that is nurturing to you. Congratulate yourself!
All too often, we forget to celebrate or feel good about our progress… and then our goals start to become far removed from our sense of joy. Life is meant to be a celebration. Even if you just figured out how to set up your blog for the first time, celebrate it! It’s an important step in the right direction!
Tip #10: Be present.
When you’re in your head and thinking about either the past or the future, you’re not really here… you’re not really present and engaged with life. When you’re not present, you’re living in a conceptualized version of reality and none of that is real!
The past does not exist and neither does the future because the only thing that’s ever real is here and now. It’s always now, we never actually arrive in the future. And the present moment is where your true power lies. When you’re fully present, you have access to your intuition, to your higher wisdom. And you get things done a heck of a lot faster! When you’re not in your head pre-planning, pre-meditating, analyzing, regretting, etc… you give yourself the space to allow your spontaneous creativity and wisdom to flow through you and into what you do.
You are a creative genius… but you can only really access that when you’re PRESENT!
Tip #11: Choose to be happy now.
And of course, what’s most important is that you are happy here and now no matter what’s going in your life, how much money you’re making, or what you have or have not achieved. If you’re looking for happiness anywhere outside of yourself, you’ll never find it. If you catch yourself saying or thinking, “I’ll be happy when…”, stop immediately and realign yourself with the truth.
And the truth is that the joy of life is here and now, in this very moment, no matter what’s going on. You are the source of your own happiness, no one can ever give it to you or take it away. When you expect someone or something else to make you happy, you’re giving your power away. And you’ll always be disappointed. Don’t ever forget that happiness is an inside job!
And of course, when you’re naturally happy and secure within yourself, realizing your goals becomes so much easier! You stop arguing and resisting life, which means that life is able to flow through you with ease and grace. Success does not have to be a struggle… in fact, it’s so much easier than most people think! Success and wealth flows to those who don’t need it to be happy.
So what are your thoughts? Was this post helpful for you?
I’d love to hear your vision, goals, and intentions for 2011! Please share them down below with our community here. And thank you so much for sharing your time and energy here with me today! I appreciate you! Happy 2011! Let’s make this the best year yet!
To Your Limitless Success