Your 2016 Road Map

Your 2016 Road Map

Imagine you’re planning a trip to another state.

Your hotel is booked. Your activities are planned. Your bags are packed. Everyone loads up into the family station wagon and off you go. No road map. No directions. No travel itinerary. You know where you’re going, but you have no idea how to get there.

Welcome to most people’s New Year’s Resolutions.

So many this week will set out to make this year “the” year that it changes – that you drop the weight, that you run the race, that you organize the basement, that you read that stack of books. There’s no goal too big or too small, right or wrong, but there’s certainly a right and wrong way of going about it.

If you set off on that road trip and don’t have to be at a certain place at a certain time, then aimlessly setting off in your car is probably okay. After all, it’s totally fine if you end up on the wrong coast or out of gas on the side of the road. (Yeah, still silly.)

Ideally, you would create a list of directions. You’d know what turns to take, how fast you needed to drive, when you needed to stop. More than likely, you’d consult an actual expert like Google Maps or Rand McNally.

There’s no way you can make it to your destination on the hope of good luck, whether your destination is a vacation spot or dropping 20 pounds.

Most resolutions fail by the second week of the year. It’s not for lack of motivation or will power, but because we don’t have a plan. Here’s four things you need to make your dreams a reality this year:

Destination. If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know how to get there. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals will give you the proverbial target to hit. Your goal needs to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. Wanting to “tone up” isn’t a smart goal. Wanting to “run a half marathon” isn’t a goal. Wanting to lose x amount of pounds by ___ date is a SMART goal. Wanting to run ____ race on _____ date is SMART.

Plan. I’ll go so far to say that this is the least important component of any plan for change. Certainly, you need a plan, and that plan should be solid and expertly developed. However, there are a ton of options out there and, honestly, the only plan that’s going to work for you is the one that’s built to work for you. That means there’s going to be some editing and manipulation. Success is a journey, not a destination. You don’t have to have it perfect right out of the gate, but you need have some kind of direction in which to head. You need to be committed to getting there. This is why the next two are so crucial.

Habits. The reason willpower isn’t enough in your aspirations is because habits always beat intentions. Our struggle is not food or fitness; it’s not having the time for that stack of books; it’s not an inability to change. We fail when we don’t address the underlying motivations that drive our actions. Building new habits is the only way to see real change. If you’d like more info on how to create great habits, check out my free report on creating habits that make transformation sustainably within reach.

Accountability. Who is going to keep you motivated to achieving your dreams? Is this person or persons knowledgeable and capable to help you navigate the roadblocks you’ll undoubtedly face? Have they been able to achieve great things in their own life and inspire others toward that? These are just some of the many questions you need to ask when enlisting accountability. And, believe me, you’ll need it because the going will get rough. You will hit brick walls. You’ll need someone to give you a leg up, a pat on the back, and the encouragement to keep going.

It's said every year, but it bears repeating: don't let this year be yet another year you stop short of achieving your dreams. It is possible to get there, but you have to know where "there" is. And know you don't have to go it alone!

Our mission at 5:17 is to empower you to reach your goals. We believe you have what it takes, and we're here to help you unlock that limitless potential. Reach out to us and find out how a customized road map can change your journey - and share what you're doing on our Facebook page! We'd love to hear from you and encourage you along the way.

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