Seven Must-Make Resolutions For 2019
SEVEN MUST-MAKE RESOLUTIONS
“Change is the one thing in life on which we can absolutely count,” said Earl Nightingale.
“People who stay young all the years of their lives, not only welcome change, but see it for what it really is: new opportunity, new chances for further fulfillment.”
As another year has come and gone, now is the time to think about the opportunities you’d like to pursue and the positive changes you’d like to make for the New Year.
1. Resolve to write down your goals
Before the engines are even started, every pilot knows exactly where he or she is headed.
Before each day begins, you also need to know where you’re headed and which goals and opportunities you are pursuing.
Sounds simple, yes?
While most people will smile and nod in agreement, the statistics say otherwise. Shockingly, less than 3% of Americans have written goals, according to Brian Tracy.
Think about this: only 3 out of every 100 people have written goals. And, only 1 person out of every 100 reviews and rewrites their goals daily.
Remember, if you don’t know where you are going, then any road will take you there. This explains why so many of us are unfulfilled, in jobs and relationships we don’t enjoy.
But there are the few among us that know exactly where they are headed. They are the ones with written goals and they go from one success to another.
So, start carefully thinking about your goals, which you should write down.
“The beginning,” as Plato once said, “is the most important part of any work.”
It’s also critical to focus on one single goal at a time, whether personal or professional.
“Singleness of purpose,” John D. Rockefeller once said, “is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.”
“Put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket,” stated Andrew Carnegie back in 1885. “It is trying to carry too many baskets that breaks most eggs in this country.”
Choose one single goal, and then throw all the energy you can muster into reaching that goal. Once you’ve achieved that goal, go onto the next one.
2. Resolve to gain knowledge and skills to reach your goals
Once you have chosen your goal, develop a plan for amassing the knowledge and skills needed.
This step need not be so complicated or daunting.
While you can learn through your own hard work of course, a far easier way is to learn through the hard work of others.
If you want to learn how to swim or play a piano, for example, find someone to teach you. If you want to make money, find someone that’s made it already and learn from them.
I believe Tony Robbins calls this modeling.
Figure out exactly what you need to learn, whether this is going to university, going on YouTube or taking online courses.
For many, reading books is the best way to learn, often from authors who have spent a lifetime accumulating specialized knowledge.
By way of direct example, it took me decades to learn what I know and many months to write down my experiences and distill my knowledge into an easy to understand format.
By reading my book, you could gain all my knowledge in just a few days.
3. Resolve to have courage
Along the way to achieving your goal, there will be setbacks, failures and disappointments.
You will encounter naysayers and critics, many of these friends and family. Many others will hide behind the anonymity of the internet, gutlessly spewing their views.
Resolve to have the courage to go against the grain, to weather the storm of critical comments.
Resolve to have the courage to pick yourself up when you fail, which will happen often if you’re truly working on the outer edge of your potential.
And, resolve to have the courage to move forward even if you’re lacking in certain areas.
“They had no college education, no formal technical training, no experience working with anyone other than themselves, no friends in high places, no financial backers, no government subsidies, and little money of their own,” wrote David McCullough about the Wright brothers.
Finally, remember what Babe Ruth said, “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”
4. Resolve to develop your communication skills
Of all the skills to learn, one of the most important is the ability to clearly and persuasively communicate your thoughts and ideas.
"The one easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now — at least — is to hone your communication skills — both written and verbal," stated Warren Buffett.
Throughout history, many of the world’s most successful people have been powerful communicators.
Whether it be Winston Churchill, Barack Obama, the late Steve Jobs or most any Fortune 500 CEO, all have amazing communication skills.
“It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator,” an article in Forbes stated.
So, resolve right now to improve your communication skills, whether it to be simply learn a new word every day or enroll in formal classes, just do it.
5. Resolve to be enthusiastic
When you believe in yourself and when you believe in your goals, you’ll attract others with a positive spirit as well.
You’ll soon be surrounded with like-minded individuals, all rooting for your success. Your enthusiasm and positive energy will become infectious, attracting even more people.
To reach your goals in the least amount of time, follow Earl Nightingale’s strategy of working towards your goals “one day at a time.”
Before starting your day, list a half dozen tasks in the order of importance for “that” day. Then, set to work on completing task #1, then #2 and so on.
Each task completed puts you that much closer to reaching your goals. If a few tasks remain at the end of a day, no problem. These can be completed the next day.
Completing these tasks successfully each day results in a successful day. Five successful days results in a successful week.
Four of these weeks become a successful month, which in turn leads to a successful year.
Before too long, these successful years result in a successful career and a successful life.
So, why shouldn’t you be enthusiastic?
You are part of the elite 3% of the population that has written goals and you are following a time-tested strategy used by some of the most successful people in the world.
You are completing the requisite tasks in order of importance that result in a successful day.
This is exactly how a skyscraper is built – one day at a time. And, this is also how a successful life is built – one day at a time.
So, make every day count!
6. Resolve to have self-discipline
Self-discipline is essential to building life changing habits.
Michael Phelps got into the habit of spending thousands of hours staring at a black line at the bottom of a pool.
In one five-year period, he trained every day, including twice on his birthday. He had the self-discipline to develop a daily swimming habit that made all the difference.
Through self-discipline, you can develop a daily habit of finishing important and critical daily tasks before meeting your friends to watch the game.
Through self-discipline, you can develop a habit improving your communication skills rather than watching mind-numbing television.
Self-discipline leads to great habits which invariably leads to success in life.
An immediate reward for a lack of discipline is a day at the beach. A future reward of self-discipline is owning the beach.
7. Resolve to start
Once everything is in place—you have your goal in writing, you’ve figured out how to amass the knowledge needed, resolved to have the fortitude to keep moving even during the tough times, practiced your communication skills, and developed the enthusiasm and mastered self-discipline—now all you must do is start.
Remember the words of Lao-tzu, who said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
And should you find the first step difficult to take, remember that the best lesson that Richard Branson ever learned was to “just do it.”
Finally, remember what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”
About Harmel S. Rayat:
Beginning as a mail room clerk and messenger boy for a brokerage firm, Harmel S. Rayat worked hard to become a broker and then ventured out to invest on his own. Early on, many of his investments did poorly, some even failed outright. Taking from the many hard lessons, he learned how to deploy capital in much better ways and surrounded himself with a great team of professionals. Today, he has a diversified portfolio ranging from innovative technology companies to commercial real estate, including buildings he visited as a messenger.