Remember your goal you made on January 1st to lose weight, make more money, and cross a few items off your bucket list?
Remember the fire and fervor you felt to really make these things finally happen for once?
2014 was supposed to be your year, and as we approach the final three months of the year, have you accomplished these goals you set out to complete?
Not to worry. You’re not alone. The reality is that most people don’t accomplish their New Year’s goal, and that’s why the crowds at the gym subside by February 1st.
There are varying studies, but the consensus is only about eight percent of Americans actually accomplish their goals in the New Year.
The good news, however, is that the year isn’t over. We’re just past the halfway point of September, and that means more than three months left to make good on your word.
If you’re really serious about finishing off the year on a high note, here are some ways to go about it.
How Accomplish Your Goals Before The Year’s End
1. Acquire a world-class belief system
Champions are driven to succeed. Many believe that only some people are born with this innate aptitude of ambition. The truth is, in most cases, those who accomplish their goals in life do so because they believe they can.
Why are the majority of people simply trying to survive in a world of wealth and abundance? The answer is simple: they don’t believe they can find their own wealth and abundance, both financially and mentally.
Does your drive and ambition mirror your beliefs? If you’re not sure of the answer, check your results in the areas of your life where you exhibit the most ambition.
2. Become obsessed with your goals
Most people set their goals on New Year’s Eve and don’t look at them again until the next New Year’s Eve.
To accomplish your goal, you must always be in constant goal-setting mode – not just on January 1st.
Champions are goal-setting machines. They know the cornerstone of all achievement is mental clarity. In fact, some of the most successful people are evolving so rapidly, they usually find it necessary to review and sometimes reset their goals on a daily basis.
If you don’t continue to have exposure to the goal, the dream will die. You must imbed it deep into your subconscious mind daily.
See your mind as a guided missile, always adjusting and correcting to maintain accuracy towards the target.
For the next three and a half months, list your goal every morning when you wake up. This habit will ingrain your major goals into your psyche. This is one of the most important habits you can develop on the way to getting what you really want.
3. Look for change instead of fearing it
Most people struggle to keep things the same, and they see change as a threat. If you want to accomplish your goals, start looking at change as the most exciting time in human history.
Accept change at all levels and learn to thrive on it. Always be on the lookout for a better way. If you can be open, flexible and innovative in your approach to your dreams, you’re more likely to succeed.
Identify an old belief, strategy or idea from the past that is no longer working for you in the present. Make a commitment to update or dismiss it.
Knowing when to make room for new ways of getting results is critical to your success. Let go of the skills, competencies and mindsets that have gotten you to the position you want to change today.
4. Embrace suffering
Success comes with a price tag. Stop searching for shortcuts and get in the game and endure the pain and suffering you must endure to accomplish a goal. There is no escape. The road to victory is paved with blood, sweat and tears.
Champions hang tough in the face of adversity. In fact, it’s not winning or accomplishing your goal that counts, but wanting to. The mentally tough get tough by fighting so many battles – some lost, some won – that they eventually become great warriors.
The pain and suffering is to mental toughness what carbon is to steel. There are so many people so close to a life of success and fulfillment, yet so far away due to their own self-deception and unwillingness to meet life head on and ensure the necessary suffering.
How much are you willing to suffer to make your ultimate vision a reality?
The clock is ticking.What are you waiting for? Are you going to make 2014 the year you kept your word to yourself and accomplished your goal?
Three and a half months is still plenty of time to lose a significant amount of weight, find new ways to earn more money or start to write that book you’ve always wanted to write. Stop waiting for God, the government, or other outside factors. Stop whining and making excuses. Stop waiting for the “right” time. Make the decision to finally get what you want and deserve.
The choice is yours: do it now, or make another empty promise to yourself on January 1, 2015.
Steve Siebold is a former professional athlete and mental toughness coach to Fortune 500 companies, athletes, entrepreneurs and other super achievers. He is author of 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class.
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