New Year - Time to do the Work

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
— Ben Stein

Many look at the first of the year as a chance to start over. Whether it’s making resolutions, setting goals, or declaring an intention for the year ahead, you must first be clear about what you really want to accomplish. Be honest with yourself, focused on your plan, and dedicated to making the effort. It’s important to be both optimistic about your potential and realistic about what you can achieve.

But, most of all, you have to be ready and willing to do the work.

How often do we hear the stories of those looking for the magic solution? How can we get rich without effort? Lose weight without diet and exercise? Where is the quick fix to all of the world’s problems? The answer lies in the work. We can’t just sit back and wait for all the things to come to us. We have to go out and make them happen for us. We need to do the work and stop making excuses.

So what is your biggest goal right now? What is standing in your way? If you think you don’t have the time or the money or the talent, you’re probably wrong. If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started.

If time is the issue, how can you prioritize to make better use of your day? Do you have to watch that TV show, or can you use that hour to work on your goal?

If you can’t afford it, how can you budget to make room for what you need? Do you have to buy that fancy cup of coffee every morning, or can you put that money away for your dream project?

If you need to improve your skills, how can you put more effort into practicing? Are you really applying yourself to the best of your ability?

So much of the work starts with mindset and changing your habits. Even small shifts in your perspective every day can get you closer to where you want to be. When you feel that ugly word “can’t” creeping into your thoughts, find a way to correct it. What can you do? You have the ability to make your wishes come true. You just have to believe it, and do the work to make it happen.

Tell me one thing you will do today to get yourself one step closer to the thing you want most. If you need a little help getting motivated, organized, or just being held accountable for your progress, please reach out. I offer private coaching for business owners and individuals in hourly session and long-term packages (1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year options), so you can choose the solution that is best for you. 

Let’s work together this year to achieve our goals!