As we set out our goals and resolutions for 2018, there are a few thoughts I wanted to share from my own experiences over the past few years that have helped me to change my life and may help you to be successful with your own goals.
After taking control of my life and starting my own business, Vent Blow Dry Bar, a complete change of career for me, and having watched my husband complete his Master’s degree, I have realized there are a few key components that are necessary and can help anyone achieve their goals and dreams.
1) You have to want it and be willing to sacrifice something to get it.
You can’t just kinda want to change your life or improve something about yourself— whether it is your career, education or fitness level—you have to REALLY want it and you have to be willing to go through some discomfort to get it.
For example, when my husband decided to go back to school he had to determine what he could eliminate from his schedule to find the time to study each day. But still be a husband, father, hockey coach and keep a full time career. He cut out time wasted on TV and the internet, and gave up time spent on fitness (his passion is training so this wasn’t easy) and sleep – on average 1-2 hours a day. Using his lunch at work to read and would wake up early on weekends to complete his work so he could spend time with our three kids. He would stay indoors at the cottage and write papers while the rest of us were swimming and enjoying the summer. It wasn’t easy, but for him it was more than worth it. He finished his degree and feels so confident from having met a lifelong personal goal of his.
2) Wishes aren’t worth sh*t.
Ok, so let’s set this misconception straight once and for all—wishes don’t come true. Success, whether financial or fitness (we all define success differently) won’t just happen because you wished for it. However, goals can be met if you make the decision to chase them and are determined to meet them. But simply wishing for something won’t make it happen. You have to decide to make a change and then work on it every single day.
3) Take one day at a time by setting small yet achievable goals – incremental change.
This is so important yet often overlooked. Looking at the end goal or the multitude of tasks or work it will take to get where you want to be is overwhelming. You have to break the work down into smaller daily or weekly goals. As my father-in-law would often say. The time will go by one way or another, you have to decide how to use it. This year, decide to use each day to improve and make incremental changes towards meeting YOUR goals. You will be amazed at the rate daily tasks can multiply. And build incrementally into major accomplishments over the course of a year.
When people look at successful individuals. Whether it’s an athlete or business success. Often all we see is the success and not the hard work that went into it. We don’t see the late nights and early mornings. The sacrifices that were made or the risks that were taken. Success is not accomplished without the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly focus on meeting your goals.
By deciding to make a change in your life. Identifying the time wasters, making sacrifices and taking one day at a time with an end goal in mind,. You CAN change your life and make it exactly what you want. If I have learned one thing from my journey it’s that you can let life happen around you or take control and make it what you want.
This year, let’s own 2018 and make it what we want for ourselves!