Have you been guilty of getting caught up in setting new year resolutions and by February or March you are back to your usual habits? Well that makes two of us and I’m pretty sure everybody else who is going to read this post. For the past two years I’ve been focusing on a ‘mantra’ instead of listing different resolutions and failing at them. In this article we will focus on finding your one word, your focus, your mantra, this word or phrase will guide you through the entire year and keep you going.
Focusing on a mantra or phrase for the year has helped me accomplish what I wanted and I plan on doing the same in 2019. Instead of making a long list of 2019 resolutions, why don’t you try and focus on one word or phrase too and see how it will work out? Below is a guideline on how you can start.
Reflect on the previous year
Look back at the goals you set for the previous year and how far along you’ve come, your failures and successes. You can’t focus on your destination if you don’t know where you are coming from. Once you have reflected on the previous you, you should start having an idea of what you want to achieve.
Spend some time alone and do some soul searching, pray and think about your life. Meditating will help you narrow down your ideas and focus on the things that really matter. You probably have a long list of things you want to accomplish, re-evaluate you list, ask yourself questions and think about what you truly need and want to change. We all have similar categories that impact our lives – spirituality, family, love life, finances, career and more. I explain these in detail in this article- How To Set Goals & Actually Achieve Them. You want your mantra to encompass all these areas of life.
Putting it all together
Summarise what you want in one short paragraph, be true to your self and make it personal and specific, remembering the different life categories I mentioned above. Once you’ve done that, summarise your paragraph into 2-3 sentences, then find a phrase or word that best describes what you want to achieve and that is your mantra.
Remind yourself daily
Your mantra will only be effective if you remind yourself and see it everyday. Write it up and stick it on your bathroom mirror, vision board or even kitchen sink, anywhere you’ll be able to see it constantly. Another way is to set it as a note with your daily alarm so that as you wake up, that is the first thing you see and can start your day with the right attitude.
Once you’ve determined your mantra for the year, the next step is to list down specific goals for each life category. For example, in 2019 I want to make $500K, then break that down into quarterly goals and action plans. I go more detail on how to do that in this article – How To Set Goals & Actually Achieve Them.
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