It’s the first week of January 2018 and you’re probably wondering how you’re going to tackle the New Year’s Resolutions and goals list you made and vow to complete. For the first time in years, I decided to make my life really simple by making my goals wrapped around one idea and one concept. By creating this frame of mind it would be my mission and vision of sorts for not only this year but for years to come.
Why did I decided to do this? It’s because I’ve found that accomplishing goals should be made simpler that way you can actually accomplish your goals and fulfill your New Year’s resolutions.
While some of my friends and colleagues are happily sharing with the world their goals list on all their social media channels, I find that most of them have lists the length of my arm. In short, their lists are all over the place and some goals so convoluted that I find it hard to believe that they’re going to accomplish them. Ever hear of a resolution that starts off with I’m going to lose 50 pounds, run an Iron Man and then join an expedition that scales the highest mountain in the world? If I’m feeling overwhelmed by their resolutions and the lengths of their lists, I can’t even imagine how they feel.
Last year and the many years before 2017, my goals and resolutions that I listed in my trusty little notebook were numbered from 1-30. I told myself to not get blown away from the list as much as that I should only concentrate the first 3. This way of thinking has worked fine as I was more then realistic with what I could and could not accomplish. Last year, with hard work and effort, 4 months into 2017, I had accomplished 3 of those goals fearlessly and was satisfied with my professional and personal results. Those three goals were one, to get up early and be at the gym at 5:15 AM for my favorite spin class, the other one was to find a new opportunity that would get me out of my comfort zone and last one was to explore a new country.
When I focused on those three goals and accomplished them, I felt that the goals for the rest of the year was going to be a piece of cake.
This year when it came time to making my list, I had an epiphany, the kind that left me wondering why I never thought of this idea before. Instead of furiously trying to figure out how to succeed in accomplishing 5 or maybe 10 or maybe 20 of my goals and resolutions, I thought to myself why not just find a way to FINISH?
The thought of finishing is an accomplishment in itself. Finishing is a special frame of mind. Have you ever been in a job situation where the people you were working with couldn’t finish? Couldn’t finish their work in time? Couldn’t finish any meeting or project in time? Couldn’t even finish their conversations with clients?
Have you ever been at the gym when someone in a group exercise class like a cycling or yoga class leaves mid way just because they couldn’t handle it any more? When I analyze my goals and what I want to accomplish, it’s super important to envision what the end of the goal looks like and what it’s going to take to get there.
Everyone can write their goals down and tell everyone about them but if you rework your thinking to figure out how to finish first, it’s easier to imagine in succeeding.
To me finishing is everything.
So this year, I made a promise to myself, not a resolution but a definitive goal that I would only associate with “Finishers,” or people and projects that had a beginning and end. Now instead of starting from what I think is the beginning, I start with the end in mind. To be able to see and visualize the “end,” is my process of how I am going to finish a project, complete a task, succeed in whatever I choose to do. My process is pretty simple, write down the steps of what you need to do to accomplish the goal and within the last few steps are usually the keys to finishing.
Now the thought of finishing just doesn’t apply to goals and resolutions, it also applies to people. I am also going to be pro active in making sure I surround myself with finishers. Gone will be the days of working with the talkers who can “idea up,” anything but never do anything with them, working with people who have trouble carrying their weight and don’t even get me started with the entrepreneurs that are wantapreneurs who want, want and want but never do. Do you see a pattern here? The time you waste with people you surround yourself with is also related to finishing.
So for this year and years to come, finishing is my one and only goal.