Two Tools To Help Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

So, we are now sitting in the fourth week of January and a lot of people have either abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions or never got to them in the first place.

Today, I want to offer up two valuable tools for maintaining those resolutions from two of my favorite entrepreneurs.

(Side note, I just finished reading “The Power Of Habit ” by Charles Duhigg and the best way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions is to make it a habit. Check out the book for more great ideas on developing habits)

Tool 1 – Write down 10 goals each day in a notebook. 

Tip taken from Brian Tracy, Entrepreneur, Sales Trainer and Business Coach

The specific practice is to write down 10 goals each day when you wake up to get you focused on what your life and professional priorities are. Brian recommends using a spiral notebook so that you can write down your goals and refer to them later. Once you write down your 10 goals, don’t look at what you’ve written until the end of 30 days. By not referring to what you wrote down yesterday, you will be forced to come up with new ideas for goals and reinforce the ones that are important to you. At the end of 30 days, you’ll find some really neat patterns and have a much more solid idea of what you are working towards.

Tool 2 – Write down a “When Life Works List”.

Tip taken from Sean Stephenson, Entrepreneur

The “When Life Works List” is a really neat tool. Essentially it is a list of habits and activities that need to happen in order for you to have an awesome day. Compiling this list and hitting 5-6 of them every day will keep you motivated and help you keep those resolutions.

This is an example of what my list looks like:

1) Morning Meditation

2) Eating a healthy breakfast

3) An hour of exercise

4) Reading a great book or article for 20 minutes

5) Having a conversation with friends that keep me accountable for my goals

6) A cup of really good tea

7) Writing a blog post

All of these things help me move towards my goals whether i’m having a good or bad day.

Try out these tools for a month and see how they work for you. I can definitely say they’ve helped me stay motivated and inspired this year.

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  1. Great post! I call my list MDMO (morning daily mode of operation) and I make sure that I do it EVERY day without fail. It always helps my day to run much more smoothly and I have become more productive now that it’s become a habit.

    Thanks and I’ll be sure to follow your blog!

  2. Great post! I call my list MDMO (morning daily mode of operation) and I make sure that I do it EVERY day without fail. It always helps my day to run much more smoothly and I have become more productive now that it’s become a habit.

    Thanks and I’ll be sure to follow your blog!

  3. Thank you for sharing your WLWL list! It’s funny because I’ve have found that eating a good breakfast makes such a difference especially when making difficult and emotional decisions. It is such a small thing but can have such a great impact.

    1. Definitely! I loved the idea of the WLWL. It ends up being a bit of a game, trying to hit as many things on your list as you can!

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