Have you decided to be more successful in 2017?

Often, we have someone call our office about making a change in his or her life.  We send information and then hear nothing.  Two years later, that person calls and says, “Now I’m ready to really create a plan.”  What I always wonder is, What did they do for those two years?  And usually, when we meet, it confirms my suspicion that they simply continued doing what they had been doing. One time a coaching client told me he had taken a temporary position at his local bank – just for 2-3 months until he clarified his job search for a really great job.  That was 14 years ago – and yes, he was still at the bank, in essentially the same lowly position.

2017 Just Ahead Green Road Sign Against Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

We know we all have a tendency toward continuing the status quo.  But once you have made a decision, what would cause you to wait?  If you said you wanted to be in better shape physically, when would you like to start?  If you wanted to do better financially, when would you like to get started?  If you want to be more successful, when would you like to start?  Many times the years go by and I hear people regret that they did not start something earlier.

A few years ago there was a book released titled “Five Frogs on a Log.”  The essence of the book was this:  Five frogs were sitting on a log.  Four decided to jump off.  How many were left?  And it goes on to suggest that there were still five frogs on the log.  There is a difference between “deciding” and “doing”.

Now is a great time to clarify your goals for next year.  In fact, I would suggest that you decide now to have your goals for 2017 set by November 14th.  And Do it!  That way, you can enjoy the 48 Days leading up to the New Year with the confidence that you know what you are going to accomplish in 2017.  And you know what will happen?  You will actually start the process on some of those in the remaining 48 days of this year.  What an exciting way to start a new year!

We’re getting a ton of success stories for the podcast from people who have accumulated information, but then moved on to understanding and application.  They are “doing” rather than just deciding.  

“It takes as much time and energy to wish as it does to plan.”   Eleanor Roosevelt

Are you a goal setter? Do you typically set goals at the first of the year? If not, why not?

If you need some help in the process of getting started, go to:  http://www.48days.com/2017

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  • Travis Hayes

    I made a New Year’s resolution to drive past a gym twice a week this year, and I have kept that resolution. Maybe I need to actually go in during this coming year.

    • Travis – ah that’s great! Surely there’s some ancillary benefit from just driving by.

  • Jevonnah Ellison

    Just set my 2017 goals. Thanks, Dan!

    • Jevonnah – awesome. I have as well. Love seeing them in print in front of me.

  • Matthew Eaton

    I’ve downloaded the PDF and noticed three of these items (Financial, family, and spiritual) do not apply to me. I don’t have family and don’t plan to start one. I have no spirituality in my life. I don’t care about my finances.

    With this in mind, is this system not for me? Do I fail with maybe four of the seven targets in play? I’d be curious to hear the answer.

    • Matthew,
      I don’t think this is possible. You can’t exist without being plugging in to a financial system. Even if you’re trading potatoes for eggs you have bought into some kind of economic system. And understanding a financial model will improve your life – without question. Having “no spirituality” in you life implies that nothing exists that you cannot touch or see. So you’ve just eliminated beauty, joy and all the things we can’t explain. Very boring existence. No family? Maybe not connected to biological people – but surely there are people you relate to and care about. They can become your “family.”

      I love the challenge of your question, but no, I wouldn’t bother setting goals in the other four areas of your life. Without these three you don’t have a life. I’ll take this and expand more on my podcast this week. Thanks for the provocative opportunity.

      • Matthew Eaton

        I am sad to hear you say this, but I understand why you would think I don’t have a life.

        I do have a life, and every day is indeed a good day to be alive. My previous life was filled with a lot of physical, sexual, and mental abuse. I’ve faced suicide twice. I know the deeper and darker recesses of my mind. I don’t have spirituality, but I know the value of a day above ground and accepting that things are out of my control in most cases.

        I don’t strive for these things (spirituality, financial stability, or family). There are a lot of people who don’t have them and they succeed and struggle like all humans.

        I appreciate your time in answering, even if it is a little more critical than I expected.

        • Matthew – hey, not meant to be critical but to maybe encourage you to recognize you can’t just eliminate those areas of your life. You are moving toward your expectations in those areas even if you haven’t acknowledged having “goals” there. I really believe that in the absence of “spirituality” you would be little more than a robot. Simply seeing yourself as part of a bigger picture is a spiritual response – and opens the door to lots of exciting possibilities.

          • Matthew Eaton

            I appreciate the input, but those categories will always remain at a zero.

            Thank you for verifying this and all the advice you give. I will continue to forge on and do what I must.