Welcome to my final blog of 2014…My hope is that 2014 was the best year yet for you, as it was for me. It is so helpful for us to look back at the year and review both our successes and our “not so successes,” whether in business or our personal lives. We deserve to look back and give ourselves a hand for what we did right, whether it was goals we met, accomplishments we made and lives we changed for the better.

We should also look back and see what things we could do better in 2015. It’s kind of like the show at the end of every year that goes through the list of celebrities who died. In 2014, we lost some very familiar people … Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and Shirley Temple. As we reflect on the loss, we remember them for all the good things they did in the world while they were here.

This is the same way we need to approach things that we have yet to accomplish. Some may call them failures while others call them goals not yet realized. Whatever they are, make sure that you study, reflect upon and learn from them.

I had 17 goals for 2014. Currently, I have completed 12 of them. The other five will not likely happen. Some were personal goals—others were business goals. Some were tasks to complete, while others were things I wanted to be. One of my goals was to run two triathlons. I did not prepare properly, so when the time came to participate, I wasn’t ready.

Learning from your mistakes is a free lesson that may cost a lot on the front end, but can pay dividends over the long haul if you learn from them. What about you? What did you want to accomplish in 2014, but didn’t?

As we look to 2015, I strongly encourage my clients to have “To Do” (tasks) goals and “To Be” (behavior) goals. Here is the frustration with new year’s resolutions: every year, 87 percent of adults create new goals and resolutions, but by the end of January, 50 percent have already failed and only 8 percent make it to the end of the year.

Why is that? People/their goals were:

  1. Unrealistic
  2. Unprepared
  3. Unmotivated

Focusing on behaviors rather than tasks is a much more exciting way to accomplish goals. What we’re all looking for are results, which come from behavioral changes, not completing tasks.

So, if you decide that you are going to make 2015 the year you get results, then I commend you for it! Make sure you/your goals are:

  1. Realistic
  2. Prepared
  3. Motivated

If you want to make 2015 the year that you actually accomplished something you wrote down in January, you are in luck! I can help you with that. Just ask, and I will send you the simple yet effective method that helped me do everything from eat healthier, to start a new successful business. Email dave@positivepolarity.com and ask for the 2015 Resolution Plan—it’s free!

Here’s to a successful and fun 2015!

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