The hamburger challenge (failure can be hard to swallow, even if it’s a hamburger blog post) I engaged in was a kind of resolution – a declaration, pledge or oath to strive to achieve that came with attached consequences. Either I was going to lose into not keeping the discipline and eat one and thus end up with a hamburger tattoo on my person OR, I would go the distance, win and have no additional body art!
Fortunately, I was able to maintain the declaration right to the end even when temptation presented itself on numerous occasions. Let me tell you, the feel of achievement was more a sigh of relief! A better body and savings from non-consumption spend were additional tangible rewards too.
How many others made 2013 resolutions and lasted the distance?
If you did, congratulations, great achievement. If you didn’t, congratulations also, because it’s not too late to re-visit them to set them in place for 2014 and try again.
However, as 2013 tick tocks towards the end I’ve decided to change tack and instead of setting resolutions or challenges like before, I thought I would set more ‘evolution’ type of goals. Personal development, growth and advancement type.
And to help me reach my maximum potential by the end of next year to make it the best year ever, I’m going to adopt a formula I happened upon this year that I thought was brilliant. Called the 3-3-5-3 formula, let me share it with you:
The 1st 3
List three BIG goals that you would like to tick off to produce the best year ever.
One will be wealth related; one will be relationship related; one will be community related.
The 2nd 3
List the three ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Priorities) of the day to spend important time on to tick off moving the peg toward your BIG 3 yearly goals.
In simplistic terms, it’s important to ensure that I include three tasks into my daily activity in tune with my yearly goals. And I don’t neglect them – even if it may be a case of sometimes having to get up early or go to bed late to ensure the tasks get done.
The 3rd 5
List five daily key rituals to help you become better at achieving your goals.
For example, writing, studying, illustrating, exercising and encouraging would contribute toward continuous improvement in personal development. If I keep refining my character by doing the daily key rituals and I become 10 times better, think how that will work toward me achieving my goals.
The 4th 3
Summarize three positive aspects of the day that you were most grateful for, the kind of stuff that will inspire you to get up and tick off doing it all again tomorrow.
Since our return to New Zealand in April, I’ve maintained keeping a journal and illustrating three aspects of the day that I’ve been grateful for. Some have been ‘MVP’ and some ritual and some not. It’s one of my favourite parts of the day in preparedness for a new day, tomorrow. There have been many a time I have flicked back through the pages to reflect and reminisce, I’m confident that it will make for some light hearted reading ten years from now also!
My mentor, Jim Rohn say’s it nicely, “I’ve often said the major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”
I certainly know that it will take discipline and consistency with focus and attention just like the hamburger challenge did. I also know I can do it to make 2014 the best year ever.
Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014.