As I sit writing this on the morning of the last day in 2019, I have a question for you.
Should old goals be forgot and never brought to mind?
I don’t think so.
Today is the final day of reckoning for goal-oriented people such as yourself.
As you sit back and reflect on the last year, you’ll see some wins (hopefully) and some losses as you review the list of goals you made this time last year.
Perhaps you crushed it this year or perhaps you let everything fall to the wayside.
Either way, you can’t go back and live 2019 over again. It’s gone in a few short hours never to return.
That’s how time is. Most people realize too late it’s one of the few precious things you can’t get back once it’s gone.
All you can do now is reflect and plan.
If you succeeded, then hopefully you’re partying.
If you failed, then hopefully you’re pondering.
I’ve had years when I’ve done both and I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to consistently meet you goals year after year.
I want to help you make this your year and crush you goals in 2020.
Not just crush them but obliterate them.
It takes heart. It takes persistence. It takes consistency.
These 10 ways will help you stay on the path and crush you goals in this coming year and decade!
# 1- Set goals
I’m a big fan of the late and great Jim Rohn.
Jim tells this story how the first time me went to meet his mentor, the mentor asked him take out his list of goals.
Jim had to embarrassingly explain that he didn’t actually have a list of goals.
Jim’s mentor responded that it was easy to see he was going nowhere since he never took the time to write his goals down.
It’s a fact that people who write their goals down are far more likely to reach them.
Do yourself a favor and take a few hours before this new year starts to think about your goals.
Sit down with a notebook and decide what you actually want. Don’t just set a certain goal because you think you’re supposed to.
It has to be something you want.
Make a list of those goals and put it somewhere you will see it every single day like a bathroom mirror.
You need to see those goals as much as possible to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish.
# 2- Make a plan
This is where a lot of people fail.
They set these great goals, but they never make an actual plan.
Goals are important and necessary, but you also need a plan.
How are you going to get to your destination without a map?
It doesn’t have to be a perfect plan by any means, but you need to sit down and write some type of plan out.
Take a notebook and write down each goal. Under the goal, write out your plan for reaching it.
The plan can be pretty basic at first. You can always improve on it as you go and likely will.
If you need some guidance on making a plan, I highly recommend the book Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
# 3- Get in shape
I’m obviously biased with running this site, but you can’t maximize your success this year if you continue to be out of shape.
Being out of shape is bad for you physical and mental health.
All day long you feel the effects of it.
That spare tire around your waist. Getting out of breath just going up the stairs. Not having the energy to play with you small children.
You don’t have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you need to exercise consistently and get into the best shape you can.
Everything in life is better and easier when you’re fit.
# 4- Get on a diet
This obviously goes along with getting in shape.
Most people are not on any kind of diet.
They eat whatever they find from day to day.
Most of the time they make poor food choices.
When you don’t have any rules to follow with your diet, anything goes.
It’s easy to see how that quickly gets out of hand and the pounds begin to add up.
Pick a diet and stick with it.
Get a few diet books if you need to and formulate a plan for you diet.
The most important thing about a diet is that you will be able to stick with it.
I prefer to call it a lifestyle since that’s really what it is.
Diets come and go, but lifestyles stay.
Decide this year to finally get on a healthy diet you can follow.
# 5- Be consistent
This is probably the most important thing on this list.
Without consistency, none of these other things I’ve listed mean anything.
It’s great to know what to do, but the question is–can you do it?
Action is what gets results. Not planning and thinking.
If you want to reach you goals, you need to be consistent.
Day-in and day-out you need to do all the things you said you would to make sure 2020 is your year.
It’ll be tough at first if you’ve been lazy, but overtime you will build the discipline within yourself and it’ll get easier.
Consistency is everything.
# 6- Develop good habits
This is another big one.
Most people have a lot of bad habits.
Many they don’t even realize.
Some big ones are: snacking, complaining, overeating, oversleeping, procrastinating, smoking, drinking too much, starting things and not finishing them.
There are probably an infinite number of bad habits, but those are the ones that come to mind.
Wage a war on you bad habits this year.
Sit down and write down every bad habit you have. If you can’t think of many, ask those around you about the bad habits they think you have.
You will get a lot of insight and have a good idea on which habits need to be tackled and eliminated.
Replace the bad habits with good habits and you are well on your way to crushing it.
# 7- Stop complaining
This is one of my big rants on Twitter over and over again.
Do yourself a favor and stop complaining.
It does absolutely zero to help you. It actually makes it worse.
There is nothing to gain by complaining.
Those around you don’t care and don’t want to hear you complain.
Complaining is not constructive in any way.
If you took all the energy you waste on complaining and put it towards solving the problem you’re complaining about–your life would change.
Do yourself a huge favor and give up the complaining habit this year.
# 8- Read books
You can’t read too much.
The average person reads one book a year and usually doesn’t even finish that.
It’s pathetic in such an educated society that reading has been all but abandoned.
Benefits of reading are:
- Helps you think better
- Helps you speak better
- Helps you learn new things
- Improves your creativity
- Improves your vocabulary
- Improves your spelling
- Improves your writing
Major benefits that will help you tremendously in society today.
If you can speak well and write well, you will go far.
Set a goal for how many books you want to read this year and go after it.
Aim to read for a half hour a day and you will be shocked at how many books you are able to finish within the year.
# 9- Learn new skills
If you’re not moving forward, then you’re moving back.
You can learn literally anything you want today.
With the internet, any skill you want to learn is at your fingertips in seconds. Usually for free.
While many people are taking advantage of the internet today, most people are just using it to waste time.
They just use it to scroll social media and argue with strangers. Stupid.
Whether it’s coding, blogging, e-commerce, writing, marketing–whatever. You can learn it online.
There are so many platforms online now for learning new things, but I highly recommend Udemy. I’ve learned so many things on there for just a few dollars.
# 10- Get your money right
You will not have a great year and reach all your goals if you’re struggling financially.
It puts a damper on everything.
When you don’t have money, you can’t even think straight.
Been there, done that.
You don’t have to be Bill Gates, but get your money right.
Make a budget.
Save more than you spend.
Take the time to learn how to manage your money.
It’s amazing to me how many people go through adulthood being completely irresponsible with their money.
I highly recommend the book “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. Everyone should start with that book and follow his plan.
You’ll be out of debt and on your way to wealth in no time with some patience and hard work.
Who’s coming with me?
I hope all of you reading this are coming with me into 2020 ready to crush your goals.
Your life is slipping away one second at a time. Are you going to keep wasting it?
Make this your year.
Promise yourself that you’re going to become the person you know you can be.
I know you can do it.
Good luck in 2020 and stay pumped,
P.S. What do you do to make sure you crush you goals every single year? I’d love to hear you answers, questions and comments below!