It is that time of year when we must set our goals for what we want in 2019. More importantly, we must execute our actions towards our goals in 2019. January 1st always has a power over us. It is the promise we make to ourselves to lose weight, get into shape, stop smoking, save money or do our dream job. It represents the hope of a new beginning. But when it comes to execution, many of us fall short.
For example, one of the most popular New Year’s goals is weight loss. According to a survey by Franklin Covey, 40% of people who set this New Year’s Resolution break it before the end of January. An astounding 33% of people surveyed stated they were never committed to keeping the goal in the first place. I would bet it is even higher than that. Goals are so important in our lives directions, not just in our businesses. Yet the majority of Americans just sail around like a ship without a rudder. Complaining about how bad their life has become, as if they have absolutely no control over their own destiny.
When my children were young, we had a large Disney movie collection on VHS tapes and yes I am old. My daughter would fixate on one movie for weeks at a time without changing videos. I recall coming home from the office one day when she was on the Alice in Wonderland kick. It seemed whenever I walked in the room her movie was at the same scene. The scene was when Alice came upon the Cheshire Cat. Young Alice found herself at the fork in the road and she asked the Cheshire Cat “which way should I go?” The Cat replied “where are you going?” Alice replied “I don’t know” which the Cat replied “then either road will do.” I believe most people are in that same mode of thinking. Without goals and direction, either road will do. But how do you know if you have succeeded, if you don’t have a destination?
I find goal oriented people are much happier. They complain and blame less. They certainly are more successful than those wondering through life. Napoleon Hill once stated “we get what we think about most of the time”. Be careful and thoughtful about your daily thinking, because you will eventually receive it. Goals help direct ones thoughts to accomplish anything in life they want to accomplish and not to float through life like that rudderless ship. What do you want in 2019?
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”–Yogi Berra
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Tim Wilhoit is owner/principal of Your Friend 4 Life Insurance Agency in Nashville, TN. He is a family man, father of 3, grandfather of 2, entrepreneur, insurance agent, life insurance broker, employee benefit specialist, salesman, sales trainer, recruiter, public speaker, blogger, author and team leader with over 31 years of experience in sales and marketing in the insurance and beverage industries.