With 6 weeks of 2018 already gone by, I believe it’s a good time to check in on how far we are doing with achieving our goals, or what others call New Year’s resolutions.
It’s no secret that almost everyone is somewhat hyped up at the beginning of a new year with large dreams and aspirations for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, however, that degree of enthusiasm often palpable at the beginning of the year, is often lost somewhere along the line, that most people often fail to deliver on their huge dreams.
In fact, according to data recently released by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 58.4 percent of resolutions or goals, last longer than the first month of the year, and only 44.8 percent last longer than 6 months of the year. Another revealing statistic is the fact that only 37.8 percent of people in their twenties actually achieve their resolutions, and more alarming is the fact that only 16.3 percent of people in their fifties, go on to achieve their goals. The big question is why is this happening? How is it that people who seemed very motivated at the beginning of a new year to achieve great things, suddenly find themselves becoming unmotivated to make good on their goals?
Why I believe there is no single overriding answer that may explain this disconnect between setting goals and actually achieving them, I believe that a big contributing factor to this outcome is a lack of personal conviction. When people set goals for themselves just for the fun of goal setting, without a deep conviction on why achieving those goals are important, the likelihood for failure is high, especially in the face of daunting challenges.
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A lack of personal conviction quickly dispels courage and optimism, in the setting of oppositions, set-backs or failures. This phenomenon becomes more pronounced especially when people have held on to wrong beliefs or notions that achieving success should happen a certain way, and when it doesn’t seem to go as they envisage, they quickly chicken out of the race. This is why you find a lot of unfulfilled dreams at the end of the year, with people asking themselves, “where did all the time go?”
Since the year is just 6 weeks old, I wanted to remind all of us, that there is still time left to make good on our goals. And apart from ensuring that you are absolutely convicted about your goals (which in itself is a key success determining factor), I wanted to share with you an easy trick to help you stay motivated and focused on your goals until you achieve the desired results.
An easy trick that I employ after ensuring that my convictions are aligned with my set goals is the use of a mnemonic. As you may already know, a mnemonic is a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas or associations that assists in remembering something. A mnemonic is often designed to aid the memory, in achieving any desired outcome. So, for example, many of us have passwords which may be derived from mnemonics, and we may have coded a lot of information in our brains with the use of this awesome tool-a mnemonic.
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So, what is the mnemonic I employ to keep me motivated and focused on my goals? It is simple, and it is only a word that contains 4 letters. And that word is PUSH, which stands for:
Persist Until Success Happens
Yes, that is my trick word, PUSH. And for me, apart from conveying a literal meaning, it also lets me know that the road to success may not be a straight one. Hence the word “Persist”, which means “continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition or failure.
The letter “P” in PUSH tells me that I may face difficulties, oppositions or failures along my journey to success, but that in spite of all that, I must never give up until success happens.
How do you stay motivated and on course to achieve your goals? Do you mind sharing with the larger community to ensure that we beat the current statistic at the end of the year?
And to you who may have already given up the race at only 6 weeks into the year, here is my call to action for you: “Persist Until Success Happens”, because according to Conrad Hilton,
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”- Conrad Hilton
To your continued success. Cheers!!!