Do you want to learn how to make lasting change in 2018?
Or are you one of those people who creates resolutions or has you totally given up on even making them?
I understand both sides of this equation as I was a chronic resolutioner until 2015. Finally, I realized I never stuck with them and figured why the hell even bother?
Then I discovered an amazing video from Tony Robbins that changed my thoughts on resolutions and how to make lasting change.
Most people use the new year to start a major change but we all know most resolutions fail. In fact, 92% of all resolutions fail!
Instead of making resolutions watch this video in full or read below to start making lasting change in 2018:
Focus On Making Progress In Every Area
The secret to real happiness is progress. Progress equals happiness.” — Tony Robbins
Tony says that human beings need to grow in order to achieve real and lasting happiness. Human beings are conditioned to always wanting to achieve more. Reaching a goal is great but if you stay there eventually you will want to set a new goal and reach new heights.
Whatever your goals are for 2018 make sure you strive for progress more than anything. Even if it is a big goal that seems “impossible” try to get a little better each day.
Make sure to celebrate your victories as well. Whenever you make huge strides you need to reward yourself to keep the motivation alive.
The easiest way to keep making progress on a consistent basis is to stay in a “peak state.”
Get Into a Peak State
Do you think you will set better goals if you are energetic, optimistic and motivated or if you’re sitting on the couch watching TV?
Tony refers to this as being in “Peak State.”
Being in peak state is when you are in control and feel alive instead of simply getting by. When you are in a peak state you handle tough situations better, feel gratitude at higher levels, and find answers much quicker than normal.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t living in a peak state. Most people are living in a hyper-caffeinated, overstimulated environment where they never actually focus on one single task.
As much as I love social media (and caffeine) it is really easy to get caught in a vicious cycle of always being on the go. This can lead to some bad decisions, responding to situations poorly and overall a lower quality of life.
Getting into a peak state is something you have to make a conscious effort to do every single day, usually with a great morning routine.
Here are some ways to jumpstart your morning so you start each day in a peak state:
- Wake up early
- Spend a few minutes being grateful for three things in your life
- Write down your goals (both for the day and longer term)
The best part is that it doesn’t take a ton of time. Tony’s morning “priming” routine only takes roughly 10 minutes!
Remember, if you win the morning you will always win the day.
Review Your Goals Daily
How often do you set goals and tuck the note away or never seen the document on Google drive ever again? I know I am super guilty, my Google drive used to be littered with all my goals.
I’ve never had a problem setting goals, but often times the goals were written down and never reviewed again.
Fix this by spending five minutes each day reviewing your goals. Do one thing each day to get you closer to any goal you might be working towards in 2018.
Related: The Science To Achieving Your Goals
Raise Your Standards
As Tony Robbins said, “Lasting change is different than a goal. You don’t always get your goals, but you always get your standards.”
You always get your “musts” but don’t always get your “should’s.”
Wants don’t get met consistently but your standards always do.
Tony uses a great fitness example in the video. He mentions that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day yet some people always stay in shape no matter what. They have raised their standard to always be fit and healthy.
These people don’t have more time than everyone else but exercise and nutrition is just a must for them.
Create a Vision & Rituals
Do you have a vision of how you want your life to be? Are you working towards that vision every single day?
Successful people always have a vision of who they want to become and what they want to do in their lives. Their vision is their blueprint to follow in life. In the video, Tony uses Tiger Woods as an example. His vision is to be the greatest golfer of all time. The vision is clear, tangible, and can be achieved (with a ton of hard work).
While creating a vision is important, creating rituals to back it up are even more important.
In reference to Tiger Woods he talks about changing his swing when he was the #1 player in the world, he knew he needed to get better to be the best of all time. He also introduced lifting weights into the sport, these rituals are the reason he is as successful as he has become!
This is the reason so many people set resolutions that fail by February. Most people don’t set a compelling vision instead they create a weak goal that doesn’t really matter.
Typical resolutions look like this: “I want to lose 10 pounds.”
It’s not a bad goal but it doesn’t have much substance or reason to keep people working toward their goal on a regular basis.
Instead, a better goal is, “I want to lose 10 pounds so I have more energy every day. I want to feel good about myself, be strong, and confident.”
How to Make Lasting Change in 2018
So how do you apply this amazing video to your life to make 2018 the best year ever? Start with these four steps and learn how I lost (and kept off) 14 pounds in 2017.
Step 1: Find an area of your life that you want to change in 2018.
It could be personal, relationship, financial, career or any area you want to change. Write down and describe to yourself the area you want to improve — be as specific as possible.
Real Life Example: Here’s how I used this video for 2017 and ended up losing 13 pounds from January 1st, 2017 to January 1st, 2018. While I went to the gym often I still ate too many calories, drank too many beers, and never changed workouts or eating plans. I was the definition of insane — doing the same thing expecting different results!
Step 2: Write down the rituals that have gotten you to this point. Be truthful to yourself like I was last year.
Example: I listed off most of them above but also never did cardio. I was 100% weights because I hated running or any form of cardio.
Step 3: What do you want! Be ultra-specific and create your vision for the future.
Example: I wanted to lose weight to gain confidence, play better golf, reduce the risk of injury and have more energy every day. My goal was 175 pounds and roughly 9% body fat.
Step 4: Write down the rituals that will get you your compelling vision. What would you need to do differently each day to get what you want in the new year!?
Example: I revamped my diet and exercise 100% in 2017. First off was diet, I tried different eating plans for 30-day experiments (low carb, keto, and fasted plans). Some worked, some didn’t, and others left me hangry. Eating low carb worked so well I wrote a book about it!
I also changed my workout rituals by doing interval sprints almost daily. Once I started to see results it inspired me to complete my first ever triathlon in October! I also added yoga, circuit training, and stretching to my routine.
To see results in any area of life you have to change your small, daily rituals.
Resolutions fail but changing your rituals or habits can change your life forever. While I don’t see any value in resolutions I do see a ton of value in the momentum that a new year brings.
Capitalize on that momentum by starting one of these 18 changes or completing this full exercise to change a specific area of your life in 2018. Habits take roughly 21 days to form so stick with in January to make it a ritual.
Do you make resolutions? Instead of resolutions are you finally trying to make lasting change in the new year?
Let me know in the comments!
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