It’s almost the New Year and it’s a time of year where we tend to reflect on the current year and set goals for the new. It’s great to have goals, it’s great to set goals, it’s great to work toward our goals but do you know what’s truly incredible? Achieving your goals. As I think about what I want to achieve or accomplish in 2015 and how I am going to make those things happen, my mind keeps going back to decisions.
The Latin root of the word decide is decidere, which literally means, to cut off. However, cutting things off is not a popular concept in this day and age. We live in a time where we can “have it all.” It’s cool to have it all and having it all seems to be a reflection of our ability to multitask or to be successful. However, If you listen to successful people, I mean really listen to their stories, it becomes clear that while they may have it all now, they did not get it all at the same time. In fact, they had laser like focus on one thing at a time. Let’s think about that. If they have laser focus on one thing at a time, that must mean they are deciding to cut off some other options in order to be successful at that one thing. And that’s exactly what you have to do if you’re serious about your 2015 goals.
Every year we make wish lists or goal lists. We think about what we want. But how often do we think about what we’re willing to give up in order to make those goals happen? Let’s say you plan to go to more networking events in 2015. One thing we know for sure, is that there will not be any additional hours per day in 2015, so where are you going to get the time you need to attend these events? What are you going to give up? TV time? Hanging out with friends? Doing homework with the kids? Will you give up sleep so that you can attend breakfast events?
If you don’t decide what you’re going to give up, there’s a good chance that you might not reach your goals this year. So do yourself a favor as you think about your 2015 goals and decide what you’re willing to sacrifice in order to make your dreams come true.