As 2016 comes to an end and we begin to start thinking about and planning the next year, it’s important to first take a moment to look back over the past year and actually recognise what we’ve accomplished.

As humans, we are the hardest on ourselves than on anyone else.

We are always expecting more, wanting more, but we never take the time to really stop and just think and recognise what we have actually accomplished. It leaves us feeling like we aren’t successful, and then inhibits how much we think we can accomplish in the future.

That isn’t going to happen this time :)

Step One: Look Back

So, before we get into the exciting stuff (the future), take a few moments and think about all the areas of your life and just recognise what you did do well with over the past year.

Some things may not be ground breaking, but they are still achievements, so they are to be recognised.

Have a look through the list below, have a think back, and recognise what you accomplished;


By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.– Jack Canfield

Next, you are going to rate yourself out of 10 in all these different areas that we have listed.

0 would mean, “This is terrible. I don’t spend any time doing it.”
10 would mean, “I’ve got this easy with my eyes closed.”

Copy the below and post it in your phone ‘notes’ or an email so you can edit it. Simply put a X in between the – – where you feel you were in relation to the areas below.

|0|  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – |10|
|0|  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – |10|
|0|  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – |10|
|0|  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – |10|
|0|  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – |10|
|0|  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – |10|

… Be honest! :)

What we want here is for you to simply see which areas are possibly lacking and which areas are your strengths.

No judgement!

Step Three: Be open to what your gut tells you

From here, think about the new year ahead, with those different areas we went through above and just be open to whatever comes into your head.

Create a big list. Dream big! You don’t need to be specific just yet – simply let it flow…

Some people find thinking of a specific event around this time a year from now can help them get more clarity. So try thinking about this time next year at your family Christmas party, or some other ‘event’, what do you want to have accomplished? How would you feel sitting there knowing everything that you achieved if you couldn’t fail? Write it down…

Then, all of a sudden you might hit a road block.

It might be in relation to your health, what you (really) want to accomplish and right now, when you’re writing it down or you’re thinking about it, that other voice comes inside your head and then you second guess yourself and you begin to think it’s completely unattainable.

Don’t worry, we will fix that later…

If there’s something inside you that wants you to do it. Please just write it down.

For bonus points, after recognising the area(s) of your life that you tend to not focus on, think about something you could do consistently or achieve to bring that area up by this time next year.

Step Four: Get Clarity On The Purpose

From your list above, you want to pick the top three things that you came up with that really stand out.

From that list, you are going to rewrite it and then underneath write out a paragraph (or more) of why it is so important for you to achieve it.

It is never about losing the weight, or saving $$, or reading more books. It’s about the real reason why you are wanting to do the above – to inspire your family to be healthier, to see the grandkids grow up, to work in a job you love, etc…

Just let it all flow, whatever comes into your head, write it out…

Step Five: Create The Recipe & Identify The Resources

From there, you have to break each goal down into a list of key things you require and what you need to actually take action on to have success with it.

If for instance, your goal is to lose 30 kilos by this time next year, what are the resources required and the recipe to make it happen? Think of it just like baking a cake!

As an example;

  1. BY 30/01/17
    *Research and find the best gym in the area that is convenient for me with the best results and reviews.
    *Cancel Foxtel so I can save $$$ each month that can go to achieving my goals not taking me away from them.
    *Tell my boss I will only have a 30 min lunch instead of an hour so I can leave work earlier.
    *Throw out all snacks in pantry.
  2. BY 2/01/17
    Contact the Coach/Facility and speak to them about my goals and confirm a time to go in, meet them, and commit.
  3. BY 2/01/17 
    Tell those close to me who support me what I am doing to help hold me accountable.
  4. BY 5/01/17
    Have first training session.
  5. BY 5/02/17
    Notice significant difference from how I feel on a day to day basis. Waking up earlier, having more energy, pants are looser, sleeping better, people complimenting me on how I look, feeling motivated to get out of bed every day.
  6. BY 10/04/16
    (1/3 of the way into the year) Be down 10kg of my 30kg goal.
…Hello self-doubt. Nice to meet you (again)

It’s around this point that one begins to get nervous because self-doubt creeps in.

From here, you need to really identify and ask yourself, “Why is this important?”.

Go back to that paragraph that you wrote in step four.

If you do feel uneasy, if you do feel like the people around you may possibly not support you to achieve your goals, it’s time to identify and create the opportunity for you to begin to change your ‘circle’.

You are the average of the people you hang around most, and if those around you aren’t successful in achieving the goals you are after, it is time for you to start finding a new place where you can be around these people – ie, go to a place where people are on the same path as you and support each other, know each others names, hold you accountable, make friends with each other and not just there to do their own thing with their headphones in.

Step Six: Get Certain & Visualise It

To get certain on the fact that you can achieve what you have written out, find someone who was like you and has achieved what you are after already. Speak to them (many at our gym who are happy to help).

We always find that this 5 min conversation is one of the biggest catalysts that propel clients forward.

You aren’t a unique snowflake and there are people who are/were in a much worse situation than you have been in, and they have already achieved what you want – so you definitely can.

Final Tip: To help set you up for success and if you still struggle seeing yourself achieving it, every morning wake up 5 min early and spend a few minutes visualising yourself achieving your goal(s) at that event in a years time. See yourself vividly looking and feeling as you have achieved those goals. When you first start it is vague but after consistent application you get clarity and the choices you make each day begin to support you at a higher level. *some people I talk to about this think it’s silly. Yet months later they are still the same, while those have taken it on board have progressed 10x.

I know that personally, I achieved a lot of wonderful things this year, but I didn’t actually even recognise it until a couple of days ago when I got away from my computer and everything else, and just sat down and reviewed what I wrote down this time last year.

Once again, just remember how amazing you all are. You can really achieve anything you want with the right people around you. And it doesn’t take forever, in most cases it takes one moment, the moment you decide 100% that it’s time to get certain, commit, and not settle.

Wishing you all the best for the coming year.

Published On: December 28th, 2016 / Categories: Articles / Tags: , , , , , , , /
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