The new year is less than a month away and, like me, you've probably been bombarded with free goal-setting worksheets designed to help you put your goals on paper. That's a great idea because writing down goals is a common activity among people who actually achieve their goals. So, you don't need me to give you advice on setting and writing down goals. I'm going to assume you already have your goals in place. Now let's move on…
The success you achieve is up to you. Self-doubt, negative thoughts, and taking advice from lazy people are three primary reasons people never live up to their potential. In the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki tells the story of Hawaiian black crabs. If placed in a bucket, the crabs are content to stay huddled together as their captor marches them toward a pot of boiling water. If a crab begins to climb toward freedom, one of the crabs at the bottom of the bucket will reach up and pull it back into the bucket. The comfort of captivity is easier than the challenge of escape.
There are people in your life who don't want you to succeed because they would rather play the victim card. They don't want anyone to prove them wrong. They don't want you to prove that you don't have to settle for mediocrity. They don't want you to prove that hard work pays off. They don't want you to escape the captivity that "average" delivers.
If you really want 2017 to be different from 2016, you can make it happen. No one in the White House, at work, or in your family will make your success a bigger priority than you do. Excuses provide the motivation to keep doing what you've been doing. You can change the way you eat, exercise, and spend money. You can invest your time doing something other than checking social media. You can write that book, create that course, start that business, or clean out that closet.
If you want a pay raise, you can hope your company gives you 3% or you can start a hobby business and earn much more. If you want to lose weight, you can sit through the drive-thru line waiting for a 400 calorie coffee beverage or you can make your coffee at home and take a walk every day. If you want to achieve your goals, you can keep hanging around with people who don't want you to succeed or you can develop relationships with people who are actually succeeding.
Success will never happen to you; it will happen as a result of what you do. You can look back at 2016 and evaluate your success thus far. If you like what you've achieved, keep doing what you've been doing. But if you are dissatisfied, choose to do something different. It's your life and your choice. Choose wisely.