07 Jan 4 Themes to live by in 2018
Did you know that only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results of their new year’s resolutions?
So instead of just making a huge list of new years resolutions, I decided to pick four keywords or themes to live by throughout the year.
With specific resolutions, you often run into trouble before January even comes to an end, whereas the general premise of creating themes, is that regardless of what you’re doing, these themes will help guide you and your decision making throughout the year.
The four themes we will focus on as a business, and I will also focus on in my personal capacity, is Fearless, Focus, Simplicity, and Consistency.
Be FEARLESS in everything you do
We are often held back by what others will think about us, or that we might fail, that we never even try to put ourselves out there.
From hosting a webinar to doing a live social media post, or making a phone call to a potential client – these are all things that often strike me with fear just thinking about them.
So this year, try to live without that fear and see how much you can achieve. If there’s a potential opportunity and you have to contact someone you don’t know – just pick up the phone! If he/she laughs at you or shouts at you (both which are actually highly unlikely), the SO WHAT.
Put yourself out there, do what you want to, need to or have to in order to get where you want to be.
FOCUS on your goals and don’t get sidetracked
It’s easy to lose focus on the bigger picture when you get distracted by the vague minutiae that don’t matter.
Once you’ve set yourself goals, make sure that every single day you do something that will take you closer to those goals. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and stop trying to make everything perfect.
Yes, as a marketer you need to post to social media every day – but if you spend the whole day doing that, when will you get to do the work that brings in the money?
Success depends on SIMPLICITY
Know what you want, know what you’re good at and then make it work for you to get to where you want to be.
We have a tendency to overcomplicate things, I know I do. I also have a million ideas running through my mind every minute of the day, and deciding which to act on and which to let go of is probably one of my biggest mental struggles.
I often end up dividing my time into so many directions, that I struggle to finish any of them or achieve any of the end goals that I’ve set myself.
So the theme of simplicity for this year is to simplify both the business and my life, to only focus on what is important, and what will make me reach my goals – and eliminate as much of the distractions as possible.
I’m not saying I’m going to go all Steve Jobs and wear the same outfit every day… but once you start simplifying your life, you realize there’s a lot of decisions you make on a daily basis that really doesn’t have to be so complicated.
CONSISTENCY builds trust
Once you know what you want, you’re fearless in your quest to attain it, you’ve set your specific goals to focus on, and you’ve simplified your life to eliminate all the distractions… you need to be consistent!
Being consistent in what you do, how you act, what content you put out there and how you brand your business across different channels is key to success.
I’ve always struggled with being consistent. I will be doing great for a week or two, and then before I know it, fall off the wagon. And I know a lot of other people also struggle tremendously with being consistent.
However… Knowing your end goal and making clear and achievable plans to reach those goals makes it much easier to be consistent, both in business and in life.
What themes do you want to live by in 2018?
So these were the four themes that I will use to guide my decisions and actions throughout the year. If I want to do something, or buy something – I will always be thinking of these four themes, and how that action will fit in with these themes before acting on it.
Let me know what themes you’re planning on living by this year… I always love hearing what others do in their planning and goal setting!