Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain
I did a little survey yesterday among the crowded gym-goers. Excitedly I asked people, my staff included, what their 2012 resolutions were. Some people took a moment to respond, some people hesitated for an entire minute, and some people just didn’t even have a definable and measurable resolution. The disheartening thing about my experiment yesterday is that most of the people I asked were proactively in the gym, thinking that they were in full pursuit of their 2012 goals, but in realitly, these are the people that will make up the percentage of unsuccessful resolution setters. You see, a goal or resolution is that not distinct, measurable, and documented (written down!) is proven by statistics to typically be broken. Most of us don’t write down our goals simply because we haven’t fully committed to them or we aren’t completely ready to sail away from the safe harbour in which we feel comfort. Sail away from that safe harbour. Write your resolutions down; share your resolutions with others. The more you talk about a thing becoming true, the more likely it is to. Never forget the power of the mind and the power that comes from writing and seeing written reminders of your purpose. It is easy to be distracted in life, so to avoid getting off track of your journey, write your destination down and write it somewhere that you can see absolutely every single day.
If you want to be the best version of yourself possible, then explore, dream and discover all of the winds that can and will transform you once you set sail out of harbour. If you want to achieve your dreams in 2012, start by writing them down and then share them with someone else in order to hold yourself accountable. This year don’t say that you would “like” to lose weight, become a better man, or eat healthier, instead, say that you will lose 50 lbs, you will become a better man by giving 10% of your income to charity, and that you will eliminate white carbohydrates from your nutrition completely. Never underestimate the power of words and of clear, concise goal-setting.