Will anything be different for you in the New Year, or will everything be the same as last year? Will you say, “Same ol’ same ol’…nothing ever changes”?
But you know the adage: “The only thing we can count on is change.” Right?
If so, then why does nothing ever seem to change in your life?
The One Way to Create a Different Year
Simple. You don’t change.
Most of us don’t change…ever.
If you want the new year to be different, you have to change. That’s when your results—and your life—are transformed.
To make sure 2018 isn’t just like 2017…and the year before that and the year before that…you need to do something differently. Or you need to be someone different.
Just Change One Thing
So what will you change? You might be thinking you could change just about everything in your life—and maybe that seems like the only way to have an entirely different year. But you don’t need to change everything…or even a lot of things.
Just change one thing. However, make this choice carefully. Choose the one thing that will move the needle for you.
Your Needle-Moving Change
A needle mover is something that makes a big difference in how fast you move forward toward a goal. Think about a car. When you put your foot on the gas peddle, the speedometer needle moves. It goes from five miles per hour to 10, then 20, the 30, and so on. And the car travels forward at that speed as well.
What one thing could you change that would increase your ability to speed toward becoming the person you want to be or creating the life you want to live?
A needle-moving change also can be likened to a thermometer. When you, the thermostat, make a change—turn the dial up—the heat rises on the thermometer. How can you raise the temperature in your life—even in one area—so you create a different state of being?
Pick one change you will make in your mindset, habits, or strategies. It could be related to health, relationships, career, finances, or hobbies. But this change must be one that truly moves the needle for you.
My Needle-Moving Changes
Last year my goals was to increase my income. That meant I needed to be much more consistent and focused on promotion. My needle-moving change, therefore, was to focus on launching and promoting one specific new program consistently each week. That had to be my priority–not checking email or Facebook, not blogging, not even writing books. (That’s why I only pubished one ebook last year.)
My business and income changed because I changed. I acted in a consistent and focused manner. I committed to something and didn’t waver until I had achieved the goal. I became tenacious.
This year, I’d like to level up my productivity. So, the needle-moving change I’m making is to go to sleep earlier and wak up earlier–and get no less than seven hours of sleep per night. in fact, the goal is eight hours. Why? I know that being rested helps me be more focused and effective.
Change Means Personal Growth
As you can see, your needle-moving changes require you to change. That’s why it’s important to focus on personal growth no matter what change you choose to take on. I couldn’t have increased my income if I didn’t work on my productivity, focus, courage, and influence abilities. And I won’t be able to create the type of life I want if I don’t stop procrastinating, move through my fear, and boldly do what I love.
How do I make those personal changes? I get coached by fellow Certified High Performance Coaches. I go to personal growth and development workshops and classes. I journal. I track my progress. I meditate.
And I decide—choose—to be different. I commit to change, and then I take action that keeps me congruent with who I want to become.
That’s when the needle moves.
What needle-moving change or changes will you make this year?
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