Albert Einstein said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Most people desire improvement — more money, better fitness, stronger relationships — but never come close to achieving it because they keep on doing the same things over and over again.
Year after year, they have the same habits, same type of thoughts, same environment, same limiting beliefs, and same excuses. No wonder nothing changes. You can’t expect different results by staying or doing the same.
Therefore, if you’re serious about making a positive change in your life, ask yourself this one question:
‘This year, what am I committed to doing differently in my life?’
Make The Decision
Change isn’t always easy, I understand. But it’s necessary. Necessary for a better life. Necessary for making an impact on others. Necessary for growth.
What have you been talking, thinking, or dreaming about for a long time, but not acting upon? Commit yourself to make this goal happen this year.
Decide to make it a reality.
For example, you might decide that this year, you’re no longer going to tolerate ordering fast-food multiple times per week for the sake of your health.
Maybe you decide you’re fed up with your stressful financial situation and you make the commitment to earn and save more money.
Maybe you decide this year will be the year you will start that business or write that book you’ve been dreaming about for years.
And maybe you decide that this year will be the year you finally adopt minimalism for the sake of the planet (and your wallet).
Whatever you desire to improve, make a real decision to make it happen this year. As Tony Robbins said, “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” Don’t allow yourself to procrastinate again — it won’t get you anywhere.
Stop Wishing — Start Committing
When you want to make a real change in your life, you have to make a real decision — not just a hopeful wish. Wishing is not a solid strategy for success. Making a commitment, however, is a much stronger strategy.
When you’ve decided to do something different this year, make sure you can’t escape it anymore:
- Write your goals down and place them where you’ll see it multiple times per day
- Share your commitment with an accountability partner
- Join a mastermind or even pay a coach to keep you accountable
- Start your days by reviewing your goals and commitments
- Invest in some of the best books or courses around the topic of your goals
All in all, put some skin in the game. Do what you have to do to make a real change this year. No more excuses. No more half-assing your goals. Make a real decision — a commitment — to do something different in the new year.
It’s a new opportunity. Seize it.
Put Your Ego Aside
Making a change in your life requires you to be open-minded. You need to put your ego aside. You might have to admit that some of your long-held beliefs are completely wrong. You might even have to confront yourself with the harsh reality that you are the reason why your life is not where you want it to be.
Looking at the truth can be painful, but it’ll empower you to make a long-lasting change. Hiding behind excuses isn’t going to get you anything.
“We can’t continue doing the same things and expect different results.” — Paulo Coelho
What actions are you going to take that you’ve never taken before? What old routines are you going to break, and what new routines are you going to build? And what destructive habits or limiting thoughts are you no longer going to tolerate?
You need to be willing to do things differently if you want to make a positive change this year. Remember, if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
Now Do It
As Tony Robbins said, “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
Therefore, as an action point for this article, think about what changes you’re committed to make in the new year and write them down on a piece of paper.
Review it daily — preferably in your morning routine — and share your commitment with a few of the most motivating and supporting people in your environment. Do anything to make it happen this year.
To Your Personal Growth,
Founder Personal Growth Lab
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