Happy New Year! May 2015 be your best year yet.

A New Year is about celebrations. It is as much about ushering in the new, as it is about letting go of the obsolete. This is why we make resolutions – to change for the better, and vie to achieve our dreams.

One of the primary reasons we do not stick to our New Year resolutions is that our current habits define what we are, and these resolutions – much as they are about what we would like to be – define what we are not.

Here is a two-step guide to help achieve your goals:

1. Decide to be In-Charge of Your Success.

  • Do not be at the mercy of what happens to you. It is way too easy to blame the circumstances, the environment; the events that are seemingly out of our control.
  • Understand the Cause & Effect equation: Are you the cause of your successes, or an effect of the circumstances?
  • It is absolutely essential that you take control, and take ownership of your results: You have to be the cause and not the effect.
  • It is pertinent to change the environment, where and if necessary.
  • Ask yourself this question, repeatedly:
    – Are you responsible for what happens to you?
    – Or are you happy playing the passive victim?

2. Commit. And Take Action.

  • Having established that you are in charge of your fortunes, the second step is to start achieving your goals.
  • For this to happen, you have to take action from the moment you define your goals. Then keep moving forwards.

Start Today. Start Now.

  • What is it that you want to achieve? Are you willing to be the cause of this achievement?
  • What is it that you can do today to begin to get what you want?
  • Take that action.
  • When done, return to Question B. Repeat.

John Wanamaker said, “One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time”. Clearly, the real secret is in taking the next step. Now, and always.

Have an amazing and fruitful 2015.