Living Your Best Year Ever – Guide by Darren Hardy – Bestselling Author of The Compound Effect, Design Your Best Year Ever and Publisher of SUCCESS magazine.
Story from WWII
Back during World War II, enemies torpedoed a Navy cruiser carrying more than 1,100 crew-members. As the ship sank into the frigid water, the crew floundered in the sea for five days. They were starving, drowning, and being attacked by sharks. The ocean current pulled nine of the guys away, splintering off from the rest of the ranks. Seeing these men were beginning to lose their will, a young officer started asking them about their families and lives back home. He asked them to describe what they were going to do when they got back. He asked them what they wanted to accomplish and what difference they wanted to make. He had them envision how scared their spouses and children were; how their parents must feel not knowing if they were alive. He asked them to fight to stay alive, not just for themselves but for their loved ones back home. Finally a passing plane spotted the men in the water. Two-thirds of the 1,100 crew members perished. However, all nine inspired by that young officer lived.
This story helps illustrate the importance of vision. The Bible explains, where there is no vision, the people perish. What is the vision for your life? It needs to be bigger than yourself. What are you willing to fight for; who are you willing to fight for; or rather… live for?
Step 1 – The Why is more important than the How.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
Step 2 – Year in Review
History will repeat itself: Diets, Relationships, etc.
“Those who cannot learn from History are doomed to Repeat it.”
Why Most Goal Setting Fails
Plan, Do, Review and Improve
Step 3 – Foundation of Abundance
“Be Thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
Prevent this fatal mistake: fixate on what you don’t have.
Gratitude is the attitude that changes everything
Step 4 – Balance Sheet
“Life without balance can cost you your relationships. Life without balance can cost you your health. Life without balance can cost you your spirituality. Life without balance can cost you your wealth and your happiness. So find things to motivate you from all areas of life. Your success depends on it.” – Jim Rohn
Exercises: Life Assessment and Wheel of Life
10 Point Check List for Goal Setting
Step 5 The Grand Design
M – Measurable
T- Time Sensitive
Check for Balance
Step 6 – The Magic Factor to Achieving Your Goals
The You Factor
If your relationships, wealth or health suddenly spike, your inner thermostat gets uncomfortable and will bring you back down to your comfort level (psychologists would call this self-sabotage)
Ever feel uncomfortable in a relationship because things seem to be going “too well”? You’re looking for something in that person to criticize because you don’t actually believe true love and happiness could exist within this person, who is with you.
The key is to raise your set point, or self-worth, self-esteem, mindset, attitude, philosophy and character. When those get raised, everything in your life will be raised with them.
“To achieve something you have never achieved before you must become someone you have never been.” – Les Brown
Step 7 – Your Plan of Action
Step 8 – Take ACTION
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau