🎯If you want to make 2021 your BEST year yet, do these 3 things every day

🎯If you want to make 2021 your BEST year yet, do these 3 things every day

2020 was a year many people will like to forget. If you want to make 2021 your best year ever, then below are three things you must do every day.

No one enters a New Year with the hope that it’ll be a horrible year; we all have beautiful aspirations of what we want to achieve.

But we also know that not everyone remembers their New Year resolution six weeks into the year. In fact, according to research by the U.S. News and World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. In a comprehensive 2007 study involving 3,000 people, University of Bristols’ Richard Wiseman established that “88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, even though 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning.” 

In a similar far-reaching study by The University of Scranton, they found that only “8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.”

The question is, why do many New Year resolutions fail?

Well, for one, Strive Masiyiwa notes that many people do not embed their goals in the 3-D framework: Decision-Dedication-Discipline.

“Decision must be followed by dedication; in other words, you must be devoted to that change that you have decided to make in your life. The third component is the discipline. Discipline is the bridge between thought and its accomplishment,” says telecom billionaire Strive Masiyiwa.

Unpacking this further, leadership coach and author Peter Bregman wrote in a Harvard Business Review Blog that “When we set goals, we’re taught to make them specific and measurable and time-bound. But it turns out that those characteristics are precisely the reasons goals can backfire. A specific, measurable, time-bound goal drives behavior that’s narrowly focused and often leads to either cheating or myopia. Yes, we often reach the goal, but at what cost?” He further stressed that instead of the generic goal-setting structure most people use, they should focus on what he calls an Area of Focus. “An area of focus that taps into your intrinsic motivation offers no stimulus or incentive to cheat or take unnecessary risks, leaves every positive possibility and opportunity open, and encourages collaboration while reducing corrosive competition. All this while moving forward on the things you value most.”

With that understanding, the remaining part of this article will help you learn proven keys to actualizing whatever aspirations or area of focus you choose for 2021. You will get simple, actionable tools and strategies to help you make 2021 your best year so far!

Here’s how it works:

#1 key to make 2021 your best year: 🚀Move from consuming to creating

“Art reminds man that he is not just a consumer but a creator as well. It awakens in him the urge to work and perform great deeds; it fills him with the craving to pass on the Promethean fire to generations to come.”

– Stanisław Lem.

If there’s one crucial lesson we learned abundantly in 2020, it’s about thinking for yourself and following your direction. The world is becoming incredibly different than it used to be. From mind-numbing Social Media addiction to sweet-talking salespeople and media professionals planting segregative thoughts into people’s minds with their repetitive advertising and emotionally-charged headlines, they designed the digital world to distract you from living on your terms.

For example, research has shown that most people look at their Smartphones at least 100 times daily. The things designed to help us become more productive and progressive are now cocaine-like addictive tools, pulling people away from their objectives. And while we’re pinging and vegging off to strings that others pulled, our goals and areas of focus remain unattended.

Just yesterday, I sat next to a young man in Church, and from the moment he sat down, he stayed face-down, scrolling aimlessly through Social Media while the sermon was going on. I had to get his attention. He was in the meeting physically but elsewhere else in his mind, being ping-ponged around.

By the way, that habit is not exclusive to the young man. And before you see this as me gloating on my super refined skills, take a look at this 2019 workplace survey by Gallup: ONLY 19% of Ghanaian workers they reviewed felt engaged. A majority of the respondents, 68%, felt not engaged; they are psychologically unattached to their work and company. They’re putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work. Further, 12% of surveyed employees are actively disengaged. These employees aren’t just unhappy at work. Every day, they potentially undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.

If you want to make 2021 your best year yet, you must move from being a consumer to being a creator. Think about it. Everything you see around you was designed and developed by someone else. Are you going to be comfortable with a consumer status?

And no, I’m not advocating that you should start a company — except, of course if that’s what you wish to do. My point is, to make 2021 your best year yet, you must take deliberate steps to ensure your life is practical and productive. What have you achieved today? How did you spend most of your time in the last three months?

Charlie Love says the world needs a society of creators and not consumers. Creativity is in our genes. We’re not mere specks in the universe; we’re something more than a market opportunity. The seed of God runs through our veins. The question is, are you going to be a conduit to bring His potentialities to bear in your work, or are you content with a life of mediocrity and mundanity — doing the barest minimum to get by? 

#2 key to make 2021 your best year: 🛠️Commit to becoming your best self

“People have an endless list of things they believe they should do or should follow through on, but what happens when you decide something is an absolute “must?” What happens when you cut off any other possibility than succeeding — when you decide that you are either going to find a way to make something happen or create the way yourself? When you raise your standards and turn “should” into “must,” you are making an inner shift to take control over the quality of your life.”

– Tony Robbins.

Here’s one thing I know for sure: An extraordinary life is a life on your terms. Fulfillment comes from a state of equipoise with your true self. That’s why at SFAN, our goal is to help young people live on their terms and act as catalysts to inspire others to awaken to the same realization.

But the fabric to actualizing that equilibrium and living on your terms is that you MUST commit to a cause. If you want to make 2021 your best year yet, you cannot wish/pray yourself into manifesting your area of focus or goals. You must commit to making them happen.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the power of prayer, and I encourage people to pray for God’s grace. But the Scripture also says that faith without works is dead.

To achieve your objectives and make 2021 your best year yet, you must move from thinking about what you want to making the bets and shots that can crystalize your goals.

Everyone has potential, but not everyone is committed to unlocking their potential and blessing the world with the investment of their personalities. Commitment is the differentiator between achievers and others. 

In the language of research, commitment means that you have passed your Point of No Return. You’ve burned your bridges, and there’s no going back. You’ve decided what you want and are clear-eyed about the price you must pay to have those things. 

If you want a great company, relationship, career, academic life in 2021, here’s the rob: commit to making those things happen. As Paulo Coelho said, when you want something, the universe conspires to make it happen. But you must REALLY want it to the point of obsession to learn, improve, shift gears in your delivery, and become something entirely different!

For me, my goal is to reach every young person on the planet. I want to build an education company that will bring fresh perspectives to the talent development landscape. As you can tell, I am deeply committed to that aspiration. It’s not conditional for me. It’s obligatory. I can fall on a sword, and to be completely transparent, I have fallen on many swords already for this goal. I believe that I was born to do this, to equip young people with tools and resources that can help them turn their passions into fulfilling careers in whatever environment they find themselves in — because the environment shouldn’t be a reason for anyone’s failure. That’s my mission. What’s yours? Are you committed to it?

I’ve designed a simple checklist to help you finetune your career journey and stay on track in achieving your aspirations. If you want to get it, schedule a Strategy Session with me right away. If you need help with any career preparedness tool such as resume writing, interview prep, or need to get your business up to speed in any shape, slide into SFAN Support Studio and make your request right away!

#3 key to make 2021 your best year: 💡Own your outcome and always give more than you take

“You must put in the hours, the long nights, the sacrifice, and the diligence. While it is okay to yearn for more, you must work hard enough to earn the promotion, the pay rise, the title change, the salary increases, etc. Have a clear picture of the destination you desire but instead of letting frustration set in, let those desires become the fuel that drives you to attain your goals. In a merit-driven system, people are rewarded for their hard-earned results, and leaders never take credit for their subordinates’ work.”

– Tony Elumelu.

Success is not a mystery, and getting what you want is not rocket science. The problem is, many of us weren’t taught the principles or don’t apply the learnings consistently. The principles are already revealed. The best marketer, artist, innovator and leader have shared her best practices in a blog, book, podcast, or movie. The good stuff is all there, but many of us don’t pay attention to apply and prove them.

When I was working with my sister in her fast-moving consumer goods retail business, one of the most crucial lessons I learned from her is that you are responsible for your life. NOBODY will live your life for you; the first sign of adulthood is taking responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and direction. You are responsible for what you become, period.

That lesson became even clearer to me in the last year. Look around you, how many people still have their lives together? While I empathize with everyone that was adversely affected by different government-mandated measures, I am equally aware of many others who found ways and means to continue adjusting and making progress. The issues that pushed others to obscurity gave them the best time of their lives.

Here’s what I recommend for you to make 2021 your best year yet: take ownership of your reality, and give more than you take. We can blame the government, media, and big tech companies for the policies and decisions that pushed millions of people into poverty, but we can’t afford to throw in the towel and live with those actions. Smart people always find a way; when they encounter a wall, they either push it down, climb it, or stomach the pain and find ways to walk through it. The obstacle is the way!

I feel in my bones that you can make 2021 your best year yet, and I’ve predicted that this year will be a phenomenal year for African entrepreneurs. But that wouldn’t be without challenges. As countries continue to print fiat currencies and give handouts to cushion the pandemic’s impact, the chicken will eventually come home to roost. These shutdowns and restrictions in global trade wouldn’t go without more significant after-effects.

But that’s where the game begins. People who wish to make 2021 their best year understand that their results are not in the hands of any government. They have trained their eyes to look for patterns and gaps in the marketplace. They are progressively adapting to the process and shifting gears on their execution.

They know that the world gives to givers and takes from those that offset the balance. They understand that nature abhors a vacuum, and they are providing extreme values through their platforms, jobs, businesses. They are not prisoners of the “me, myself, and I” small-mindedness that tends to poverty. Instead, they are continually looking for ways to make others better than they were, improving their work, adding value at every stage of their production, and living their true identity – not faking it to make it. 

And you know these people because they don’t compete with others. No, they’ve quietened the noise of the monkey-see-monkey-do mentality around them and found ways to go beyond what everyone else is doing.

Are you that one?

Are you competing and grinding, or are you working from the point of rest and creating uncharted territories?

I’ve designed a simple checklist to help you finetune your career journey and stay on track in achieving your aspirations. If you want to get it, schedule a Strategy Session with me right away. If you need help with any career preparedness tool such as resume writing, interview prep, or need to get your business up to speed in any shape, slide into SFAN Support Studio and make your request right away!

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