I recently read an interesting quotation by inspirational speaker, Michael Altshuler.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
It seemed fitting for this time of year.
Every pilot needs two things, a destination and a flight plan. According to a 2007 study conducted by author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman, only 12% of the participants successfully kept their New Year’s resolutions and achieved their goals! The other 88% knew where they wanted to go but they didn’t get there. Perhaps they didn’t have a flight plan.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year?
Whether your destination is a cleaner house, a lower number on the bathroom scale, a college degree or a new job, you need a plan.
Wiseman suggests six ways to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions:
- Be specific. Make sure your resolution has a tangible, achievable outcome.
- Write it down. Outline the small manageable steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goal.
- Make time. Establish a realistic schedule for accomplishing your goal.
- Move past doubt. Don’t listen to negative self-talk.
- Find a supportive partner, someone who will keep you accountable.
- Be still. Spend time every day doing something to relax and let go of stress.
Sounds like an excellent flight plan to me!
The flight plan is a work in progress. Right now we’re working our way through a lot of little steps while we wait for the documents that we need to apply for our visas to arrive. This morning, I made numerous calls figuring out how to suspend telephone, internet and cable TV service while we’re away and notifying our credit card companies that we’ll be out of the country. Next week we have appointments to make sure our immunizations are up-to-date and will have photos taken for the visa applications.
I’m sure the next few weeks will fly by but step-by-step, we’re getting closer to our destination!