As we enter the new year, we look at the next 365 days as a fresh slate. A new opportunity to establish personal and professional goals to achieve over the course of the year. New Year’s resolutions, developed properly and with the right mindset, can be key foundational blocks to help you grow personally and professionally. A year is a LONG time! This is one of the biggest reasons most “resolutions” fail. They are short term and many individuals are looking for a “quick fix”. Their plan lacks the substance required to overcome adversity and to stay on the path, through the many life challenges that we all face. This past year, 2020 reminded us that our lives are unpredictable and that obstacles can get in our way. It is important to remember that our focus needs to remain grounded on what we can control. We can control our mindset (how we think and face challenges) and our perspective (how we view the world around us). Together these two elements are extremely important in helping you to live happier, healthier lives and will significantly increase success in achieving your goals! .  


Here are 3 tips that you can utilize to help you prepare for setbacks, obstacles, and other challenges that you will face throughout this year in the pursuit of your personal and professional goals:


1. Establish your emotional reasoning for WHY you have set this goal and what the actual impact of the specific change will be:


This is important for a number of reasons and should be concise, written down, and visible to remind you on a regular basis. This means that you will need to challenge yourself to dive deeper and clearly define your goals. Instead of “compliment my partner on a regular basis OR lose 1lb per week OR read 1 book per month related to work etc”, replace with the specific emotional reasoning “improve relationship with partner, prevent serious illness, create security for family, etc”. This helps you develop the right mindset to create a positive attitude and drive the motivation you need to achieve your goal. With the right mindset, you will develop the ability to maintain a positive perspective when faced with external influences trying to distract you from achieving your goal. Having a deeper understanding of how your goal will impact your life will be critical to helping you enjoy the process! 


2. Develop a detailed plan and remember “it is only a thought until we take action!”  


This is your opportunity to work backwards from the end goal and establish daily and weekly actions that are necessary for you to achieve your goal. It will be important here to consider different outcomes and scenarios and how you plan to continue to persevere/adapt towards your goal. Going through the process of looking at how your plan may change throughout the year will help you keep a positive mindset and the right perspective when challenges arise. One recommendation I have, as you begin to take action, is to document your win’s on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to help reinforce that you are taking action. This will be crucial to building and maintaining confidence as adversity presents itself.  


3. Find people that share your passion for personal growth and development and spend more time with them. 

As you continue to work through your personal and professional growth, developing a network of like-minded individuals will elevate your chances of success and make the process more enjoyable. As a family at DEPTH Training, we value this resource tremendously and constantly challenge and support one another to push ourselves to achieve each individual version of personal excellence. We believe that our positive and diverse environment, combined with our daily interactions, helps to develop a positive mindset. We value the diversity of personalities and opinions, as these help to expand and improve our perspective. It is important that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond. Let’s make 2021 our best year yet and continue to support, challenge, and celebrate together!

Written by: Dave Edgeworth, Founder of DEPTH Training