Reflect. Usually, people are so anxious to get a clean slate to start the year, they jump straight to what they want to do, says Robbins. But first you need to complete the lessons from the year that’s just passed. She has an end-ofyear ritual with her husband, at their favourite restaurant. ‘We go through the year, through business, our family, our marriage and our personal goals.’ They look at what they said they’d do, and at what they did achieve. Only after that do they talk about their plans and goals. ‘I find it to be a very powerful exercise because I’m often surprised by what actually got done,’ she says.
Set your goals backwards. ‘Pick a date in time, explain what you’re going to do and work backwards in terms of the actions you need to take.’ 3 Use the Progress Principle: doing something towards a goal every day. It can be something as small as a phone call or prepping one healthy meal. ‘Research shows this increases the rate of actually completing the action from 43% to 76%. 4 Count down! Once you’ve set your goals, at every moment when you have a choice whether to go towards them or not, use The 5 Second Rule. And have a very Happy New Year.