Turning resolutions into reality – a 5 step process

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I have already heard a lot of New Year’s resolutions or wishes for something better to happen. Sadly most of those wishes are exactly that and have already been discarded even though the person who made them really did want some change to happen. Maybe they didn’t actually know how to make something happen and hoped that luck would intervene. So we thought we would do a quick “learning and Leadership” blog this week – here is a 5 step process to turn your resolutions into reality. This is the one we use.

Dream     Goal     Strategy     Action     Persist

That’s it – simple, yes? Well not that simple but worthwhile when you get the results you want. Let’s open up each section a bit more:-

  1. Dream. As American speaker and leader Skip Ross puts it – “Get a clear mental picture of what you want, fill it with emotion and hang on” It all starts with the dream, that vision of what you want. We encourage everyone to turn their dream into a visible picture, a drawing or something you can look at every day to remind and motivate you for what you want. I have posted our old one as the image with this post – our 2015 Vision is nearly complete.
  2. Goal. The English phrase reads “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Very true and neither are our dreams. Break it down into manageable specific attainable pieces, set a timeline for their achievement. Then write down your goals and timelines and review them regularly alongside your dream. 
  3. Strategy. I love the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Most people think it’s about making money. You can interpret it that way but the key emphasis is on the “Think” component. Most people think more about how they are going to get to their holiday destination than how they are going to make their lives more of what they want. Think, plan, brainstorm and come up with a strategy to make your goals reality. 
  4. Action. Having a great plan is nice but unless you take that first step, nothing will happen. Sometimes it’s scary, right? Feel the fear and do it anyway. That’s growing. Get someone to help you or hold you accountable. Take the first small step. Do it NOW! 
  5. Persist. How often do we hear the comment “Oh, I tried that last month, but it didn’t work!” Well try again and again until it does work. If your plan is realistic and attainable then keep going until. Roadblocks will appear, difficulties will arise – it’s a guarantee for any good project. As Winston Churchill famously said to a graduating class at Oxford University “Never give up”.


We can’t wait to hear your stories as we keep sharing our progress here on a weekly basis. Remember you are good enough, you deserve success and you can do it! If I didn’t believe that, this blog would never have happened! Happy 2012!

By | 2017-10-12T11:41:12+00:00 January 7th, 2012|Learning, Sustainability|9 Comments


  1. Armi Niemi January 8, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

    I enjoyed reading your post. It’s very inspiring! I’ll bookmark it and return to it whenever in doubt 🙂

    • David January 8, 2012 at 5:28 am - Reply

      Thank you Armi for visiting and your kind words. Look forward to reading your story.

  2. Jenny January 8, 2012 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Thanks for the reminder! I know many ‘wishers,’ and I know all too well what it’s like to be one. Making a concerted effort to change…

    • David January 8, 2012 at 5:27 am - Reply

      Thanks, Jenny. It can be done! I hope you come back and tell us what and with whom!!

  3. Mikayla January 8, 2012 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! In my opinion, ACTION and PERSIST are where people fail the most. We can have the best intentions in the world, but if we don’t take action and keep pushing forward each day toward that goal, it usually doesn’t happen.

    • David January 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you Mikayla for your comments. I am trying to remember who makes the best comments about this area but it goes something like this…”Daily deliberate action”. Hopefully if our dreams are really big enough, then it will pull and inspire us every day to do a little something extra….good luck.

  4. Bev January 8, 2012 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Persist is what I keep telling myself – so thanks for the reinforcement! Like your post – thanks!!!

    • David January 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Bev. All the comments here help us too to push on to the next exciting stage.

  5. Catoectubboff January 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

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