How to Make 2019 the Year Where Focusing on Less Achieves More


If you haven’t achieved all you set out to do in 2018, rather than launching head first into a new year, take some time out to reflect on how you approached last year and what improvements you could make to achieve more in 2019.  

There are many studies that show people who often make new year’s resolutions…don’t achieve them.  One reason is, many people attempt to achieve too much and end up achieving little to nothing. There are other factors and these are covered in my success critical DO’S and DON’TS. 
As you read through the don’ts, if you find yourself saying “Geez that’s me!” don’t worry it’s not a bad thing; it actually means you have the self-awareness to recognise where you've been limiting yourself.

If you achieved everything you wanted in 2018 approach this do and don’ts list like a student of life, that way your mind will remain open to new ideas and possibly better ways of living and being to experience greater happiness!

Do's

  1. Do choose your most desired goal (start with one)
  2. Do research – find out what you need to know and do, to achieve it
  3. Do write out a plan and make sure you insert short term and long term rewards.
  4. Do get a support group and a coach so you’re held accountable by someone who understands what it takes and has helped others reach their goals, even if it is just to get you started.
  5. Do keep a journal to track your progress – download the Optimism Journal Starter guide – it’s free
  6. Do manage your mindset every day – get started by reading Everyday Miracle Maker
  7. Do enjoy the rewards you promised yourself and others, these reinforce success to your unconscious mind which instructs it at a deep level that this is the kind of success you want more of.
  8. Do reflect back on your successes, challenges and learnings and write about them in your journal and use those insights to better inform the days and weeks ahead, if your goal takes more than a year to achieve.

Don'ts

The Wrong Thing
This is the goal you chose because you thought you should or someone whose opinion you value told you that you should. You wanted to achieve it… but couldn’t stay pumped about it. Your enthusiasm and energy to work on it came in fits and bursts and all of a sudden it was December 2018 and you weren’t where you hoped you’d be :-(

The Bean Stalk

You started out with one or two achievable goals in 2018 but then you got over excited and decided there were other things you wanted or needed in your life the same year. Your goal list grew and grew until overwhelm and stress set in and you could no-longer see the end in sight and felt paralysed to keep taking action.

The Miss Daisy

Your normal working speed is akin to a 1949 Hudson Commodore in Driving Miss Daisy and there is nothing wrong with that, knowing your speed is central to the completion expectations you put on yourself – don't confuse this with procrastination. Yet you set yourself deadlines that could only be met if you worked like a Formula 1 Ferrari. As you fell behind rather than reviewing and setting more realistic deadlines, you heaped on the pressure and forgot results matter more than speed.

The Grinch

You set yourself a desire and you achieved it (woohoo) but when it came time to recognising your hard work and giving yourself that well earned reward whether it was a celebration with your nearest and dearest or buying yourself that reward, you morphed into the Grinch and spent nothing and did nothing with no-one. This opportunity to train your unconscious mind that success brings rewards that you want more of was lost.

The Excuser

You did all the research and planning to achieve your most ambitious desire in 2018. There were lots of days you needed a pep talk, short cuts to save you time and energy, guidance to help you keep your self talk optimistic and having someone to talk to that was on your side. But rather than getting the support you needed, you gave yourself a range of excuses why you couldn’t afford to get any help to make your biggest dream come true.

YOU CAN DO THIS

How less becomes more. Consider choosing your single biggest desire or need for 2019 and commit to focusing on achieving just that. When you're focused on just one thing most of your energy and attention will be directed toward it and you’re more likely to gain traction and wins will follow. When you're winning in one area of your life, it energises the ‘I CAN DO THIS’ power within you, which spills over unconsciously into other desires you have energising them to progress without you working them directly, weird I know but it does happen!

Commit to making 2019 the year you focus on less and achieve more!

Silvana La Pegna – Self Development Coach


If you haven’t achieved all you set out to do in 2018, rather than launching head first into a new year, take some time out to reflect on how you approached last year and what improvements you could make to achieve more in 2019.  

There are many studies that show people who often make new year’s resolutions…don’t achieve them.  One reason is, many people attempt to achieve too much and end up achieving little to nothing. There are other factors and these are covered in my success critical DO’S and DON’TS. 

As you read through the don’ts, if you find yourself saying “Geez that’s me!” don’t worry it’s not a bad thing; it actually means you have the self-awareness to recognise where you've been limiting yourself.

If you achieved everything you wanted in 2018 approach this do and don’ts list like a student of life, that way your mind will remain open to new ideas and possibly better ways of living and being to experience greater happiness!

Do's

  1. Do choose your most desired goal (start with one)
  2. Do research – find out what you need to know and do, to achieve it
  3. Do write out a plan and make sure you insert short term and long term rewards.
  4. Do get a support group and a coach so you’re held accountable by someone who understands what it takes and has helped others reach their goals, even if it is just to get you started.
  5. Do keep a journal to track your progress – download the Optimism Journal Starter guide – it’s free
  6. Do manage your mindset every day – get started by reading Everyday Miracle Maker
  7. Do enjoy the rewards you promised yourself and others, these reinforce success to your unconscious mind which instructs it at a deep level that this is the kind of success you want more of.
  8. Do reflect back on your successes, challenges and learnings and write about them in your journal and use those insights to better inform the days and weeks ahead, if your goal takes more than a year to achieve.

Don'ts

The Wrong Thing
This is the goal you chose because you thought you should or someone whose opinion you value told you that you should. You wanted to achieve it… but couldn’t stay pumped about it. Your enthusiasm and energy to work on it came in fits and bursts and all of a sudden it was December 2018 and you weren’t where you hoped you’d be :-(

The Bean Stalk

You started out with one or two achievable goals in 2018 but then you got over excited and decided there were other things you wanted or needed in your life the same year. Your goal list grew and grew until overwhelm and stress set in and you could no-longer see the end in sight and felt paralysed to keep taking action.

The Miss Daisy

Your normal working speed is akin to a 1949 Hudson Commodore in Driving Miss Daisy and there is nothing wrong with that, knowing your speed is central to the completion expectations you put on yourself – don't confuse this with procrastination. Yet you set yourself deadlines that could only be met if you worked like a Formula 1 Ferrari. As you fell behind rather than reviewing and setting more realistic deadlines, you heaped on the pressure and forgot results matter more than speed.

The Grinch

You set yourself a desire and you achieved it (woohoo) but when it came time to recognising your hard work and giving yourself that well earned reward whether it was a celebration with your nearest and dearest or buying yourself that reward, you morphed into the Grinch and spent nothing and did nothing with no-one. This opportunity to train your unconscious mind that success brings rewards that you want more of was lost.

The Excuser

You did all the research and planning to achieve your most ambitious desire in 2018. There were lots of days you needed a pep talk, short cuts to save you time and energy, guidance to help you keep your self talk optimistic and having someone to talk to that was on your side. But rather than getting the support you needed, you gave yourself a range of excuses why you couldn’t afford to get any help to make your biggest dream come true.

YOU CAN DO THIS

How less becomes more. Consider choosing your single biggest desire or need for 2019 and commit to focusing on achieving just that. When you're focused on just one thing most of your energy and attention will be directed toward it and you’re more likely to gain traction and wins will follow. When you're winning in one area of your life, it energises the ‘I CAN DO THIS’ power within you, which spills over unconsciously into other desires you have energising them to progress without you working them directly, weird I know but it does happen!

If you’re wondering… How to know if what you desire to achieve in 2019 is right for you?

Commit to making 2019 the year you focus on less and achieve more!

Silvana La Pegna – Self Development Coach

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