In this post you’ll learn how to change your life for the better in 90 days. We’ll show you how to use an effective 3 stage change technique, you’ll get to watch Tom Mendoza’s video all about positively changing your life and we’ll leave you with some fab inspirational quotes about making change to leave you warm, fuzzy and ready for action. Join us to learn all about how to change your life completely.
Positive Visualisation Exercise
Stop for a moment, close your eyes and imagine what your life would be like if you had changed your life in 90 days from now. Maybe your considering creating a healthier lifestyle, becoming happier? Changing your thoughts so that you can change your life? or maybe you want to completely change your life? Create a mental picture as though you have made those changes already. What are the benefits? How different do you feel? What other challenges might you be starting to think about sinking your teeth into? What are friends, family and colleagues noticing about you now? Have you got your mojo back? Pretty awesome right?
In this post you’re going to learn how to do just that. Here’s how to change your life.
How to make positive changes in your life
’90 – day goals changed my life’ says Tom Mendoza, vice chairman of NetApp. Tom hit on the idea of 90 day goals back in 1989 and has achieved fantastic results using and sharing his goal setting process ever since.
How can I change my life and be happy?
Tom’s first tip:
1) be specific and include outcomes in your goal
2) set a deadline for achieving your goal
3) write your goal down
Need more info at this stage? Take a look at this earlier post, Four Steps to Successful Goal Setting
Why 90 days for change goal setting?
This is where Tom’s advice moves away from the mainstream on goal setting. Most techniques advise setting deadlines for goals but don’t specify timeframes.
Tom found that when he set himself six monthly deadlines, he waited until the last 90 days to actually start work on his goals. Imposing a 90-day deadline meant the goal was a top priority for the whole 90 days. A 90-day goal allows no time for procrastination and means you get started on your goal now.
Set three personal and three professional change goals
We really like this tip! It encourages an integrated approach to life and contributes to the bigger picture. When we achieve goals we feel good, when we feel good it shows and others notice our confidence, assuming we have something to be confident about! Tom describes this as a personal feedback loop that will create lasting, positive change.
What can you do to stretch yourself and feel good in your 90 change days?
Tom suggests we keep our personal goals, well, personal. Don’t share these three personal goals, they are for you to ask what you can do to really stretch yourself over the next 90 days.
Share your three professional change goals
Whereas your three personal 90-day goals will be private, your professional goals are for sharing. Sharing can help hold you accountable. But Tom pushes past just using this as an accountability technique by asking his boss and team how they’d feel if he achieved his goal in 90 days. He uses their feedback to sharpen his goals before he gets to work on them.
Three steps once you have your six goals
1. Set aside your goals for 24 hours and then return to them and ask,
2. Will I be proud of myself when I’ve achieved this goal?
3. Prioritise your goals. Place action times in your diary for working on goals. Make sure these appointments are never broken, they are your highest priority.
And after 90 days?
Tom recommends this process for ongoing motivation, at the end of 90 days you have an achievement to feel proud of. The process enables an increase in self belief and develops higher expectations for future achievements. Every 90 days is an opportunity to aim higher.
Like to know more? Watch this video that will change your life
Tom Mendoza’s ‘Tom Talks’ 90-day goals video:
Change Your life Quotes
And if you need a little more inspiration we’ve got you covered with some quotes about change and growth just for you.
“A year from now you’ll wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
– Wayne Gretzky
“Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.”
– David Brinkley
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” -Nelson Mandela
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” -Zig Ziglar
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