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The numbers aren’t good. In his book The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod shares 95% of New Year’s resolutions fail.


This week we’ve been exploring Trent Hamm‘s ideas around “Developing a Real Plan for a Better Life.”  

What do we do after we create our powerful personal plan for 2022? 

How do we avoid becoming part of the 95% of people who fail to achieve their goals for the coming year?

2: Two words: Miracle Morning.

I’ve written previously about this fantastic book by Hal Elrod.

My Best Life?

Get Up An Hour Earlier? Are You Nuts?

One Hour to Change My Life?


Miracle Morning Mindset

Trent recommends printing copies of our 2022 plan and placing them around our home to see it consistently. But this step by itself won’t bring our plan to life.  

Achieving our 2021 plan is about creating a new habit where we do a regular check-in with ourselves on where we stand with each of our goals and outline what we will do next and when.   

“Habits are behaviors that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously,” writes Hal. “Whether you realize it or not, your life has been and will continue to be, created by your habits. If you don’t control your habits, your habits will control you.”  

3: Many high achievers block off time first thing in the morning to set their intention for the coming day. Why does this work? Because we have the most control over the start and end of our days.

One of Hal’s suggested morning practices is journaling. Writing about our goals consistently is a straightforward and powerful practice.  

Trent suggests a similar strategy: “Each and every day, at the start of your day, look at those ten big things. Ask yourself what you can do today to move each of them forward. For example, one of my big initiatives was to meditate for ten minutes each day for the spiritual and mental benefits. Whenever I looked at my big list, I simply added “meditate” to my to-do list for the day. I thought about how it was really important to me and I blocked off time for it.”

The key, according to Trent?  

“This should not feel burdensome, but exciting (at least, that’s how it’s been for me). I usually enjoy doing those things and I feel like I’m really making my life better on the whole when I move forward on each thing.”


Reflection: For each of my 2022 goals, outline specifically what I want to achieve, how I will benefit when I achieve it, anticipate potential obstacles, and make a plan to achieve the goal.  

Action: Commit to creating a new habit to journal regularly about my 2022 goals. Make a recurring time block now.

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