Four December Action Steps to Spur Success in 2018 – #TomFerryShow

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I want 2018 to be your breakthrough year.

That won’t happen by simply showing up on January 2, hoping it turns into a great year.

It requires preparation.

In that spirit, I’m sharing four actions to take in December that will put you on track for success in 2018.

Let’s go!

Action Step #1: Identify Your 3 Most Important Goals

I want you to ask yourself what would make 2018 your best year ever? List as many goals as you want, but make it at least three.

Make sure they are specific and measurable… you need to define “how much” and “by when.”

Why am I asking you this?

Because the most successful people on the planet know exactly what they want AND why they want it.

Once you determine your goals, share them!

With your coach.

With the people you love.

With the people on your team.

With your broker and/or manager.

Build in that accountability and make sure your goals are up and visual.


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Action Step #2: Modernize Your Mindset

Are you operating from a “now” mindset…

Or by an old-school thought process?

Let me explain:

Back in the day, we were all told you have to DO the work…

…before you can HAVE the rewards.

And then once you HAVE the reward…

…you can BE happy.

DO > HAVE > BE. Sounds logical enough, right?

But who says you have to wait? What if you flip it?

When you modernize your mindset, you’ll achieve your goals much faster:


In this new model, you make a decision to act as if you already are “BE”-ing who you want to be. When you operate from this perspective, you naturally DO things differently.

When you DO things differently, you can HAVE the rewards. You can HAVE the business you desire. You can HAVE the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

As we head into 2018, I encourage you to leave DO > HAVE > BE in your rear-view mirror and operate from a BE > DO > HAVE mindset. (I currently have “BE > DO > HAVE” written in huge letters on the wall of my office!)


Action Step #3: Write a Letter From “Future You”

I just asked you to modernize your mindset. But for this next one, I’m going to ask you to throw it back “old skool.” That’s right, grab a pen and paper and get away from the computer for this exercise.

With that pen and paper, I want you to write a letter to yourself dated December 31, 2018. Here’s the catch: You must write it from the perspective that all of your goals have been achieved.

In that letter, explain where you’re at and how you got there.

Describe it all in rich detail…

  • How you achieved your goals.
  • What you learned along the way.
  • What dragons you had to slay on your journey. (You know there will be some challenges.)

Get specific and paint yourself that picture!

Where are you on December 31, 2018? Who’s with you? What does that sunset look like reflecting on the West Maui mountains (or wherever you want to be)? What are you feeling?

Here’s why this is an extremely valuable exercise:

When you visualize your success, it not only makes the pursuit more meaningful, but also makes the journey easier.

Olympic athletes use this technique all the time. Michael Phelps talks of visualizing his races countless times BEFORE he ever hit the water. Once he dove in the pool, he’d already completed the race hundreds of times in his head, mentally preparing him for the real thing. There’s no reason you shouldn’t do the same.

The final piece of this exercise is still more than a year away. Once you complete your letter, tuck it away somewhere but make a note to remind yourself to read it on December 31, 2018.


Action Step #4: Clean Your Closets (Literally and Figuratively)

Do you want to step into 2018 weighed down by a bunch of useless baggage?

I didn’t think so.

So get rid of it.

Clear new space, physically and mentally for 2018.

Declutter your house and office.

Clean out your closets.

Clean up your files and trash the ones you no longer need.

Throw out your old goal boards and make new ones for 2018.

Schedule time for all of this or else it’s not going to happen.

Trust me… You’ll feel so much better when you get rid of the clutter and open up that space in your life and business for something new.


Together, these four actions will help you achieve clarity of what you want in 2018 and put you in the right state of mind to move into the New Year ready to conquer the world.


How many of them will you commit to? Who’s gonna do all four? Let me know in the comments below!



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