#7 on my list of the Top 10 Ways to Accomplish Your New Year’s Goals and Objectives. Stay focused my friends… stay focused.

7. Listen to, but avoid the teachings of, Homer Simpson, “If something is too hard to do, it’s not worth doing.”

A big reason why most people lose site of their New Year’s resolutions by February 1 is that, more often than not, it becomes clear that accomplishing what they’ve identified is HARD and it takes a lot of work and concerted effort over a prolonged period of time.

My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, Carlson Gracie, Jr., once said about a group of my peers earning their black belts after 10 or 15 years of learning, conditioning, getting their butts handed to them, and sparring, “Here is a group of strong willed, determined practitioners who never stopped training.”

No one, and I mean no one, will clear the path for you. As Jim Rohn, the author and motivational speaker who helped launch the careers of Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, and many others once said, “You can’t hire someone else to do your push ups for you.”

If you want to achieve your stated objectives, day in and day out, YOU must do the work.