11 Ways To Guarantee Success In 2011

Update: 6 Months Later – About 6 months ago I shared the post below titled 11 Ways To Guarantee Success In 2011. I always like to take a look at my progress towards outlined goals on a quarterly basis; however 6 months in, is always a great place to reflect and look ahead.  Read this post below from the perspective of the Goals, Aspirations and Plans that you had for The New Year 2011 and where you currently stand as it relates to achieving those goals. Remember No Excuses!

As each New Year approaches everyone is generally so excited, because “This is going to be the year that {fill-in-the-blank} happens.”  Fitness Center memberships are off the chart, people want to stop smoking, go to school, get a better job, go to church, get involved, manage their money better and the “Self-Help/Life-Improvement” list goes on and on.  All of these things are great and well intentioned; the problem is they don’t last.

The quote, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is definitely applicable when it comes to this time of year and New Year’s Resolutions.  According to the research from Proactive Change, nearly 50% of American Adults will make at-least 1 New Years resolutions and the majority of these resolutions won’t be maintained for more than 30 days.  The study also shows that 75% of the resolutions will be broken in the first week and by the end of the year 97% of New Years Resolutions won’t be kept.

Personally, I have set many goals for this year and the majority of them revolve these two words: “No Excuses.” I really believe that 2011 is going to be the year of BIG things happening, No Settling, No Excuses! Not only is it going to be “A BIG Year” for me, but I believe it can be “A BIG Year” for you as well.  Here are 11 Ways To Guarantee Success In 2011:

  • 1. Put God First- Seek Him, Read His Word, Pray, Serve, Give, Listen to God’s Whispers…
  • 2. Make Family a Top Priority– This should be a “No Brainer,” unfortunately it’s often neglected.  Involve your family, make time for your family, have a family night… Be The Family!  Gather together and set individual and family goals for 2011.
  • 3. Set SMART Goals– Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based.  There are variations of this Acronym, click here for more.
  • 4. Simplify- Stop making things so difficult, do what’s right and do what’s necessary.
  • 5. Don’t Talk About It… Be About It- If you say that you’re going to do something, Do It!
  • 6. Get Accountability– Share your goals, visions and desires with someone and ask them to hold you accountable.  Don’t just ask them for accountability, let them truly hold you accountable.
  • 7. Assessment– Re-valuate and assess the status of the various aspects of your life.  Evaluate monthly and make necessary adjustments at-least quarterly.
  • 8. Try Something New- Get out of your comfort zone and try something, do something and fail at something.  Life is change and Failure is inevitable.
  • 9. Just Say No– Not only should you say “No” to drugs but there are plenty of things that you have said “Yes” to in the past, that you need to say “No” to in the future.
  • 10. dream BIG. think BIGGER.– My blog and overall life tag-line is “dream BIG. think BIGGER.”  Thinking is the next step after dreaming and is the action of making your dreams reality.
  • 11. No Excuses – “No Excuses!” is my motto for 2011, you should make it yours. I wrote a blogpost about No Excuses, click here to read it.

One thing that you can definitely guarantee is this: “If you aim at nothing, you are guaranteed to hit it.”

2011 is going to be “The Year of No Excuses!”  I’m expecting BIG things for 2011, how about you? Share your thoughts, goals, resolutions, strategies, failures…

  • Allen DiStefano

    Thanks Scott. I’m sharing some of this with my team. Run after it in the New Year!

    • Scott Williams

      Great allen, I hope all is well. Let me know when you want to come to oklahoma.

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  • Great stuff, Scott. Thanks for inspiring me today to think and dream bigger. Here’s to a great 2011.

    • Scott Williams

      Thx for the comment… same to you

  • Thanks Scott! This is an AWESOME list! Adding it to my bookmarks so I can remind myself frequently throughout 2011! Happy New Year to you!

    • Scott Williams

      I have to do the same thing. follow-up is key

  • Thanks for sharing these ways to be successful in 2011. I like them all. Need to work on some of them.

    • Scott Williams

      Praying for laser focus for your 2011

  • Awesome. Already planned to do a few of the things you listed, may need to add a few more (need to work on the simplify and say no). I have decided I need to be patient in 2011. I tend to want ministry to change quick, fast and in a hurry. Have decided to stop trying to do that and let God lead the way. Where ever he wants me is where I will be.

    • Scott Williams

      Amen and Amen

  • this is so worth reading and i will be passing this link along. thanks scott! go win!

    • Scott Williams

      Thx heady… I love your “Go Win!”

  • Wowow! Pastor Scott! This is great info sir! This has really helped me. I’m definitely a victim to these actions. “No Excuses”, I’m going to join you with that motto for 2011 and beyond. Thank you for your obedience in writing this blog! God Bless you! I’m thinking BIGGER Now!

    • Scott Williams

      #FistBump and Thanks for the kind words.

  • Thanks for the encouragement Scott!

    Pastor Derwin

    • Scott Williams

      I always appreciate your encouragement… Thx for your friendship

  • marco cosimi


    Ho letto solo il titolo.
    E’ demenziale! Impossibile non divertirsi a rispondere:
    Sono indispensabili dei prerequisiti.
    -cos’è il successo ?
    -cos’è l’insuccesso ?
    – è il successo un fatto relativo od assoluto ?

    Vi invio l’invito che è in allegato: può migliorare il vostro successo, se non altro non è tempo perso: sono solo 2 ore…….

  • Great post! Thanks for sharing…#1, #5, and #11 do a great “sandwich” job (like a Big Mac)…those are the pieces holding the meat (the other points) together. Happy Successful New Year!

    • Scott Williams

      Maybe I will do a midyear Big Mac post. 🙂

  • Thanks Scott great post!

    These are the things that I base my life and business on. If anyone wants help sticking to their goals, drop me a line and we can chat.


  • Getting ready for vacation. I’m actually going to take some time to review and write down some things I’ve accomplished the last couple of years. I love creating goals but I never have taken the time to celebrate them. Good mid year check up!

  • i needed this today. thank you, scott.

  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is definitely applicable
    when it comes to this time of year and New Year’s Resolutions.

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