Hello SOTGC community,
As we start the New Year, we all want to make New Year’s resolutions. You start out super excited, and, if you are like most, by the middle of March you are off track. You might even have to ask yourself – “Resolutions, What?” Or better yet: “Forget it, it is way too hard.” And you continue as you did the year prior. You justify it by saying it is only a resolution.
But resolutions are good to make and, if possible, stick to. They are new goals or sometimes goals we had the year prior, but they are something that we strive for. As humans, we operate best when we have goals and priorities that we can reach for. Points to move us forward. Otherwise, life becomes boring and you do the same thing, year after year. When you challenge yourself, you push yourself forward, learning and growing along the way. Reaching for a new goal makes you stronger and eventually happier as you see progress in yourself.
Yes, you get stuck—because you are asking your brain to learn something new, and it is easy to be lazy. Learning to go out of your comfort zone and routine takes you on a new path. Most of us want to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Whether they are work-related or personal, you know that if you hold on to the resolutions and goals, you will be better and stronger.
In order to help you forge ahead with your resolutions, look at them differently. Try new ways to approach them. This way, when you reach the middle of the year, you will feel proud of your accomplishments and changes you have made. When 2017 rolls around, you can start with fresh new resolutions.
Don’t Climb the Mountain, Take a Step. The reason you often don’t complete or start your resolutions is because you make them too lofty. When you sit down to create your resolutions, first think realistically, then what’s achievable, and lastly, dream. Start small and climb only the first step on the path to reach your goals. By taking one step at a time, you gain confidence to climb two more steps. Before you know it, you have reached the mountain.
Resolutions are not meant for Jan 1 Only. They are meant to have a Life Cycle. Don’t make resolutions once a year. Set yourself up to make quarterly resolutions. Yes, it is a tradition to say, what is your New Year’s Resolution? But, who says it has to be just at the start of the New Year? Relook at your New Year’s Resolutions each quarter. Gauge how you are doing. Add new ones and delete some that no longer serve you. Resolutions are only goal markers that help you along a path to move you forward.
When you make your resolutions, write them down but also draw a picture or cut a photo from a magazine and place it next to each one. See it, Feel it, Do it. Connect your emotions to the goal. According to a Harvard study, when participants wrote their goals down they were more likely to achieve them and they were more successful in the end. Most people like lists and do well when they can check things off the list.
Set realistic as well as dream resolutions. Dreaming Big is great and we should all do it. But start to tier your resolutions. Have a short-term resolution. Maybe something that you can start right away. Then have a mid-range resolution, which you can start within three months. Perhaps you complete it or it is a continuing goal. Lastly, a long and loftier resolution. This one takes a lot of work and perseverance. It is like the mountain. You really want it and you are determined to complete it. It may take you nine to 12 months but each week you chip away at it.
Your resolutions should reflect different areas of your life. Make a personal one, a health goal, a career, and a family and friends resolution. As an example, your personal goal may be to take French lessons so you can learn and grow. For your health goal, you may want to go to the gym at least three times a week. For your career resolution, maybe it is about going to the boss each day and interacting on a personal and business level. For your friends and family, perhaps you want to reach out to an old friend or family member whom you have not spoken to in a while. Try and connect to one new person each month. Remember, connection is the sign of a great leader.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Look back to the first week of January. Did you write them down? Is there a picture next to each one? Let me and the SOTGC readers know how you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Please share any tips that you may have. Thank you as always for reading. Happy New Year!