New Years Resolutions Don't Work!
New Years resolutions don't work!
Have you had success with New Years resolutions in the past?
Most people don’t because they make wishes instead of setting goals. Setting a goal that is a huge undertaking, with no planning, is a wish. It’s likely to fall apart before Valentine's Day.
Instead of making resolutions which generally rely strictly on will power, we suggested setting specific goals with timelines.
Instead of saying "I am going to earn more money,” create a plan.
"I am going to earn $xxx in 2019. To do this i will update my resume by Jan 15, create a list of 5 prospective employers by Feb 1, apply to those companies by Feb 15”etc. Creating realistic, bite-sized tasks makes the overall goal attainable.
Instead of, "I am going to exercise more,” set a specific fitness goal.
"I am going to run 6 miles in less than an hour by the end of 2019." That is a tangible goal that you can break down into more manageable monthly goals. Month one may be as simple as run for 10 minutes twice weekly. That goal is realistic and sustainable.
Instead of, "I am going to spend more time with my family,” define how you plan on doing it.
"I am going to spend more time with my family by skipping Tuesday night happy hour to have a game night with my kids.” That task is simple and measurable. You can count how many times you have game night with your kids?
Set specific goals, and break them down into smaller tasks. The more specific the task, the easier it is to start. If you’re not sure where to start, the task is not specific enough. When you set a larger goal and break it down into small tasks you know what your are going to do and how you are going to do it.
We know you truly want to be your best. Take the time to write your goals down. Then break them down into quarterly or monthly goals.
What are you going to do today to accomplish your 2019 goal?