New Year's Resolutions
“Have you even made a resolution?” Going back to work after the winter holidays, conversations tend to include discussions about each other’s New Year’s pledges. Bets may even be placed as to how long these optimistic declarations will last!
Although some people don’t make any resolutions at all, there are many of us who at least think about setting some type of goal at this time of year. And that’s a good thing! Setting goals, even one goal, is the first step in achieving them. As Zig Ziglar put it: “If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll probably end up somewhere you don’t’ want to be.”
The problem is, however, that many people do not follow through because their goals are not in line with who they are. We all have routines, personalities, ways of doing and thinking about things, that influence our decisions and actions. Goals that break these established patterns are often doomed to fail.
So how do we succeed? Here are a few tips to help you reach your objectives:
- First, it is important that your goals are in line with your beliefs and behaviors. It is much easier to do something that is in harmony with who you are.
- Be positive. Set goals that are about doing something, rather than not doing something. For example, “I am going to be 5 minutes early to meetings” is a more decisive and, thus, achievable goal than “I will not be late for meetings.”
- Stay positive. If you feel like you have taken a step backward, don’t beat yourself up. Setbacks are opportunities for learning and are necessary in realizing success. Be sure to set goals that are challenging but realistic.
- Commit to your goals and write them down. While you may want to keep them to yourself, create a plan with interim milestones, then share your successes and celebrate what you have accomplished along the way.
So, if you don’t have a resolution, sit yourself down and think about where you want to be by the end of the year. Nothing lost except a bit of your time, but consider how great it will feel to say “I did it!” when 2017 rolls around.