We have moved into a new month and that means a new theme for the month. We are only one month away from a new year and what better time to talk about resolutions.
Do you feel pressured to have resolutions to tackle every year?
Even if you have great intentions, how successful have you been with your resolutions beyond the first two to four weeks of the year? When you stop following through do you beat yourself up about it? And how many years have you been committing to one or more resolutions that you have not followed through with? Seems to me like that is the definition of insanity.
The success rate for resolutions is not actually that high. In an article that I am posting later this week, they highlight that only about 8% of people are actually successful with their New Year’s resolution.
And now you are feeling bad about not following through. I don’t want you to. I do want you to get excited about a different way of tackling the improvements that you want to make with your life. Let me explains how this works.
First you have to decide what areas of your life you want to tackle.
- Personal Growth
I highly recommend that you only choose 3 areas at the most. Picking more than that is too much to take on. The goal is to be successful so don’t choose more than 3.
Once you have your three areas picked it is time to set some goals. There are a lot of statistics surrounding goals too. Most people don’t set goals for themselves. There was a study that I read several years ago about Harvard graduates and why so many of them, as intelligent as they are, weren’t successful. The key to the 10% that were successful was that they actually set goals.
How do you set goals?
Well, you have to have an idea of why you picked your categories. So if you chose health and you are unhappy with your weight, maybe weight loss is your goal. Maybe under financial you want to save $500 more per month. Don’t be afraid to make the goal big. You want something to shoot for, something that pushes you forward.
Once you have your goals in place, I highly recommend you put a vision board together. Find pictures and phrases that represent your goals to you. Lay them out on the board. Decorate it and get creative with it, or make it a screen saver on your computer. You want it somewhere that you can look at it every day as a reminder of your goals and what you are shooting for.
Now that you have your goals and vision board put together, it is time to define action items for each of your goals. You will likely have several action items for each goal. You may have sub-actions for each action item. Put dates to each of your action items and put them in your calendar or your daytimer. Determine who can help you with your action items. You don’t have to be a one person show. Stay on top of them and modify them as needed.
The path to achieving a goal is not generally a straight line.
Sometimes, it is going to take a few twist and turns. You might even go a few steps backwards for a while. But, if you have chosen a goal that you are passionate about, and are motivated to achieve, you will find a way to get back on track. Your goal might even change. That’s ok too. Realize that life changes and roll with it but don’t give up. Keep moving forward and you will get there.
How do I know this works? About 5 years ago I modified my approach to my New Year’s Resolution. And it has worked so well that every year, I hold a vision board party for all of my girlfriends. We commit to our goals, define it on our boards and let that drive us to about 80% success every year. And what doesn’t happen by the end of the year usually happen the following year. The reason we are successful is because we make the commitment to ourselves and follow through on the action items needed to achieve our goals.
If you have decided you are tired of making resolutions and want to try a different approach, I encourage you to give it a go. And to help you get started, I have created a webinar to walk you through the vision board process. You can find the webinar at the following link.
Let me know how you make out. Send me a picture of your board; I’d love to see it. Clientcare@yourhealthmadesimple.com