Ready to start tackling those resolutions you just set? Lose weight? Save money? Step up in your career? Invest time in family?
Oh, you didn’t make any resolutions (at least for anyone to hear)? According to leadership guru Michael Hyatt in his article “Your Best Year Ever, Without the Resolutions,” that’s actually a good move.
If you are late to the game in making your New Year’s resolutions, I have an idea for you: Don’t do it. New Year’s resolutions may be as old as the Babylonian empire, but that doesn’t mean they are very effective. Millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year, but research says most of us are wildly unsuccessful. Many of us only stick it out for a while. A quarter bomb in the first week. A third don’t make it past the first month. Fewer than half are still plugging away after six months. Fewer than 10 percent of us are actually successful.
Let’s face it. None of us wants to fail, and annual resolutions usually set us up for failure and unnecessary regret. Frankly, many of us know what success looks like in our own lives. There are usually one or two areas where we’ve genuinely hit our stride and are keeping a good pace in life.
But when it comes to the most important areas of our lives — health, family, career, finances — getting our goals right and tackling them in the most effective manner is vital to achieving that life balance that all of us crave.
Hyatt suggests a goal-setting strategy that incorporates the following five factors:
- Genuine possibility – Set goals that are achievable and don’t let doubt hinder your pursuit.
- Past experience – Get closure on past goal-setting failures and move ahead with confidence.
- Effective design – Dig deep into what you really want to accomplish and set measurable goals.
- Intrinsic motivation – Stay focused on the “why” of your goals and don’t get distracted.
- Proven tactics – Discover a process that works best for you and stick to it.
(Read Hyatt’s full article here.)
Sincerity only gets us so far when we start on a journey to achieve our goals. Reality is key, as is the determination to not let assumed limitations prevent us from our success.
While we may have faltered or even failed miserably in the past, we can begin again and take the steps that will lead to actual change. Just putting one foot in front of the other day after day in pursuit of change will build the momentum we need to achieve and, sometimes, surpass the goals we set today.
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