Ready Steady. Goal!
It’s mid-January and I’m curious, just how well are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you moved from the excitement of Jan 1 and “New Year’s Resolution making season” to “New Year’s Resolution Breaking season” yet?
It always amazes me the power that the start of a new year seems to wield over us. The new year leads us to believe it’s time to create a new you. You only have to look at the gym in January, it’s jam packed with new athletes who as miraculously vanish by mid-February.
As you think about your 2015 resolutions take a moment to consider – how different are they from your 2014 resolutions? 2013 resolutions? 2012?
If there is a pattern forming then never fear. Here are five tips to ensure that your 2015 goals don’t remain a wish list but actually turn into an “I-did-it-list”. Five tips that I intend to take, not just share, and let’s compare notes in 364 days.
- Create a list of “Could Do’s” not necessarily the “Will Do’s”. – Identify areas that are important to you, e.g. health, family, work, hobbies, travel. List these items and then describe what success or good looks like in each area, what you’d like to see more of or different. Be specific as this may help you to identify and prioritize the actions you need to take. It’ll also make it easier for you to know when you have arrived!
- Create a list of “Don’t Do’s” – if you are going to embark on your “could-do’s” or “will-do’s” you’d better create some headroom. Identify those things that are no longer helping you move forward. They aren’t necessarily bad-habits, but those things you don’t enjoy, or are no longer a priority for you.
- Pick ONE thing. Too often I see people create a laundry list of things to be done, 100 things to change / improve / learn, and then wonder why they get overwhelmed. Instead I challenge you to take that list of “could do’s” and pick just ONE thing. One item you care about, are truly committed to making a new or increased part of your life. The rest will still be there, waiting for you in March, you can pick something else to add to the to-do list then.
- Choose baby-steps not giant-leaps. I have also seen people who think they should be able to “leap buildings in a single bound” and create action steps that are simply too big for the average human. Instead think of baby-steps, instead of “I’m going to go to the gym everyday” try “I’m going to work out once a week” and then DO IT. It takes about 30 days for a new habit to form and when you’re ready, add the next step, and the next. Over time you’ll pick up momentum and successfully reach your goal.
- Find an accountability partner – When making a change it is much easier to do it with someone else rather than on your own. Find yourself a “gym buddy” or equivalent. Someone who will be waiting for you at the night class, or at the gym, so you can’t skip it – as now you’d not just let yourself down.
There you have it, my five tips to set and achieve your goals. We all get 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes. How will you invest yours?