How did you start into the New Year?
Did you make some New Years Resolutions? If yes, you are in good company. According to statistics 45 % of Americans and 32% of Brits are making New Years Resolutions, I am sure it’s a similar percentage for other countries.
Every year when the old year comes to an end and the new year is within reach, we automatically start to think how we want to everything be so much better next Year. How we finally will
But when we check the statistics again, we see that unfortunately most of us don’t keep these resolutions up very long. In fact 25% abandon their resolution after just one week! And as I wrote about in my post “5 Tips on how to implement a Budget” only 44% are still hanging in there six months later. Life happens and we get busy and forget all about it.
But what to do instead? Is it ok to just drift through the days, weeks, months and years without any aspirations?
I don’t think this is in our nature either. We love to dream and make plans and we get disappointed or even frustrated when we once again look back and realize we haven’t made much progress.
So instead of setting New Years resolutions it might be better to set goals:
A goal is a desired result that we wish to achieve
while a resolution is a decision we make and try to keep.
(check out this page for a more detailed discussion about the difference between resolutions and goals)
The problem with resolutions is that they are often too general and vague. A goal can and will support your resolution if it is set right and most importantly measured. Just like resolutions we can’t just make up goals over Champaign on New Year’s Eve and then hope and pray for the best. Instead try this:
I think the fifth point is where most people fail (and I am no exception) and that’s why we often don’t achieve our goals and therefore, our resolutions. You may have heard the saying “What gets measured gets done”. So make sure you check in regularly with your goals and review how you are doing.
Ask yourself the following questions:
So if you have set some New Year’s resolutions, consider to change them into goals, s.m.a.r.t. goals that is, work on achieving these goals and don’t forget to regularly review them.
Some people suggest you should tell the world about your resolutions or goals so you feel like you have to do them now. But this might be contra-productive as Derek Sivers pointed out in this 3-minute short and to the point TED Talk from 2010:
The second and important factor to be aware of:
Mercury Retrograde began yesterday and is going on till January 25th, 2016. This is a time where technology breaks down, you lose items, you are late or your travels delay, arguments arise out of nowhere, and you make mistakes easy. This is not a time to make important decisions and/or sign important contracts. After January 25th, when Mercury goes direct again, you will have a better chance of success in all areas, including working on and achieving your goals.
Instead, use these 3 weeks to clean up unfinished business, de-clutter your business, your office and your computer. Make room in your life and calendar to work full throttle on your goals after the 25th.
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