Resolutions are common this time of year. But, resolutions may not the best way to set goals. Resolutions are usually all or nothing. This is usually not the best way to approach growth. Growth doesn’t happen over happen overnight. But rather bit by bit. Because of this, resolutions don’t usually work. According to studies, only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions.
Resolutions are fun to make! They promise a New Year, New Me! I tend to be all-or-nothing when it comes to changing habits so I know the draw to hard and fast resolutions. I like to use the excuse of “not wanting to be tempted” if I decide to wean off a habit. But the problem with this attitude is that it leaves no room for error. One slip up and you’re faced with failure and possible disappoint. Over the past year I’ve changed my mentality from all-or-nothing to progress. It’s not been easy, but I see the difference. I’m seeing results, plus it’s a LOT less stressful.
Goals Over Resolutions
The new year makes everything feel fresh. The reality is that you can start fresh every day. Actually, you can start a change whenever you want. Just because you had a crappy breakfast doesn’t mean you can’t turn it around for lunch. The key to progress is to set goals and be flexible about them. Being flexible isn’t a bad thing. So, how we set these goals instead of resolutions???
- Set Goals: It’s important to set a goal. Without this, you won’t have a blueprint to follow. Your goal can be anything; run faster, lose weight, read more, sleep more, anything.
- Measure: The goal should be measurable, have a number attached to it. Sure, “running faster” sounds great. But HOW fast? Having a number to shoot for makes it easier to visualize meeting your goal.
- Realistic: Your goal needs to be realistic. You can’t expect lose 50 pounds in a month. An attainable goal gets you excited about progress.
- Give it Time: Patience is a virtue! Progress isn’t always a straight line. You may have days/weeks where it feels as though your regressing. The key is to trend in the right direction of your goal.
- Deadline: This one may sound like a contradiction to being patient. Even though you’re patient, you still want to give yourself a deadline. Whether that deadline is one or five years from now, having one gives you a date to work towards.
- Accountability: Share! Anyone can keep you accountable. By using social media, you can have all of your followers keep you accountable by simple posting your goal. The mere act of making something public makes you want to stick to it.
- Commitment: Schedule your tasks. If you don’t make time for the important tasks, it’ll be highly unlikely that you’ll reach your goal.
What goals are you setting for 2018? By sharing your goal, you’ll remain accountable. Come back often to share your progress. By doing so, you’ll motivate others.