Your New Years Resolutions: Still struggling?
Every year, everybody starts talking, with great intentions and enthusiasm, about their forthcoming pledges and resolutions for the New Year. You may be among those who believe New Years resolutions are a big fat cliché, and a waste of time, and you may just be right!Who among us has made New Years Resolutions with all the best intentions, only to falter a mere 2 weeks into the new year? Which begs the question: Just how effective are these Resolutions? Is it motivating us or causing us to fail?
Studies show that the majority of people will eventually break their New Years Resolutions. Further studies also show, that the reason these New Year Resolutions fail, is that people arent backing them with Planning. It is proven, that out of the 45% of the population that makes New Years Resolutions, a mere 8% will achieve the goals they have set themselves. University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology Published: 12.13.2012
The truth is that Resolutions are hard work! Constant hard work in fact! Its not just a matter of blithely wishing things true, its about the hard slog of 12 months worth of dedication to achieve these resolutions. Your fairy godmother is not going to wave her wand and magically make you stop smoking/go on a diet/form a fantastic business/improve product quality/make new business alliances in the blink of an eye. You HAVE to work at it, and the truth is, that many of us just dont have the dedication, so we then beat ourselves up over the deemed “Failure” of our yearly resolutions.
Is it worth it? What we need to be doing, is setting ourselves achievable and measurable goals for the New Year, in a process oriented way. If there are specific things that you want to achieve during the year, make a plan and have a step by step guide in allowing you to achieve that goal. Investigate your goal and what it is going to take to make it happen, write down a process and then go and get it!
Setting yourself measurable goals doesnt have to be difficult. The more specific and process oriented these goals are, the easier it will be for you to follow the steps in achieving them. In setting yourself a goal such as “increase sales” how are you going to know if you have achieved it at the end of the year? Instead make your goal: Increase net sales for each store by at least 5% per quarter by making better use of free Social Media advertising and instore promotions. This gives you steps to follow and makes achieving your goals, a less daunting process.
Make youself accountable for these goals. Pin them on your office wall/fridge/study, so you can see them and take steps toward achieving them every day. Reflect back on your goals, adjust, re write, they are, after all your goals, and only you can be responsible for achieving them! Make this year, your best year yet!