Making Your New Years Resolutions Stick
Well, it’s that time again when many plan to start the New Year with amazing intentions. You’ll often find yourself with a long list of resolutions that invariably get shelved the minute you get back to work after the holidays. If you’re really going well, perhaps you will still be striving towards one or two goals by February, but shortly after you’ll likely forget what your resolutions were altogether. So how do you make sure that your resolutions stick in 2017? Start here.
Set SMART resolutions
Chances are, if your resolutions involve winning the lottery or losing 30kg without exercise, then you’re probably setting yourself up to fail. We recommending implementing the SMART criteria here, ensuring your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (or your preferred variation of the acronym).
Whether your goal is to finish your MBA, save up for a new house, spend more time with your family or even run a half-marathon – run it through the SMART criteria to help plan how you’re going to get there.
Less is more
If you have an A4 page of New Year’s resolutions, then it’s going to be difficult to find your focus and you’ll likely become overwhelmed. The rule of less is more applies in this instance. Brainstorm your list of resolutions, and then prioritise. A top three is a good choice, but just one is even better!
Share it with your support network
It’s easy to think that you’re going to earn a promotion or save for a holiday of a lifetime, but until you actually communicate it to those who you value most, it will be easy to lose accountability. Share your resolutions with your friends and family where suitable, and let your support network actually support you in achieving your goals.
Commit and be positive
If you’re not 100% committed to your goals, it’s unlikely you’ll be driven to achieve them. Maintain a positive mindset, believe in yourself, and only pursue what you’re absolutely passionate about. Otherwise, you’ll be diverted from your resolutions faster than you can say “Happy New Year”.
Resolution all year round
Why wait for the New Year to kick-start your resolutions? Take control of your life all year round. If you want to make changes, set your goals now and start working towards them sooner rather than later. Pursue your entrepreneurial goals if you’ve always dreamed of something more, get fit if that’s what you would like to do, and spend more time with your family on weekends if it’s what your heart desires. New Year’s resolutions are somewhat ‘trendy’ but having a vision and setting goals for your career and life just makes good sense, doesn’t it?
What do you think?
Are you an expert at seeing your resolutions and goals through to fruition? Whether they’ve been professional or personal goals, how did you persevere?
This article was written by Ellenor Day-Lutz on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.