Is it me or is this month slipping by extremely fast? I am not even close to being prepared for the Holidays. I hope that you are still able to focus on finishing 2017 strong, despite the year end commotion. Believe me, a big finish in 2017 will lead to a strong start for 2018. This week, I am going to finish our conversation about resolutions by helping you set goals in the new year that you’ll be able to keep! Thank you for reading!
Understanding the Average Life Cycle of a Goal
To understand how to make a resolution that you’ll keep, you need to know why most people fail at keeping their commitments to themselves. Most of the time people fail at their New Year’s pledges because they choose something they don’t really want. Let’s say you set a resolution to get promoted. Sounds good right?
You’ll go to work after the new year starts, and you’ll start to buckle down. You’re going the extra mile. You are the first one there and the last one to leave. You’re already picking out the furniture for your new office. But what happens in February. It’s cold, and you don’t want to get out of bed. Then you think “I don’t have to be the first on there, nobody knows anyway.” So, you stop going in early. Then one day you’re a little tired, and you are no longer staying late. Before you know it, you’re back to your old self, and at the end of the year… you guessed it, no promotion.
Do You Really Want to Reach Your Goal?
In the example above, the resolution failed because the promotion didn’t give you enough reason to keep getting out of bed when it’s cold or to stay late when you are tired. The goal didn’t inspire you. To hold your attention and keep you interested, the goal you develop must be something that you’re passionate about. It must be something meaningful to you.
Do Your Goals Cause You to Grow?
The real purpose of a goal is to draw something out of yourself that you didn’t even know existed. When you complete a goal, you should be a different person. Most people set goals they think they can achieve. For instance, you may think “Last year I was able to improve my results by ten percent, so my goal is to do that again this year.” That goal is not a good one because you’re trying to do something you’ve already done. Set a goal to do something you’ve never done before! That is how you develop. When you are developing, you’ll feel more alive, and the process of goal achieving becomes fun!
Are Your Goals Inspirational?
Does your goal inspire you? If your goal is to improve your revenue by 5 or 10 percent, that isn’t inspiring. If you achieve that goal, will you, or anyone else, really notice? Sure, you might be a little more comfortable, but if you fall short will you take notice? Or worse yet, if you make it will there be any change to lifestyle or business capabilities? Probably not. So why work hard to get back to the same place you already are. Your goal should be inspirational. Move up and onward. So, when you accomplish your goal, you’ll look back and say “WOW! I can’t believe I did that!” When your goal inspires you, you’ll have the motivation to get out of bed on those cold winter mornings and stay at work an extra hour when you are starting to feel tired. DREAM BIG!
Do They Make You Uncomfortable?
Your resolution should make you uncomfortable. It makes sense, right? We’re setting a resolution that is going to cause us to grow and be super inspirational. We’re going to do something we’ve never done before! WOW! But then you start to think; I don’t know how I am going to do that. I’ve never done that before! You know you’re going after something huge, something inspirational, something that will cause you to grow… when you start getting uncomfortable about setting the goal. When you set the right goal, you’ll be excited, inspired, and uncomfortable at the same time. A combination of those emotions will keep you motivated through the year to accomplish your goal!
Last week we talked about goals. Hopefully, you wrote down those goals, but if you didn’t, it’s OK. Just decide now what your goals are (personal and professional) and evaluate them against the criteria we just discussed.
This week, really look at the personal and professional goals you described last week. Evaluate them against the topics in this newsletter. If they don’t cause growth, inspire you and make you feel uncomfortable at the same time, revise them to raise the bar. Do this for setting any personal and professional resolutions, and you’ll finally keep a resolution you can honor.
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