The Five Step Strategy for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions: Desires, Goals, Action, and Accountability Creates Progress
Everybody makes New Year’s Resolutions. Yet, they mean very little without definitive goals, objectives, consistent action, and accountability for achieving them. In fact, New Year’s Shmew Year’s resolutions can really just be a run-of-the-mill statement that traditionally proceeds Christmas. Don’t get me Happy new year GIFs animation 2022 wrong, I’m as festive and positive of a person as anybody out there. Yet, I know that like any goals, New Year’s resolutions take much more than an “I want to_____in 2012” statement to be fulfilled. That’s why I endeavored to create for you a simple strategy to achieve your goals in 2012 and beyond. Following these steps will help you get out of complacency and procrastination and into progress and productivity. That said, do you want to reach your goals in 2012? If so, read further…
The Five Step Strategy
So, here’s what I want you to do:
Step One: Define Your New Year’s Resolution or Mission
First, create or think of your New Year’s resolution? If you don’t have one, just think of something you want to achieve this year that will make your life better. Keep it simple: one sentence should suffice. You need to stay focused on a specific resolution. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for distraction, overload, doubt, and failure. Once you have defined your resolution in a precise sentence, write it down somewhere prominently displayed (Ex. Bathroom mirror, etc.). Make sure it’s readily available for your eyes to look at every single day. Also, give the resolution a sense of urgency. For example, trick your mind into believing that you have to achieve it or else the world will end. Actually, you should think of something a little more realistic other than the world ending, but no less urgent. For instance, say to yourself you have to do it because your family’s wellbeing depends on it. Doing so will subconsciously cause you to think about the importance of your resolution and place the resolution high on your priority list. Not only that, you will begin to think of plans and things you have to do to fulfill the resolution.
Step Two: Assess Your Burning Desire
Second, ask yourself whether you really, really, really, really, have a desire to achieve that resolution. If you do, I now ask you: Do you really have a desire to achieve that resolution? Why? What will happen to your life if you achieve the resolution? How will you feel? In what position will you be if you achieve it? Why is this resolution really important to you? Once you effectively answer those, and similar questions, you may decide to continue reading. But be warned… you will be moving from the realm of freedom and into realm of personal responsibility and commitment. Do you really want to go? If so, read further…
Step Three: Define Your Goals
Next, create goals, objectives, and timelines to achieve your goals. All of your goals should be S.M.A.R.T (Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). Write your goals down, and find some accountability partners to keep you on track (colleagues, etc.). Unless you know of any unyielding people in your immediate network, try to find someone outside of family and close friends. Family and friends are likely to passively hold you to your word. The last thing you need if you really want to improve your life is the co-signature of a bunch of Yes-men and Yes-women. You don’t want as accountability partners people who agree to everything you say for the sake of appeasing you. A good accountability partner is someone that can be objective at all times and keep you focused on your goals and the tasks at hand. They may even be a vested stakeholder in some way, shape, or form. For example, if you decide to use a close friend as an accountability partner, and your goal is to lose weight, promise them a gift if they hold you to your goals, keep you on task, and help you reach your desired weight. By doing so, they have a reward in it, and they will most certainly stay on you. Just make sure the reward is something that they really value; then they will undoubtedly do their part.