It is the start of another year complete with the nonsense of “New Year’s Resolutions”. I think the experts tell us that most New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned within 30 days (or is it 30 seconds?). Resolutions are a great idea, but nothing changes if you do nothing to improve the way you approach it.
I believe goals are necessary to drive us to create the results we desire. The goal can be an external reward such as more money or recognition, or an internal one such as a lower weight to improve our health. The problem I’ve found with “New Year’s Resolutions” is that they are not usually true goals but more of feel-good wishes made without much consideration.
For any permanent or long-term changes to occur in our actions (aka behaviors), then we have to answer these questions for ourselves:
1. Why am I doing this?
2. When do I want to reach the goal?
3. How do I know when I get there?
4. What am I willing to do to accomplish it?
5. What has hampered my progress toward similar goals in the past?
Without these critical pieces of data, a plan for successful transformation cannot be created. Without a plan, the goal can’t be attained and self-esteem is reduced. When self-esteem is reduced, goals are abandoned as unattainable and voile’, the 30 day “statistic” is proven once again. I propose that these 5 steps are simple to apply to any goal or resolution of any type. These are tools not only for business but also for individuals.
While the resolutions may have already been made, there is still plenty of time to do some introspection, and then refine them you can achieve them.