New Year, New You (Weaver Insurance, 2018)
A New Year has started and with it, our New Year’s Resolution. The whole idea of ‘turning over a new leaf’ and ‘starting fresh’ every 1st of January makes the beginning of the new year a hopeful time for us to analyse what we did and did not, and what we want to achieve. Whether we start a new calendar, buy a new agenda or even scroll over the month of January on our phone, the sense of a fresh start is there.
We start making notes of our New Year’s Resolutions we want to achieve in our lives – getting in better shape, change ‘bad’ habits in our lifestyle, building a successful business, and so on. And, for most of us, the path to start doing them is to look at it as the final result instead of as a process that takes time. Therefore, while most of the people can keep their new promises through the first days of January, it is those weeks throughout the rest of the year that makes us lose it.
The thing is that our goals and resolutions shouldn’t be something we set up lightly: even the smallest ambition needs to be set right (Entrepreneur, 2018). Here is our three-step process to ensure you set up your goals for this New Year, personal or businesses’ goals.
New Year's Resolutions (Washington Post, 2018)
1. Plan the process not the goal
When you are working towards a goal, the idea of ‘I’m not good enough yet’, ‘Today is not going to work’ or ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ comes to your mind frequently and you are teaching yourself to put success only if you achieve that milestone (Entrepreneur, 2018). That often brings a lot of pressure and mental- limitations, especially when the year passed, and you are at the same point as a year before. Instead, you can keep it simple by focusing on the daily process and sticking to your schedule, rather than worrying about the life-changing goal.
Now is the time to rethink about the big picture goal or one-year goal that you want to achieve for the next year to come (Forbes, 2018). Where you want to be in one year? How do you feel like to achieve those things? Even some people break this section into categories - personal, career, business, fitness and financial. This could help to dedicate the right amount of time to each goal as well as to cover different aspects of their life.
One of the most common mistakes on the New Year resolutions is that people identify an outcome without recognising the underlying motivation of that outcome. Without knowing your intentions, it is easy to fall into temptations that do not allow you to comply with that goal. None of them happen from one day to another, it takes months of work. In order to achieve it, you need to spend time planning the process of what you really want.
S.M.A.R.T (Toolshero, 2018)
2. Break it
This is where most people fail to achieve their resolutions because there is no preparation in how to get to that goal. In order to achieve a goal, it needs to get specific and, therefore, needs to work backwards to break that one-year goal into six-month, three month and one month in order to identify the actions we need to take to make it (Entrepreneur, 2018). Once you have it clear, you need to establish S.M.A.R.T goals that means specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time managed.
According to Dr. Gail Matthews in his study about procrastination shows that 76% of people, who write their goals down, share them with a friend and check it weekly actually achieve those goals or were in the process of achieving them, compared to 42% of people who only thought about them (Dominican, 2018). Making a list and scheduling things will help you keep on track throughout the year.
For example: If you want to lose weight, you need to figure out how many pounds you want to lose – realistically- as well as the time you are dedicating to eat weekly or daily. If you want to eat healthier, start by cutting down those foods that won’t help little by little.
3. Celebrate your achievements
Taking a time to look back to what you have accomplish, as stupid as it sounds, makes you understand all what you have done already and also motivates you to accomplish more. And here is where I believe most people, like me, fail in their resolutions: lack of commitment. Too many dreams and not enough assurance. Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed process will always win. Committing to the process is what makes the difference (Entrepreneur, 2018). And, in order to commit to that process, it must bring something that is rewarding, that feels good, that you love or look forward to.
This three-step strategy can be applied in other areas of your life, not only into the personal but also can be brought into your family and business. Try not to get overload of stuff and promises to achieve, be open to that mindset and work focused on your goals and their processes to achieve!
-Dominican (2018) [online] Available at: https://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-highlights-strategies-for-achieving-goals [Accessed 28 Dic 2018].
-Entrepreneur.com (2018) [online] Available at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325466 [Accessed 30 Dic 2018].
-Forbes.com (2018) [online] Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/piasilva/2018/01/03/why-your-goal-setting-process-is-broken-and-what-to-do-about-it/#66d822117e09. [Accessed 28 Dic 2018].
-Toolshero (2018) [online] Available at: https://www.toolshero.com/time-management/smart-goals/ [Accessed 28 Dic 2018].
-Signupgenius (2018) [online] Available at: https://www.signupgenius.com/home/new-years-goal-setting-tips.cfm [Accessed 28 Dic 2018].
-Washington Post (2018) [online] Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?destination=%2fopinions%2fnew-years-resolutions-are-hard-to-stick-to-so-try-out-new-years-firsts [Accessed 30 Dic 2018].
-Weaver Insurance (2018) [online] Available at: https://weaverinsurance.com/strategies-keeping-new-years-resolutions/ [Accessed 28 Dic 2018].