No More New Year’s Resolutions
Happy New Year!
I know. I know… This is the time you want to sit down and make those resolutions.
“I’m going to make a lot more money this year.”
“I’m going to finally lose some weight.”
Some of you will even take the first steps. You’ll spend a few minutes taking a look around at your at your business or practice and start to straighten some things out. You’ll join a health club and purposely avoid the cakes and ice cream aisles when you shop-this week.
In a few weeks, though, it will be business as usual. Why? Because Resolutions don’t work! Here’s why:
1. They are not specific enough. How much money? How many pounds and by when? How are you going to do it?
2. There is no accountability built into them. If “Healthy Woman” turns into “Cookie-Dough Ice Cream Eating Woman” for just tonight, who will know?
So, if you don’t make resolutions, what do you do instead?
1. Set goals. Make them specific, measurable, attainable and time-oriented. Earn 20% more than last year. Lose 20 pounds by June.
2. Write your goals down and tell people about them. Give them to someone and ask that person (more than one is better) to hold you accountable.
3. Include with your goals a plan for how you’re going to accomplish them. Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich,” noted that the most successful men of his time worked with a plan. A simple plan…even a stupid plan…is better than no plan at all.
4. Be accountable to someone. A peer–or, better still–a coach. A great deal of my work involves helping my clients focus on what they want, helping them develop a plan to get it, and requiring them to report to me on their progress.
If you would like a great, simple Goal Planning Worksheet, request it from me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send it to you.
In the meantime, keep REACHING…