Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Why do you?
Some people make resolutions out of guilt, to fit in with their group of family members, friends, or work colleagues.
Others choose to strive to become their best self.
Why don’t you?
Some people purposely avoid making resolutions – touting their desire to be more spontaneous.
Others avoid resolutions because of a fear of failure (“Why should I, I’m not going to do them anyway.”).
If you are a resolution maker, chances are you know what you want, why you want it, and how to get there.
If you are not, then one of those components is probably missing.
Putting your goals into action involves knowing what you want, why you want it, and how to get there. Let’s take a look at those 3 things.
1. Goals – what you want
In this day and age, we have information about almost every topic at our fingertips. We are often so overwhelmed with information that it’s difficult to know what choices to make or where to start.
Setting goals may seem daunting at first, but with some effort, the process can provide meaning, purpose, and direction to your life.
A lot of people set goals at the beginning of the year, but very few people actually achieve those goals.
This is often the case because the goal was not realistic in the first place.
People often just select a goal (at random or otherwise) to jump on the bandwagon with their friends or family members, or to satisfy a school or work requirement.
However, if your heart is not in the goal, the result will likely be minimal at best.
There is an often quoted expression that says,
“If nothing changes, nothing changes.”
Essentially it means that YOU are the one who can make changes in your life.
If you don’t do anything to make changes in your life, nothing will change in your life.
Not your health.
Not your financial circumstances.
Not your career opportunities.
What are some examples of goals?
Some may say, “I’d like to get rid of this spare tire.”
Others may say, “I want to get to work on time.”
Still others may say, “I want to read more often.”
Each of these requires action on the part of the individual.
For example, I fulfilled my goal to become a food coach by making a series of small changes in my life. I knew I had the background, the experience, and the talents to help people see the potential in themselves for heathy eating.
What do you want to accomplish?
What commitments do you want to keep?
What goals do you want to achieve?
You “begin with the end in mind” as leadership author Stephen R. Covey put it in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
You set an end goal, and then you make a plan that will lead up to and fulfill your end goal.
2. Motivation – why you want it
I love the quote from entrepreneur Evan Carmichael that says,
“Don’t quit! Find that motivation to keep going even when people around you think you’re nuts.”
Do people think you’re nuts when you talk about your goals with them? Why do they think that?
People thought I was nuts for transitioning from the higher education field to health and wellness.
Many people still think I’m nuts.
But I know the power of change and how it motivates people toward a better life.
I don’t change someone’s eating habits.
I help them see the potential in themselves for more clarity, energy, and endurance to tackle life’s challenges.
Then they change their own eating habits.
I help them create goals and plans for getting there.
I help them stay motivated toward seeing success.
3. Plan – how to get there
Your plan is your roadmap to get from point A (your present situation) to point B (your goal or your future state).
Many times people will say they are trying to ______ (lose weight, increase their productivity, manage their time better – you fill in the blank), but when you press them about what they are doing to achieve that goal, they are give you this blank stare.
They may ask what you mean, or just change the subject all together.
Joining Toastmasters was part of my plan to become a food coach.
In order to help others, I needed to communicate my message and my passion more effectively.
I needed to continue to develop my leadership skills.
The skills and associations I’ve developed there are priceless and help me in my work and in many other areas.
Start Small and Keep Going
The key is to start small and keep going,
This is YOUR time to set a goal, get motivated, and map out a plan to get there.
Believe in yourself, and you will accomplish your goals and more!
Don’t wait until January.
Don’t wait for your plan to be delivered to you. Start thinking about it now.
Remember: if nothing changes, nothing changes.
But if something changes, EVERYTHING changes.
YOU determine your success.
It’s time to develop YOUR plan of attack.