Before we know if, we will be ringing in a new year. (Uhhhh insane and so very welcome!! Come on in 2021!) Folks will rush to outlining their New Year Resolutions and springing up their vision boards, which is GREAT but are they sustainable? Studies show that EIGHTY percent of people who set resolutions fail. I don’t know about you but that is a pretty huge number. So what are you doing to ensure you land in the 20%.
Any day is a good day to stop and give some good thought around what you want to accomplish and the direction you are taking your life. Maybe you have some things already in mind or maybe you’re just starting out. The bottom line is that you get your goals down on PAPER!
Ok so, what now? Having something written out won’t necessarily be that one thing that spurs you into action. How about setting some timelines? In the words of author Diana Scharf, “Goals are dreams with deadlines”. When you really take the time to not only list the things that you want to accomplish, but also apply a deadline to them, your dreams go from being just something in your mind to something you can actually put into actionable steps. This also means that it’s going to be easier to track your progress as you tick things off and manage time like a pro.
So what makes for a reasonable deadline? Well that depends on you as well as what makes sense for what you are trying to accomplish. The thing that trumps deadlines is ACCOUNTABILITY but I’ll go into that in a bit.
In the midst of planning things can happen. Something comes up that takes away from your time, your energy and your motivation. If it’s one thing that we can be sure of, it’s that nothing is set in stone. This is where flexible planning comes in. You can start off working toward something and suddenly get thrown off course. What can you do when this happens? Well, first off, don’t panic! Take a step back and look at the outline/plan that you’ve set for yourself. Can something be moved? Can you replace something less pressing or something that isn’t so high priority with the action/goal that you had to take time off from? This will all depend on you and your end game.
Another thing to be aware of is overplanning. Leave a little wiggle room, and try not to account for every second of the day. Overplanning can be exhausting and more importantly it’s the easiest way to set yourself up for a let down. You can be ambitious with your goals and not plan yourself right into a corner! Balance, balance, balance!
So I mentioned accountability earlier. SO SO KEY! Holding yourself accountable means taking the responsibility of getting things done. It can be hard if you find yourself doing everything on your own and keeping motivated can sometimes be extremely challenging. But remember your intentions. Your motivators and your intent. Stay strong and keep focused but also remember that you have options. You can use reminders on a calendar or your phone! Reach out to others to stay on target by sharing encouragement. You can even drop me a note if you need help staying accountable and sticking to your plans.
Setting resolutions and goals doesn’t have to be daunting or even overwhelming. If you break things down and first look at your big picture and create a plan from there you will be knocking things out left and right before you know it.
So get out there and put those plans in action!!
Onward and Upward!