It’s that time of year when we begin to think about the new year and starting anew. Many people choose to set new year’s resolutions. Are you one of them? Are you also one of them who has set the same resolution each year with the same outcome…failure? So, how can you really break that cycle and bring success upon yourself? Let’s get started.
1. Prioritize what it is that you want to change in the coming year. List all the changes and prioritize them from most important to less importance (because they all are important, right?).
2. Beside each of the change listed, how likely you are to succeed, on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not likely, and 10 most likely. Be honest with yourself.
3. Beside each one, determine if you are willing to put in the time and energy to make the change, again on a scale of 1-10, with the above scale.
4. List the pros to making the change on each of the changes listed.
5. List the cons to making the change on each of the changes listed.
6. List what you are getting out of not changing your behavior. Again, be honest.
7. What excuses are you making for not changing?
8. List what it looks like to succeed? What is the end point?
9. Now, really look at what you have determined and determine which one of the changes you want to tackle first. DO NOT tackle them all; that is a prescription for failure. And, you may wish to tackle one that is most likely to succeed first because this will give you a sense of accomplishment and momentum for future success.
10.It’s time to embrace the new year and the new you. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends about your goal. Telling others makes it real and now you are accountable.
Good luck and may your New Year’s resolution be successful this year!
Until next time,
Stay well; stay healthy; stay focused.