New Year Resolutions … Here We Go AgainDecember 28, 2021
It’s a new year, and we are ready to conquer the world! Weight loss, tone arms, a six pack, more money, better habits … woo hoo! Bring on 2022!
Hold on eager beaver. This all sounds fabulous, but does it sound real? How can this year FINALLY be the year that we make goals that we can and will achieve? What is the key element to ensure we are not setting us up for another year of failure but rather SUCCESS!
Well, the good news, YOU are motivated. You’re reading this blog. You’re feeling inspired for change. You believe in yourself. This is HUGE! Honestly, it all starts with mindset. BUT … how do you keep that mindset all year long or better yet, forever?
Let’s keep it simple and real. Grab a pen and paper. No, seriously, grab a pen and paper. Even better, grab a notebook if you have one. A goal that you do not write down is just a dream. So, let’s be a doer and not a dreamer. Follow these steps to get you on the right path for a fresh start!
1) Let’s Look at 2021
What were the TOP three highlights of the year? What were three areas that needed improvement? What obstacles did you face that caused challenges? What could have been some potential solutions for those three areas? On the first page of your notebook, write these down. Date it. I’m going to list mine for an example.
Karen’s Highlights and Areas for Improvement for 2021:
2021 TOP Highlights
1. Lost 35lbs
2. Juggled three small kids, their activities and school during a pandemic while husband travelled during the week.
3. Doubled business revenues from 2020 (2020 was God awful, but it is still better)
2021 Areas for Improvement
1. Lack of Exercise – potential solutions: add to calendar 3 days per week
2. Stress Management – potential solution: deep breathing exercises before starting the day for 10 minutes
3. Balancing work, family, and personal time – potential solution: hire more help for work and kids
2) Create 3 Goals for 2022
What do you want and need to see happen in 2022? Let’s focus on three things and be specific. Something you need, may be more health related. Something you want might be more career specific. Both are important. There’s nothing wrong with having high standards and ambitions. Again, I will list mine for an example:
Karen’s 2022 Goals
1. Incorporate yoga into my daily routine at least 3 days per week. I am going to put 11:00am on my schedule for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If I have a conflict, I will reschedule one of those appointments.
2. Hire an assistant to help with my books AND hire a babysitter to help after school one day per week and one weekend night per month for date night with my husband.
3. Aim for business sales to reflect pre-pandemic numbers (2019)
3) Monthly Goals Analysis
Set a reminder on your phone for the first of every month for a Goals Analysis. On the first of every month, you need to look at your goals and highlight successes and challenges. For your challenges, you are going to come up with three potential solutions. You need to do this every month.
4) Be Ready to Fail
Realize that you will not always be travelling down a smooth path on your road to success AND failing is a part of succeeding. We want to fail, so we can learn. Everyone falls down, especially when trying something new. How many people get up and try again, again, and again… this is where the difference comes from those who are successful in life. They aren’t afraid to fail. It’s not a good feeling, but with every new day is a new chance.
It’s crucial that you have a set time to revisit these goals every month. Consistency is the key to success. Let’s do this 2022! For real this time!