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The Problem with New Year Resolutions

Every December 31st, we reflect on the past 12 months — it’s psychological warfare. What worked? What failed? Any lessons learned? Then we set new and even more ambitious goals to make up for last years shortcomings. BUT THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE YEAR! We’ve promised ourselves even bigger commitments to health, friends, family time, and career growth. But those little nuggets are never enough, so we pile on passions like writing a novel, adopting a rescue puppy, and hiking Mount Kilimanjaro. Some goals are reasonable, many never stood a chance. Life gets in the way. It rains on our parade. The dog eats our homework. 

In some cases we actually cross out lost causes. More often, New-Year resolutions vanish into thin air. We forget we even made them. Why? In most cases there were simply too many — too unrealistic — too unstructured. To solve these “usual suspects” in our never-ending battle to start and end each year on a high note, the following nuggets from my Goal & Time Management 1-Day MBA always serve me well. 

7 Keys to Keep New Year Resolutions
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain


1. 
ADD A FUN FACTOR with ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDIES

  • The #1 reason goals fail is that they don’t actually motivate us in the first place. Add the “FUN FACTOR” and if possible, ask for an “ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY” to inspire your mission, friends, and teammates.

2.  ASK EXPERTS FOR HELP 

  • If goals aren’t progressing, have the humility to ask for help. The fastest path to executing a good idea is often paved with humility. Touch base with a trusted friend or network to find a specialist. If all else fails, try Google, read articles, or take a short masterclass to find fast-track solutions.

3.  GET S.M.A.R.T. with YOUR GOALS

        SPECIFIC • MEASURABLE • ACHIEVABLE • RELEVANT • TIMELY 

  • Whether you hope to learn more, sell more, get in better shape, change careers, scale a business, build healthier relationships, or save the world … serious goals require S.M.A.R.T. routines. Successful people always follow the S.M.A.R.T. acronym when it comes to personal & professional goals and that goes for New Year Resolutions too!

4. THINK BIG but CONSIDER that LESS is often MORE

  • Goals that start too big and fast often fail to address baby steps and little things first. As a result, overzealous dreams crumble before they ever had a chance. Don’t put so much on your plate that essential goals never start.

5. DON’T let PERFECT RUIN GOOD

  • We’ve all heard the old adage, “perfect is the enemy of good”, but don’t compromise a good start at the expense of your perfection gene. Entrepreneurs like to run ideas through a logic models that often take research and months of validating theories, but getting really good or building something great requires deliberate practice and tweaks over time. Until you get messy in the  kitchen, you’ll never bake a perfect cake.

6. Maintain PURPOSE and PATIENCE in your PRACTICE

  • Stay hungry & thirsty my friends! If the goal is critical, you have to crave it! Always do a gut check on your “WHY.” What was the reason you set that goal in the first place? If you truly believe in the mission, maintain patience and passion in your practice — as long as it’s driven by a crystal-clear purpose.

7. FOCUS on what you do best >>> delegate, collaborate, or eliminate the rest!

  • What’s your superpower? Hyper focus on the unique skill or ability you bring to the table. Be willing to outsource or bring in co-workers and experts for things you don’t like to do, don’t do well, or don’t have time for.

… AND THAT’S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT.
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