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Don’t Just Resolve; Know Your Why, Create an Action Plan and Embrace Accountability!

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Have you resolved not to resolve this year because it just hasn’t worked out for you in the past? It’s true that lots of people will set New Year’s Resolutions but only a small percentage will actually achieve them. Selecting one goal for the start of the year is a good start (it allows you to channel time, energy and efforts in a focused way), but just setting the goal is really about having an intention. What you do or don’t do from there will determine your outcome.


make a goal SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitiveIt has been said before that an intention with no action is just a dream. Dreams aren’t bad, but if we want to turn them into reality, we need to pair them with action. Desire and determination are a good place to start, but motivation (your “why”), a specific action plan to which you are committed and some accountability will get you a lot farther towards and ultimately to your destination.



Know Your Why

Once you’ve settled on your one goal, think hard about why you want to achieve that goal. What will success in the area you’ve selected do for your life, your relationships, your business, health, finances or anything else you hold as valuable. The answer to this is typically your motivation for moving forward. Visualize success. Consider posting pictures, words, or some other visual trigger to remind you about your goal, what success looks like, and what you’ll feel, see, have or be able to do once you achieve the goal. Make reviewing this vision board, affirming statement, or other visual a part of your morning routine. Focus your mind on what you want and why you want it each and every day to help you focus on the steps you’ll need to take for success.

Create an Action Plan

Be very specific about what you want; set a SMART goal. Then start plotting a course backwards from your end goal. What do you need to do to achieve this? Write down all the steps, big or small, that you need to take to achieve your goal. Consider how much time you’ll need for each step.

Flushing out the steps involved is important for a number of reasons:

  1. Once you see the steps detailed out and know what it will take to accomplish success you can determine if you truly want to put in the effort to attain the goal. You need to be willing to take the steps to get to your destination.
  2. Breaking your plan down into specific steps can take away the overwhelm of a big or longer-term goal. It may be difficult to imagine doing all of the work to accomplish something you want, but not so hard to imagine completing just the first step. Take it step by step.
  3. Knowing the tasks involved, you can then schedule those into your calendar, being realistic about the timeline for completing them all and ultimately accomplishing your goal.

Embrace Accountability

Tell co-workers, trusted advisers, friends and others in your personal and professional network what you’re up to. Tell a number of people, or enlist an Accountability Partner. Share with them you goal, your why and your action plan. Ask them to help hold you accountable. When we commit to something publicly, we are much more likely to follow through, because we know someone we have told, may ask us about our progress or our success. Instinctively we want to please, so while you are not completing your goal for anyone other than yourself, you will be motivated to have positive things to share with those who are in the know.

Consider setting up a regular time that you’ll “report in” on your progress; weekly for example. This ensures that you don’t go too long without addressing challenges you may face, fessing up to inaction, or celebrating your small wins along the way.


How can we support you in setting and achieving your goals this year? What is it that you really want? Can we help you create a plan to get there and help hold you accountable? Please let us know. We’d be honored to partner with you in your success!

Happy New Year from Simply Placed. May this next year bring you good health, prosperity, happiness, laughter and love!



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