That is the question. What’s your take?
I know some people that have made their last resolution ever … the have resolved not to make any more resolutions. Are you in this camp?
For others, this time of year is a popular and optimal time to set goals, to look ahead, to create an action plan. There are several things I’ve seen people do that increase their chance of success in accomplishing their goals.
- Be clear and specific about what you want and what “success” looks like.
- Set a deadline or target date for completion
- Write it down.
- Post it where you will see it often (this could be a written or pictoral vision for the end result, or a simple statement of the goal).
- Create an action plan – breaking down the steps needed to accomplish the goal and scheduling tasks into the days, weeks and months ahead. Set mini-deadlines for the different tasks or components associated with the action plan.
- Share the goal and action plan with others. Declare your intentions, discuss your plan, seek support, request accountability.
- Review the goals and action plan regularly. Note progress, make any necessary adjustments to the plan, decide when to review next.
- Celebrate the small and the big. Reward yourself for significant progress made, for mini-goals accomplished along the way to the end result, and of course, for your ultimate accomplishment. Establishing small and big rewards that are motivating and really wanted, can help fuel the fire and keep you going when the going seems tough.
- Ask for help. Figure out where you’d save time, money or stress in accomplishing your goal by asking for and accepting help.
So, if you decide to set goals or resolutions for 2011, we hope you find these tips helpful. We’d love to hear about your goals, progress, and accomplishments. Please let us know how we can support you along the way.
Here’s to your success in 2011!