Ever realize, minutes before (or after) the ball drops, that you wanted to set some New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t wait till then and blurt something out on the spur of the moment. It’s too easy to set a goal that you don’t really want, or don’t really plan on committing to and seeing it out. Instead, take some time now to look ahead at 2015.
Here are 4 steps to help you actually meet your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions:
- Write your resolutions down. Before the ball drops. You can’t expect to meet a resolution that you hurriedly come up with on the spot at the drop of the ball. It’s a goal that you haven’t planned for, prepared for, or scheduled for. Very few goals that are not written down actually come to fruition, let alone if you don’t actively plan it out. Writing it down forces you to see what you want to resolve to do, and it makes you commit.
- What are you willing to sacrifice to accomplish? Yes, you will have to sacrifice. Your day is already filled. Unless you spend hours sitting and doing nothing (and I do mean literally nothing, not even watching TV or checking your phone), your day is filled. You’ve got lots to do, and any time you have you’ve filled it with something. So before you try to over-commit yourself, ask what you’re willing to give up.
- Schedule to-dos for your resolution out. This means putting actually to-dos on your calendar and in your planner. Work backwards from your resolution to figure out what you have to do each day, week, month, even quarter to reach your end-of-year goal.
- Review your New Year’s Resolutions daily. One thing (of many) that I learned from Michael Hyatt’s book “Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World” is to review your goals daily. I’m still working on doing it consistently, but it brings to your mind how excited you were to write those goals down. It reminds you why you’re sacrificing that extra hour of sleep or potato chip bag or TV show. And when you’re mid-2015 and on vacation and tempted to skip out on whatever your resolution was, you need a reminder.
Here’s the other kicker: Let’s say you set your New Year’s Resolutions ahead of time. You planned and scheduled and had it all written out. Then life happened, and you don’t meet your New Year’s Resolutions. What then?
Then I want you to consider how far you got, and what you did accomplish. Even if you get off track early in the year, take heart in that you started strong and stayed strong for as long as possible.
Maybe you planned on losing 30 pounds but only lost 15 pounds. That’s still a win – consider what you would have lost if you had stayed your same course! (The answer is “Nothing” if you’re still wondering). You’re 15 pounds lighter now than you were at the start of the year!
Or say you studied hard and took extra classes and went to seminars and got the best information you could for a job promotion, but it just doesn’t happen. Relish the fact that you invested in yourself. You know far more now than you did when you started, and either the company you’re at will recognize that soon, or you’re more equipped to move on to a better company.
Being an author, I’m working on some crazy-hard writing goals for 2015. And while looking them over, I realized that I can complete them, but it’s going to be hard. So there’s a chance I won’t make my goals. But you know what? If I complete half of what I set out to do, it will be more than I did in 2014. And it will be awesome.
So start brainstorming your New Year’s Resolutions now. But don’t just think about them. Make them happen!
What are your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions, and what are you going to have to do to make them happen?