I was thinking about how we are nearing a close to this brilliant year and remembered how people always have this habit of creating resolutions that they never follow (Ahem, I am one of them *cough* *cough*) and wondered why do we ever do this at the beginning of the year? Resolutions are intended to make us change to become better than what we were “last year” but I think that the epic failure of these resolutions is that we never really think about what we need to do in order to make the changes we set ourselves out to do in the new year to be successful. This all stems from a lack of planning.
The one saying that I find myself hearing at the back of my mind when I think about all this is that “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. As amusing as this quote is, it unfortunately rings true. So from all this, I figured out certain things that could help people like me look at Resolutions differently for the upcoming year. The things I will mention are just a guideline to help us re-focus our goals and think up of ways to change our bad habits.
It might help if you understand the following before you set yourself up to write up your resolutions:
1. One thing we must understand is that change is not instantaneous, it’s progressive.
2. Goals give direction and plans set the paths to reaching them.
3. Set-backs give you the ability to be imaginative and creative enough to think of other ways of reaching your goals.
4. Failures are expected because you need to know what won’t work in order to help another person struggling with their goals, once you succeed.
6. Resolutions are a focus for you to plan what goals you want to achieve.
7. Don’t make a long list, start off with at least 5 things you want to change. I find that the mistakes I often make about my resolutions is that I start of writing up a long list that have no follow up plan. Start with a short one and then work with that.
8. Every quarter of the year, look back on those goals and check off what you have managed to accomplish and revise plans if necessary. If you achieve them before the first half of the year then set up new goals for the second half of the year.
9. Before the last Quarter of the Year, reflect on what you have managed to achieve.
10. Assess your action plans and revise where necessary.
11. Set up new goals after you have completed the others.
You don’t have to wait until the New Year Kicks in to start planning. You can start Now!
Happy Planning Everyone!