It’s 2013 – a new year. Already there have been a myriad of articles about why we can’t achieve the resolutions we set for the new year. Experts tell us that few people actually meet the goals they set, so in many articles the advice is not to set those goals at all! I tend to disagree. I think it is the way we approach resolutions that gets us off track and leaves us in a ditch on the side of the road.
The problem with standard resolution-setting is that it’s often too broad. We set a goal like, “I want to exercise more this year” or “I will lose that stubborn 10 pounds” or “I want to be nicer to my family and more patient with my children.” While these are all worthwhile goals and important ones, they don’t really tell us (a) what success looks like, and (b) how we are going to achieve what we want to. We can make significant changes, but only if we have a clear roadmap and a specific plan for what we will do, when we will do it and how we will get ourselves back on track, if need be.
Let’s look at five things you can do differently, starting this new year, to make it a successful one in terms of realizing your resolutions.
Let this new year be the year that you move in the direction of your desired goals. You can do it if you take the necessary steps to get there. Happy 2013!