There seems to be a camp that believes that New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time. Are you kidding me? If you have no resolutions for the next year, you’re going to have a very unfocused way of making progress in whatever you want to do. There’s another camp that says you should have very few resolutions so that you succeed in achieving your goals.
Well that’s fine if you have a difficult time tying your shoelaces and juggling more than several things at once over 365 days. Wow, 365 days……. did you know that people have built billion dollar companies and cities in that time period? You do right? Well, what’s stopping you from making resolutions?
* You’re afraid to fail. No goals, no failure! Very simple. Easy to talk about how New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time instead.
* You’re lazy. You don’t want to put your goals out there because once you do, you know that you’ve got to try and accomplish them.
* You’re embarrassed. Who gives a damn what other people think? And if you are embarrassed, just write them down in private. Nobody is going to kidnap your bunny if you fail.
I have a lot of goals for 2011 because I have a lot of things I want to do. Call me a motivated I guess. But, each year that goes by is one less year I have to live. Time gets more and more valuable the older you get. Some goals are more important than others, such as seeing my parents 4X in 2011. I’m not going to start crying if I still dress too casually for my own good. But, I will be disappointed that I didn’t make a strong enough effort to look sharper.
USE “SAM” TO HELP YOU SUCCEED
* (S)pecific. Your goals should be as crystal clear as possible. Don’t leave room for you to wing it and make soft interpretations such as “I will lose weight.” Instead, write “I will lose 10 pounds by June 1 and if I don’t I will run 10 miles a week for the remainder of the year until I do.”
* (A)ctionable. You’ve got to be able to do something about your goal in order to succeed because if you achieve the goal with no action, you will feel empty. Goals that require no action are just dreams.
* (M)easurable. If you have no way of measuring your progress, then you might as well not have a goal. You should set checkpoints through the year to see your progress. The best check points I find are after every quarter i.e. April 1, July 1, Oct 1, and finish out the rest of the year strong.
Bet you didn’t realize that I’d always be with you on your resolutions journey now did you? If you have a journal or a blog, your New Year’s resolutions should get you excited! Part of the whole reason why you have a journal or a blog is because it allows you to record your thoughts and review them at a later date, while holding you accountable for your decisions. Go out there and write down your resolutions for 2011 and prioritize. You can have 1 or 10. Whatever the case may be, it’s a personal decision. Just don’t have none!
Readers, what are your excuses for not making any yet? Do you need a kick in the pants or a nipple twist to get you going?