Resolutions that aim to turn you into a different person in 12 months’ time don’t work because deep down we know there’s a very good chance it just won’t happen. The objectives you set need to be based on a clear assessment of what you are doing right, and could improve on. Overambitious resolutions are doomed to fail and are liable to leave you feeling demoralised. So why do they fail?
Well making the resolutions is the easy part but keeping to them is a lot tougher. It’s important to set goals but it’s equally important to regularly check on those goals and to put the structure around them to ensure that they don’t just become another “things to do” list.
There are a multitude of things that can get in the way – a lack of time, to little planning, bad communications or just the day-to-day routines. It really is all too easy to let go of those resolutions. However, it is possible to keep your resolutions and we’ve found the following simple points really helpful when setting goals.
- Give yourself a timeline
A timeline can make goals seem achievable. It will help you to put a plan in motion, evaluate your progress, and ultimately see your goals realised.
- Be specific
Be specific about a goal and make it concrete. For example, losing weight in 2018 doesn’t really give you something specific to aim for. If however your goal is to lose a particular amount of weight in 2018 through the improvement of your diet (by reducing your blood sugars) and increasing your exercise, you’ve really got something to go for.
- Keep your friends and family informed
Regular conversations with friends and family are a great opportunity to discuss your progress, share any concerns or questions and share feedback. If you need extra support, they will help you find it. It’s also a good way to ensure long-term goals and strategies are kept to the forefront of your mind.
- Be realistic
Goal setting is essential providing you are realistic about your targets. Unattainable goals only lead to disappointment for you and so regularly review your long-term goals and take stock of what worked, what didn’t and adjust your goals accordingly.
- Time for you
A healthy work-life balance demands time out. All work and no play is a recipe for mental and physical disaster. So if you have trouble freeing up time to do the things you enjoy, diary some regular time to “meet with yourself” and stick to it.
Hopefully you’ll find these simple points some help in keeping to your new Years resolutions. With realistic, actionable and attainable goals, the end of 2018 may find you ticking all the boxes!