It’s that time of the year again.
It’s January, and everyone’s made their New Year’s Resolutions. By February, they’re kicking themselves for not working on them yet.
By March, they’ve already given up.
Why? Why does this happen to time and time again?
Little is it known that each of these folks make the same mistakes, each year. Here are their mistakes, and here’s what you can do it about to ensure your New Year’s Resolution are accomplished this year!
No Goals Are Set
What do you want to accomplish this year – “lose weight”? Well, most people are likely to say that.
But how much weight – 10 lbs, 20 lbs, 50 lbs? And how soon – in two months, 6 months, by the end of the year?
Few people actually set up a specific goal for themselves. Most just have a generalized “idea” of what they want.
Without setting up a specific, measurable goal for yourself, you really have nothing to work towards. Saying “I want to lose weight” is basically not setting a goal at all.
Without goals, progress never begins.
Solution: come up with a SPECIFIC GOAL (“I want to lose X number of pounds”) and give it a TIMEFRAME (“I want to lose it by X time of year”).
The Goals Are Unrealistic
While plenty of folks have vague desires without a specific goal and mind, there are others who set a specific, measurable goal for themselves that is simply too difficult to accomplish.
Losing 100 lbs by the summertime is an amazing feat – and few people HAVE done it – but the reality is that this is an incredibly huge task to take on.
Let say you adopt this goal – to lose 100 lbs by summer – and you lose only 8 lbs by march. 8 lbs lost in two months is awesome progress, but pales in comparison to the original goal you had in mind.
For some, this becomes discouraging. “How can I possibly lose 100 lbs by the summer?!?” This causes most people to give up prematurely, despite the fact they were making good progress up until that point.
Solution: select a goal that is ATTAINABLE and not overreaching (“I want to lose 20 lbs by the summer”).
No Plan Is Made
So you have your goal that’s specific and measurable, yet attainable and realistic.
How do you start? When are you going to start? Do you even have any idea?
If you have a goal, but no plan or strategy to tackle that goal, you’re never going to accomplish it. You need a GAMEPLAN before you even get started! This is another reason why so many give up before they even start working on their resolutions!
Solution: create a PLAN to start working on your goals. We invite to join us for a FREE strategy session to help you design a plan that will work. Just CLICK HERE.
No Expert Advice Sought After
You need goals – good goals. And you need a plan.
But what if you aren’t sure if your goals are specific enough, and not too unrealistic? Or, what if you have no idea what you need to do in your plan?
This “analysis paralysis” stops people in their tracks – the task becomes too daunting, so people give up on the idea of keeping their resolutions.
But what if there was someone out there – a professional – to help you out and put you on the right track?
Would you do your business taxes without a CPA? Would you represent yourself in court without a lawyer? Would fix your totaled car without a mechanic?
Hopefully, the answer is NO.
Sometimes, you simply just NEED expert advice to get things done quickly and efficiently
Solution: whatever your New Year’s Resolution is this year, determine if you need expert help (“I’m going to hire a coach to help me lose 20 lbs by summertime”).
It’s, once again, a start to a new year.
Use these tips to make 2016 your best year yet!