Ok yes I have used this image before, in my defence it is a good one. Does your 2014 list look something like this in terms of years crossed off and amended?
Bloggers and Coaches all seem to be spending a lot of time writing about new years’ resolutions: Have you written yours down? What are they? Which is great but did you know research shows that only about 5% of resolutions actually last into February. Millions of great intentions never see the light of day.
If you’re looking to make change and you want it to stick, then you need to plan just like you would any other life change or goal. 1 January does not provide some magical fairy dust to stop you procrastinating, or make you exercise, or change your eating habits. Any change, any goal is going to require some planning and effort on your part. Come the stroke of midnight after a few champers or vodkas your resolutions are not automatically going to happen.
My top 5 recommendations for personal change in 2015:
- Don’t go crazy trying to change the world pick one or two things.
- Make a plan. Use the old what when why and how, or if you like SMART goal setting.
- Break it down into small chunks eg. Goal – lose weight: some of your steps may be, week 1 cut out soft drink, week 2 no eating after 8:00 pm, week 3 start the day with water and lemon juice etc. It may take longer, but baby steps work.
- Really know and understand your why. Why do you want to achieve this goal, this change? What are the benefits to you? What value does it align to? What will it mean if you don’t achieve it? What will it mean if you do achieve it? What obstacles may be in your way? There are hundreds of questions you can ask and answer. Once you know your why and are passionate about it, nothing can stop you, except you.
- If you need someone to be accountable to and you is not enough. If you want someone to challenge your thinking, get you to think outside the box, or maybe you are stuck and need some help. Then don’t hesitate to put yourself in the hands of a coach, a great way to kick start your year, you have my details.
Until next Sunday, stay safe.