6th December 2018

Do you know your triggers?

No More Resolutions

We are coming to the end of another year and the custom is as we pass from the old year to the new one that we make New Year Resolutions. So here is my suggestion. Stop it! Don’t do it! You know they don’t work, so why bother?

If you are like most people your New Year resolutions last about as long as the hangover that often accompanies them and certainly no longer than the turkey leftovers leaving most of us giggling with embarrassment at our lack of will power and commitment. Why put yourself through that mildly embarrassing ritual?

Are you aware of your triggers?

Now I firmly believe that there are ‘triggers’ throughout the year which cause us to take time out, review our progress and reset our sails. The Christmas break and the end of the year is a major trigger in that sense. By all means take the time to review and reassess your progress but don’t default to New Year resolutions.

Why? Well they are weak and ineffective and we all know they don’t work. Resolutions are no more than a to do list, thought up on a whim. The word resolution comes from the verb ‘resolve’ but it seems there is rarely any real resolve accompanying these passing thoughts. Incidentally if you look up resolution in a thesaurus you will come across words like determination, steadfastness and tenacity, all of which seem to be noticeably absent from your average New Year’s resolution.

Review and reassess

Take the opportunity to review and reassess and once you have done that don’t waste your time with resolutions but invest your time to write a plan for the coming year. A plan is different because a plan should begin with the end in mind. So review your progress in the light of what you are trying to achieve and what is important to you. Are you on track? Are you on time? If you continue performing as you currently are will you get where you want to be at the time you want to be there? If not plan to do something different so that you can achieve your goals.

The best plans are always written. Getting the thought out of your head and onto paper is extremely effective. It makes things not only clearer but more concrete. It also means that you can’t kid yourself about what you really meant. Remember the SMART acronym so that your plans are specific, measurable, achievable realistic and time framed.

The best plans are future backwards. Knowing where you want to be in the future, how are you going to get there? Be specific on how you are physically going to set your sails so that you arrive at your destination as you intend.

If you need any help with this exercise because it isn’t easy, drop me a note. I have a goal setting methodology which I cribbed from someone a few years ago because I found it to be really useful and I will gladly send it to you so that you have the very best year possible.

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