Were you one of the millions of people who made a New Year's resolution this year?
The month of January signifies a fresh start. It's a very busy time of year for a coach as our coachees have exciting new goals, new jobs or new challenges to work on.
For many people, the New Year means it's time to think, time to change, or time to do something differently. Traditionally, we look back to the past, and - more importantly - we look forward to the coming year. We reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to take action to make those changes happen. That's why we make resolutions.
So let me ask you...
...Do YOU want to change or do something differently this year?
If so, don't bother with a New Year's Resolution! They aren't always good because they're often too general or too unrealistic, which means that people don't achieve them.
- "I'm going to exercise more"
- "I'm going to get more organised"
- "I'm going to have better work life balance"
Whilst we often even begin with great gusto and enthusiasm, just 7 days later 80% of us will have 'cheated' or given up on our resolution and 'failed'!
So what do YOU need to do?
Set small, daily resolutions which move you towards your goal instead.
Here's how it works:
- Set a BIG, clear goal for the year - By 31st December 2015, what exactly do you want to achieve? (Paint a mental picture - what will you see, hear or feel differently when you've achieved it? Make sure your goal is 100% specific, measurable, achievable and realistic!)
- Next, break this down into end of term goals - What point could you get to by the Summer Holiday? What point could you get to by Easter?
- Now look at your goal for Easter & break this down even further - What could you have realistically achieved towards this by February half term? What could you have achieved in the next week?
- Next, think what's ONE tiny step you could take towards this TODAY?
- Create a check in point to hold yourself accountable for today's action - or ask your coach or colleague to hold you accountable! (NOT a friend as they'll probably let you off the hook if you don't do it!)
- Do it!
- Congratulations - you've achieved your first "daily resolution"!
- Let your coach/colleague know that you've done it
- Reward yourself for taking your first step
- Set another small "daily resolution" for tomorrow so that you keep focused & keep taking baby steps towards your big goal until you finally achieve it! (Remember to celebrate your achievements along the way & let us know how you're getting on).
If you'd like a coach to hold you accountable, simply login & post your "daily resolution"!