Beware New Year Resolutions!

 

Beware New Year Resolutions!

If you are still trying to stick to yours, or still deciding whether you should set yourself one – a New Year Resolution that is…!  Read on for tips on how to plan to succeed with your goals from Lorraine Hall of Chiave Training & Development.

The New Year always brings out the need to make changes in our lives as part of the ‘New Year, New Me’ process and we avidly set about setting New Year resolutions.

 

Beware!

 

Resolutions are where we resolve to do things differently e.g. Stop smoking, lose weight, change career, but resolutions are not goals hence the lack of success in achieving the changes we want.

 

Part of the failure to achieve and fulfil our resolutions is due to too many big changes implemented in one go.

 

For example we resolve to be healthy and on the first of January we join a gym, give up chocolate, stop drinking and give up smoking. This really is the road to failure and you can guarantee you’ll be back on the booze with a cigarette in one hand and a chocolate in the other by midnight, resolutions out the window and the feeling of failure hanging over our heads like a huge cloud of doom.

 

So what can we do to change our health, life, career or any other aspect of our lives that isn’t what we want?

 

Here are some tips to help you make effective and long lasting change in your life.

 

1. Identify one thing that you really want to change

– to help you do this write down ten things you are aren’t happy with in your life, you may find some of these have the same theme, so group them in one category. Look at your list and number them in order of priority. Take the top three and decide which of these is the REAL priority.

2. The next stage is to decide when you will achieve it by

– Be REALISTIC. Losing a stone in 3 weeks is not realistic. Set a date that is realistic and achievable.

3. Visualise your situation having achieved your goal on the date you have given

– What does it look like? What does it feel like?

Allow yourself a few minutes to fully see and feel what achieving your goal is like.

 

4. Write your goal down and identify at least fifteen different actions which will help you

to achieve your goal – Write everything down that comes into your head, it doesn’t matter how ridiculous your ideas may seem, write them down.

5. At this point take a break

– do something different for five to ten minutes and then come back to your actions list.

6. Review your action list and identify 3 actions that you want to keep

– Cross out the other items and prioritise the actions you want to keep 1 – 3. These are the three actions you are going to implement into your life.

7. Implement your actions – Action 1: implement this week, decide on a date and time.

 

Action 2: implement within two weeks, decide on a date and time, and Action 3: implement within a month, decide on a date and time.

 

Setting small, measurable, achievable, realistic, timed (SMART) targets within a set time period will improve your chances of success.

 

8. You now have an action plan to be implemented over a short time period.

Your goal is clear and you have a clear vision of what the changes will look like by your achievement date.

9. Write it down – Write all the dates you have identified for implementing actions and your achievement date in your diary.

 

10. JDI – now you have an action plan Just Do It!

– On the way to achieving your goal life happens, small set backs will occur, that’s life.

Keep your visualisation of success at the forefront of your mind when the going gets tough.

 

If you want it, you can have it; it’s up to you to make the change.

 

Good luck!

 

For support and advice on achieving your goals visit Chiave Training’s listing on What’s On 4 Me!

Lorraine Hall

 

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