New Year, New Goals?
We are about a week into 2018 and I’m curious as to how your New Year’s Resolution(s) are coming along? Did you make any? Typically, I don’t make resolutions but this year I did…well sort of! Keep reading to understand what I mean…
For many years, I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution and here’s why: no one ever goes through with them! Well maybe that’s a little extreme to say but most people really don’t.
Did you know that only 39% of people in their 20s achieve their resolutions each year? And that number continues to decrease with age! According to a study done by The University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, by the time you are in your fifties only 14% of people achieve their resolution goals each year. I found this article, by MaryEllen Tribby, when researching stats on, “Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work”. The author makes some really great points but I would ask you to consider this: How about setting a goal instead of a resolution? First, let’s identify what the difference is. Here is the definition of “resolution”, according to dictionary.com:
And the definition of a goal, according to dictionary.com is:
So why not consider setting a goal; working toward something in which you are directing effort? That has an end in sight? Typically, very firm resolutions are extremely challenging. And when we stumble, even just a little bit, we tend to give up. If we set and work towards a goal, even when we stumble, with the right process in place, we can get up and keep moving.
When you set a goal for yourself, there are two major factors to consider:
- Is your goal the “right” goal for you?
- Did you develop a plan to achieve your goal(s)?
As an iPEC life coach, I have been trained to use the “AIM SMART” process with my clients. Together we can help you set goals that are realistic, which is very important.
A – Acceptable – what is the minimum you can do?
I – Ideal – what is the maximum you can do?
M – Middle – what is in the middle; a realistic stretch?
After we have identified the goal you will AIM for, then you follow the SMART process:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Reasonable
T – Time-oriented
Have you tried the “AIM SMART” process before? How did it go for you?
I mentioned that I “sort of” made a resolution this year. The reason I said that was because I made a goal instead of a resolution (I actually made several goals but I’ll save that for a future blog). My goal for 2018 is to make more of an effort to keep in touch with family and close friends. This is a goal that is “right” for me and I developed a plan using the “AIM SMART” process. I should also mention that this goal is one that is tied to my heart. Creating and MAINTAINING relationships is very important to me. I will keep you posted on how it goes!
So let me ask you this: If you could pick one goal that, when achieved, would have a huge impact on your life what would it be? I would love to hear about it and how I may be able to help you achieve it. Feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me via my Facebook page. I look forward to it!