No, the title isn’t a mistake. This is the time of year when we look back to assess our lives over the past 12 months and plan for the next year. For most of us, this means New Year’s resolutions.
According to statisticbrain.com, 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most common resolutions are:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Save more
- Quit smoking
- Stay fit
Resolutions tend to be inwardly focused – all about us! Our body, our life, our habits. Yet, according to Forbes.com, only 8% of us will succeed in keeping those resolutions. Why?
Apparently, we are all a little too ambitious when looking at what we want to accomplish in the coming year. Instead of focusing on 1 or 2 worthy goals, we develop a laundry list of things we want to change or accomplish. A long list of to-do’s can be overwhelming and set us up for failure.
So, consider setting a few, small, attainable goals to focus on throughout the year so you don’t become overwhelmed. I would suggest that those goals should also be measurable. A measurable goal can help us stay focused and let us know when we have met the goal, or if we need to adjust our tactics. For example, don’t just say you want to lose weight. Instead, state that you want to lose 5 pounds by March 1. It’s a sensible goal, it’s timebound and it’s measurable.
Just stating a goal isn’t enough. You must have a plan that will help you meet that goal. If you want to lose 5 pounds by March 1, what will you need to do to make that happen? Your plan would likely include:
- Exercise – detail what type and how often.
- Gym – can you afford a gym membership or will you need to focus your exercise plan around a home gym or personal activities such as walking or running?
- Healthy eating – decide what type of food you will eat and what you will avoid. How will you handle food at parties or out to dinner with a friend?
- Partner – some of us do better when we have a workout buddy or someone we report to on our progress.
A plan can help you make those daily changes that are necessary to help you attain your goal. A goal without a plan is really just a dream.
Once you’ve accomplished a goal, you can replace it with another. This can set up a cycle of continuous improvement that can become a lifestyle.
Happy New Year! Happy New You! Multi-Craft hopes that your 2017 is everything you want it to be!