5 Resolution Success Habits
I hate to be the one to tell you this but there is a 99.9% chance that your new years resolution will not happen next year-or any year! I recently wrote an article that supported this belief on LinkedIn but thought that it would be wrong as a motivational strategist to tell of a problem and not provide a solution. First, lets look at the foundation of the word “resolution.” Here are a few definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary:
- a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
- the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
- a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
When you analyze a resolve from the definition’s perspective, it goes a little deeper than the meaning we have applied to it. For many, it has become an annual wish on a wish list, not a resolve, course of action, method or a group intention as the actual definition tells us. A resolve is interpersonal, connected to a deeper meaning and often has a collective purpose to it. In reality, it is often not about the benefit to me alone, but the benefit to many others. An example of this is if you plan on losing weight this year, it should have connections to better health, quality of life, etc., but is should also should be steeped in the fact that I want to live longer to enjoy my family and friends. I want to live a life of purpose so it should also be viewed as being around for a longer period of time to make my life count. To help others as I help myself! This takes it from the annual resolve to lose weight to a deeper more meaningful reason to lose the weight.
Now this all sounds good but there are a few additional aspects to consider for resolution success and they are all found in the multiple definitions of resolutions. Here are 5 that I was able to pull from the aforementioned definitions:
- Make It A Group Intention-Do not dare try to go it alone. Create an accountability club or group or find an accountability partner or someone else who can help. You have a better chance of success using collectivism over individualism.
- Establish A Course of Action-My best advice is to break your annual resolution down into a monthly resolution and if you struggle to go one month, how about a week? With your accountability group or individual, look at what you can accomplish this week or month. Weekly analysis is of most importance for we are creatures of habit. If you do not analyze weekly, your habits will take over and the resolution will fade away.
- Create A Method That Works For You-Just because it is sold on TV and promises are made, does not mean it will work for you. What works best for you based upon your time schedule? What mode of operations are you most comfortable operating in? If your goal is to go into business for example, what is the best way to operate this business? What systems do you need to put in place to assure daily success? Again, you are the one who has to make this happen so do not go with a cookie cutter approach. Run with the one that works for you!
- Make A Decision-If this becomes a decision instead of a resolve, you succeed. The reason is this, when you decide to do something, it is easier to say no to other things. I hate to sound insensitive but you have more people in your life that are not goal oriented than those who are. Many times to their dislike, you are going to have to say NO to their desires and wishes for you. People can distract you more than anything else so you need to make a decision this year to make a few sacrifices in order to achieve your goals. Just say NO from time to time and watch the progress you make.
- Be Firm-Get this resolution locked into your mind. Fight to keep it from slipping away. Meet with your accountability partner weekly. Our minds love our old habits and this is why most do not succeed. We slip back into the same old mode of operating. Be firm in your resolve and keep the resolution as a top priority. Do not let it fade away this year!
Well there you have it. You have a formula given to us via definition that can lead to success. The ball is now in your court. Take the shot with the expectation of hitting the goal! If you miss, pick the ball up again and keep shooting! Your resolutions can be achieved, but you have to move them from a wish list to a course of action encompassed by a dream team.
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