According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, already 29% of you have given up. We are barely over 2 weeks into the new year, and have already lost 1/3 of those who set New Years Resolutions ;-( Have you given up for the month or the year? That I could not find a statistic on. How will a failure this early in the year affect the outcome for the year? It likely depends on how important the goals was. I think is important to continue to dream and continue to get goals for yourself. Will you wake up tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year and be doing the exact routine you are in today? If that makes you happy, good for you! What I find with my clients is that would not satisfy them.
So will our goals for 2016 be different?
You have 2 choices:
My sources say no.
They will not be unless you change the way you make goals for yourself!
or...You better believe they will be!!!
Consider setting SMART goals for yourself! The acronym SMART helps you set goals that are more realistic.
Consider the difference between these two statements:
- I am going to purge and organize the house in 2016!
- I am scheduling 2 hours each Saturday to work on the basement purging and organizing. I give myself 4 weeks to purge and sort, that us 8 hours total. I want to reduce the amount of stuff stored down there by at least half (50%). I will keep track of the number of boxes that I take to donate on a notepad to track my progress. I will set aside the items that I can not make decision on, tell the person to whom the items belong where I put the items, and give them 3 weeks to remove the items or I will donate them. I will ask others living in the house to not put anything in the basement until I complete the project so I have control over my sorting. I will contact my accountant to determine what papers I need to keep for legal reasons. Then I will give myself 2 weeks (4 hours) to reorganize and determine if I need any storage containers or shelves. My friend Debbie will be my accountability partner and text me every Saturday evening to check on my progress. If she is willing, I will invite her over to have coffee and chat with me while I sort and purge. I will continue to set time aside each week to maintain the progress in the basement and then continue this plan of sorting, organizing and purging throughout the whole house...one room at a time, 2 hours each Saturday until it is complete!
Which goal do you think is more likely to be achieved?
Which goal is a SMART goal has been thought through with specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound structure?
Which goal most resembles the New Years Resolution you set for yourself?
Are you willing to give goal setting another chance and with a new format?