At the beginning of every year, millions of people create New Year’s resolutions. Whether their goal is to get a promotion, be more organized, eat healthy, or even travel more, the results are still the same. According to University of Scranton research, only 8% of people who make resolutions actually are successful in achieving their goals. If you are one of the 8%, this article is not for you—it’s for the rest of us underachievers! So you didn’t achieve the goals you set at the beginning of 2014? That’s okay. Here’s what you do next.
Evaluate Your Goal-Setting Process
Goals are imperative to becoming a better version of yourself. As a leader, you need to be constantly growing, and setting goals are a big part of that. But, maybe you’re establishing the wrong goals. Take a moment to revisit the list of resolutions you made at the beginning of the year. How many, if any, did you achieve? What is the fundamental difference between the goals you accomplished and the ones you failed to see to fruition? Chances are the group of goals you had success with was the one that contained attainable resolutions with clear-cut guidelines and sufficient purposes to accomplish them. Don’t underestimate the power of motivation. “Become financially successful” or “become a better leader” aren’t easily defined goals. Finding traction to get going on fulfilling those is nearly impossible. Write out exactly what you want and need to do or be. Additionally, write out why you want to achieve the certain goals. The “why” will help you when the will to achieve is gone. Read More→