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New Year, New Me… Until February

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a fresh start.  The turn of the calendar to a new year often brings new goals to mind and a long list of things we want to accomplish in the year.  Now that we’re one month into 2020, and hopefully one month of progress made toward your goal, where do you stand with truth of your resolutions?  A study by U.S. News reported that by February 80% of new years resolutions were already broken.  So how do you recover from a break in your disciplines or falling short of a goal?

Ask if this goal is still important to you

Why was this a goal you wanted to achieve to begin with?  Why is it important to you?  What difference will it make in your life once it’s completed?  Reassess if this is still something you want to commit to.  Is the reason you’ve lacked because it turns out it’s not as important as you thought?  Did you bite off more than you can chew?  (Guilty!)  Or did you fail to make a plan to get it done?

Get Specific!

It’s easy to identify the what-maybe your goal is to save money, start running, or travel to a new city.  By being specific about exactly how much you want to save, how much to run each month, or a list of a few cities you definitely want to go to will help narrow your focus and create goals around those.  It’s difficult to stay accountable to unclear goals.  If at the end of the year you’ve saved $50 or run 10 times did you hit your goal?  That’s probably not the intention you set out with. 

Make a Plan

As Dan Sullivan has taught us, “All progress starts by telling the truth.” Begin by asking yourself what’s true about your goal and your progress today.  What do you need to do to get where you’re going?  Make benchmarks for yourself whether that’s every week, month, quarter.  If your goal is to run a fall marathon, how far can you run now?  How many times each week can you commit to running?  How will you need to increase your mileage to be prepared for the full distance by the end of summer? 

Be Flexible

It’s important to be realistic and flexible with yourself.  Remember why you chose this goal and know that other priorities may take precedence from time to time.  If your goal is to save for a bathroom remodel but you have a flood in your basement-you might have to rearrange the savings that month.  Going forward, determine if you’re able to catch up from the missed month or can the bathroom be delayed for another month.  It’s your goal, you get to choose!

Transform Your Experience

If you’ve attempted your goals before but they didn’t work out how you planned, reflect on what happened.  What worked?  What didn’t work?  If you could do it again what would you do differently?  What process will you take this time, going forward, to make yourself successful based on what you know?  Take these steps to set yourself up for success.  Although life will inevitably happen and may get in the way of your progress, stay focused on your why and committed to your how.  Remember you don’t have to do it alone, build your team around you to support you in your success.