Every year, I see some sort of meme proclaiming that some large percentage of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by January 3. Or something like that. Honestly, it seems to vary every time I see one.
To be honest, though, they’re all probably right. Most New Year’s resolutions fail, because the excitement wears off and the reality of hard work sets in. And it’s hard to be enthusiastic about hard work for its own sake.
With that in mind, then, how do I plan to follow through on a bunch of goals that aren’t ‘New Year’s resolutions’ but which happen to have kicked off on New Year’s Day?
With a lot of work, that’s how.
More seriously, my wife and I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve going through Michael Hyatt’s Five Days to Your Best Year Ever program, which was all about setting goals and then following through with them. Here’s a really quick version of the important things I learned from the class:
- Write your goals down.
- Make them big, big enough that you have to work hard to achieve them.
- Make them measurable, so you know what success looks like.
- Reread them daily, to remind yourself what they are.
- Review them weekly, to make sure the process you have for achieving them works.
- Review them quarterly, to see if you’ve succeeded and, if you haven’t, to see if they need to be revised or replaced.
There’s a whole lot more to it than just that, of course. But all my goals are written down, and the action steps are plotted out and scheduled, and I’m feeling really good about them. Kind of nervous, because they’re big goals, but excited.
And a touch sore. Right now, even five pushups is a lot of work.