Did you make New Year’s Resolutions? If you did, how are you doing?
If you’re not doing so well, you’re not alone. Most people make resolutions and break them. Most people make the same resolutions every year and break them every year.
Four out of five people, according to one study, don’t keep their resolutions. In fact, about a third of them don’t last until February.
Making changes is never easy. But it can be done. We’ll give you some steps for being resolute in this blog and in some future blogs, too. We also will share some of our own experiences with making and achieving goals.
How do you get from here to there?
The Resolute Woman has a plan, and her plan is her road map.
When you go on a trip, you check a map to see how you get from here to there. When you want to make a change in your life, you need a plan that can serve as your road map. You need goals.
Define your goals.
What do you really want to accomplish? What is most important to you? Why? Most of us can benefit from a little soul searching. Define your goals and then write them down. Discuss them with your spouse or a friend.
Write down specific, measurable goals.
Don’t defeat yourself. Are your goals reasonable? You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to kill yourself trying to do the impossible. You don’t have to accomplish everything immediately.
Keep on track.
Write down whether or not you’ve achieved your goal. Every day. If you haven’t, get back on track. The very next day.
Each of us makes choices. Over and over again. Do you work late or leave work early enough to eat dinner with your family? Often, achieving one goal interferes with achieving another goal. We all need to think carefully about our priorities.
If you’ve established priorities and made choices, you’ll find it’s easier to make decisions. If you’ve made a daily walk a priority, you’ll walk whether you’re busy or not. Sometimes, of course, you might go for a shorter walk.
If you’ve made it a priority to have dinner every night with your family, you’ll leave work earlier. If you have work that needs to be finished, you might do a little work after your children are in bed or after dinner while your husband helps with homework. Occasionally, you may not make it home in time for dinner, but your priority will help you ensure that you make that occasionally a rare occurrence.
If you have a plan, you’ll be headed in the right direction. You can be confident that you’ve taken the first steps toward achieving your goals.
Watch for our next blog entry. We’ll give you some examples of how we’ve made goals and worked to achieve them.