I find it hard to believe we’ve almost reached the end of the year! My thoughts are consumed by trying to remember everything I need to do before the New Year. However, I also know how important it is to plan for what I want to accomplish next year – before next year arrives.
If you’re like most people, your planning probably consists of making a New Year’s resolution. And, like most people (including me!), you promptly forget about that resolution within a few weeks. Instead of going through that unproductive cycle again this year, you can plan ahead to make – and keep – a great resolution.
How do I make a resolution that will last?
A New Year’s resolution is often viewed as a special kind of pledge, but really – it’s just a goal. And, like any goal, you won’t be successful in achieving it unless it meets three important criteria:
- It is meaningful and purposeful. Your resolution should support something greater you want to see change in your life.
- It is realistic and achievable. Your resolution should be possible to accomplish and, more importantly, possible for YOU to accomplish.
- It is something you really want to do. If it isn’t, you won’t be committed to it.
What can I do to stay on track to achieve my resolution?
First, develop a detailed plan and timeline. Break your plan into small steps that are easy to achieve. Map out how you will accomplish these steps.
Next, identify potential challenges that might prevent you from reaching your goal. Outline ways you can overcome these challenges.
Finally, engage others to support you and celebrate your success. Share your resolution with others and ask them to help hold you accountable.
If you keep these things in mind and start planning now, you will be able to make – and keep – a great New Year’s resolution.
Jene Kapela, Ed.D.
Do you need help with goal setting and follow-through? Contact Jene at firstname.lastname@example.org.