Resolutions… Are You Setting Yourself Up To Fail?

As one year ends and another begins we all take some time to think about New Year’s Resolutions, both personal and professional. At the beginning of the year we are pumped and ready to make our resolutions a success. But are we setting ourselves up for success or failure?

In January we start with renewed energy and we make good progress. In February we continue our progress and we are feeling enthusiastic about making our resolutions happen. By March we are starting to feel overwhelmed and the Christmas break seems like a long time ago but we keep trying to work on our resolutions. By April we are caught up in the everyday workings of our business and life and there doesn’t seem to be enough time to think about what we need to do to make our resolution a success. It’s a downward spiral from there…

Which road will we take from here… Success or Failure!

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As an example let’s use the typical personal goal of “getting fit and losing weight”. I have set myself this resolution more times that I care to think about. I always start the year with great enthusiasm, I start to exercise and I watch what I eat, this works really well until Australia Day. Then we have the Australia Day celebrations and I think one day off won’t matter and I think I’ve done really well. Then February comes along with a couple of birthday celebrations and I think a little bit of cake is ok and a few glasses of wine to celebrate won’t make a difference, after all I’m doing really well and I deserve a treat. By March I’m tired of exercising, I’m missing my favourite foods and I’m losing motivation. By April I’ve become so busy with work, the family and life in general I’ve forgotten why I set myself this resolution and old habits are creeping in. By May I’ve given up and decide it’s getting too cold to go out and exercise and I’ll start back up when it’s warmer. Resolution – FAIL!

So is it really the best idea to set ourselves a New Year’s Resolution? I don’t think we set ourselves up for success I believe we set ourselves up to fail when we decide on resolutions at the beginning of the year. We would be in a much better position to succeed if we simply set ourselves new goals for the year and created a plan to reach those goals. The problem with resolutions is we don’t make a plan!

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As the old saying goes:

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
— Benjamin Franklin

If you have decided on a New Year’s Resolution then I suggest you stop and take some time to create a plan on how you will achieve that resolution. Turn it into a goal! Break your plan down into small achievable goals, these small steps will lead you to the bigger goal and help you succeed.

Remember that you don’t have to achieve all of your goals on your own. Support is always available, you only have to reach out and ask.

What are your goals for this year? Will you ask for support to help you succeed in your plan and reach your goals? If you need business support to make your business goals a success, ask us how we can help you make those goals and resolutions a reality! Contact us today to discuss your goals.