The turn of a new year always invokes the generation of New Year Resolutions. Many of us have already determined what ours are for 2018. Yet, only 8% of resolutions are fulfilled. That’s right – 92% of the resolutions we have set will fail!
Let’s look at how we can set ourselves up for success:
Secret #1 - Specific
Write down your resolution. How clear and specific is it? Remember, resolutions are synonymous with goals. If your goal is not specific, you have not chance to achieve it because success is not well-defined.
If you want to grow in an area of knowledge or skill for your career over this next year, you must be clear about what gap you are seeking to close and express how you will know that you have closed that gap with the actions you plan to take.
Secret #2 - Realistic and Attainable
I recall several years ago encountering an individual who had been recently hired into an entry-level position. This individual stated that she wanted to move into role where she would be leading people. While that is certainly a good career goal, it was not realistic in a 12-18 month time frame given this individual’s past experiences.
That same resolution can be achieved by the following series of smaller resolutions: 1) gain subject matter expertise in key company processes, 2) teach colleagues about 3 process changes and their impacts, 3) learn the mechanics and logistics of 2 reports, etc. By breaking down the resolution into smaller bites, you are more likely to reach success and gain momentum towards your larger resolution.
Secret #3 – Accountable
One of my resolutions for 2018 involves a 7am meeting once a month on a Saturday. Saturdays tend to be the only day that I don’t have to jump out of bed and get moving right away so I know this one will be a challenge for me. So, rather than doing this on my own (and falling into the 92% once I hit February), I have engaged an accountability partner to help me stay on course.
Accountability partners can be mentors or coaches. There is a huge difference in following through on your actions to reach your goal when you have committed to a relationship with another person who will ask you if you completed what you said was important for you to complete.
I encourage you to take 15 -30 minutes this week to examine your New Year’s resolutions. Make the tweaks necessary now to set yourself up to be a part of the 8% of resolutions that are successfully meet this year.
Lesley provides individualized coaching to professionals who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers. She helps them uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world. Lesley has helped professionals from many different fields, including IT, healthcare, and education. Access Lesley’s free self-assessment to determine how well you recognize and use your God-given gifts