This is it. We have turned the corner and arrived at a new year. Not only a new year but a new decade (yeah, I know some say that the new decade doesn’t start until next year- whatever.) So, what “new year’s resolutions”, or goals if you like, do you have for 2020? What is your vision for 2020?
What? You don’t have a new year’s resolution you say?! Okay, I get it. I have teeter-tottered on this idea in years past. “Yes, I have a new year’s resolution”. “No, I don’t believe in setting those, everyone fails by month (or week) two!” But the truth is, I have always liked the idea of getting a fresh start. There’s just something about it. It’s like freshly fallen snow. It’s exhilarating, energizing and fun!
But no one likes to fail. What’s the motivation in that? And studies show that 80% of people that make new year’s resolutions do just that. Did I just take the air right out of your tires? Well, stick with me here.
While it’s true that people fail at achieving their new year’s resolutions more often than not, it’s also true that IT’S TOTALLY POSSIBLE to achieve your goals for 2020! But it takes more than just a day thinking about what you’d like to change, writing it down and then being gung-ho for a week or two to make those goals a reality! In fact, it takes several things. Read on.
Goal planning is a process. First of all, you need to know what it is that you want to change. This requires some quiet time to determine what that is and more importantly, WHY! So you have a goal of losing weight? WHY? Why do you want to lose weight? Knowing your why can keep you motivated when the going gets tough. And it will. Promise.
You also need a reality check. Is your goal realistic? How confident are you that you can achieve your goal? Are you ready to change? Is this a goal that YOU picked and are motivated by? Changing habits requires work. Realistically speaking, setting small, attainable goals ensures the likelihood of success.