Success with New Year’s resolutions
Happy New Year! Did you make a New Years resolution? I like to ask this question, I get some very interesting (sometimes hilarious) answers! While we often hear the stats regarding people not succeeding with New Years resolutions the fact is that people who make specific, intentional resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make specific/intentional resolutions.
Here are a few other facts:
- 40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year.
How the most common resolutions are maintained as time goes on…
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%
So why make New Years resolutions? I think it is a great way to give a powerful, fresh start to a new year. Well thought out resolutions can be very empowering. Maybe the word resolution trips you up. Wendy Hearn states,
“What about committing to New Year changes and actions, rather than Resolutions? The key to achieving what you really want in life and business is to take action to achieve those changes. It’s the lack of action which stops us from having what we most want. What you want will be different for each individual and may include:
• More time in your personal life
• Less stress and more fun.
• Greater business and career success.
• Balance between work and home
• Altering your management or leadership style.
Thinking about New Year’s Resolutions may have made you aware that there are some changes you want to make. I encourage you to take steps on a consistent basis to make these changes, rather than vaguely tossing Resolutions around and not doing anything about them.”
I agree vague, casually spoken resolutions usually go nowhere. But well thought out, strategized resolutions have huge potential. So make some resolutions, set some goals and put the actions steps in place to achieve them.
Until next time,
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Posted on January 6, 2011, in goal setting, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged clarity, goals, Leadership, new year, Personal Growth, Planning for success, resolutions, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.