Well, here we are over a month into the new year. As most people do in the new year you started it off with goals, aspirations, and plenty to look forward to in 2015. But also like a lot of people, I’m sure you have let go of your new years resolutions. You have lost sight of your 2015 dreams and goals. Those new years resolutions you wrote down are now at the bottom of your office drawer.
But don’t worry. You are not alone. In fact, about 35% of people have lost sight of their new years resolution by February 1st. And by June that number increases to more than 50%. So, more than half of the people who make New Year’s resolutions don’t make it in the long run.
Why does this happen?
Is it because people are lazy? Unmotivated? Just quitters by nature?
NO!! Big fat NO in fact!
It’s because people don’t know how to set proper goals, and they don’t have a clear plan on how to accomplish those goals.
Most people have a vague, unclearly defined goal or goals they want to achieve in 2015. And that my friend, is where the problem lies. You need to have a clear idea of what you want and why you want it in order to be successful with your goals.
So how is it done?
You have to set a clear vision of what you want in the coming year. A vision statement helps guide you to where you want to be and provides the basis for the goals you set. Without a clear vision of what you want it is impossible to stick with your goals.
To create a vision statement, start by asking yourself these 6 questions:
What do I want in my life over the next year? Or, another way to put it is Who do I want to be?
Take a minute and really think about what it is that you want. Do you want to weigh a certain amount. Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to make more money? Get more sleep? It’s up to you. The key here is to focus more on what you do want and less on what you do not want. For example, instead of saying “I don’t want to weigh 250 pounds anymore.” Change it to, “I want to weigh 175 pounds.” Find what it is that you really want to come about over the next year and write it down.
Why is this important to me?
Once you are able to identify what it is you want in your life the next step is to figure out why you want to do this. Do you want to weigh 175 pounds because you want to be healthier, feel good about yourself, or reduce your risk for heart disease or diabetes. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you know why it’s important to you to achieve this vision you have for yourself. The “why” behind what you are doing is the driving force that is going to push you along and keep you going into becoming the person you want to be and doing the things you want to do.
What can I do to make this happen?
OK. So we know what we want to do and why we want to do it. Now it is time to identify the steps needed to help you to reach this new vision you have for yourself. This is where the actual goal setting steps begin. To use our example of losing weight, you would ask yourself “What do I need to do to weigh 175 lbs.” I recommend getting a sheet of paper and listing whatever comes to mind. Whether it be to exercise more, eat healthier meals, get more sleep, etc. Brainstorm for some ideas and write them down.
Now many people stop at this point when creating their goals for the New Year. But really, you are only half way there. To create goals that really stick you have to follow through with the next three steps.
What are my strengths in achieving this vision?
Take a minute to really think about what your strengths are. For some reason this is difficult for people. It’s hard to compliment yourself and say what you are good at. Especially for women! But everyone has special talents and gifts they bring to the table everyday. Find those gifts inside you and use them to your advantage. The strengths you possess are going to help you follow through and achieve the goals you set for yourself. Knowing what these strengths are allows you to use them to your advantage in reaching your goals for 2015.
What are the challenges I face?
It is also important to identify the challenges you may encounter on your journey to a healthier new you. By identifying those challenges early, you can identify ways of dealing with them when they occur. Maybe you have a husband who won’t eat your healthy meals. Maybe you will be too tired to work out 4 days a week. Whatever your challenges are, identify them and then come up with a plan to overcome them.
Who can support me on my journey?
You need support! Identify the people in your life who will be supportive of you. Share your vision with them and tell them you need their support. Let them know how they can help you meet your goals and achieve your vision. I really like to use my support system to help me overcome my challenges. If I’m craving something sweet, I know I can depend on my husband to help me find a healthier alternative to a big chocolate cake. Make sure you enlist the help of others on your journey to a healthier new you in 2015.
Whatever your vision is for the New Year I hope you are able to begin the path towards a healthy and happy you! I love hearing from you so please share with me what your vision is for 2015.