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MY APPROACH TO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS ON SETTING GOALS AND GIVING YOURSELF PERMISSION TO FAIL
A s people all across the globe gear up to ring in the new year, they can’t help but think about goals they might try to reach in the upcoming months. With the strong social media presence in recent years, even those who strongly protest the idea of New Year’s resolutions find themselves joining in on the #NewYearNewMe mindset. Unfortunately, statistics indicate 80 percent of resolutions set in that first week are long forgotten by the end of February. In my opinion, people’s inability to stick with these goals doesn’t necessarily have anything to do their work ethic; it’s about the overall approach to New Year’s resolutions. The business world has taught me the value of a reset, especially when it comes to setting goals. In our office, for example, we set new goals every quarter. After three months, we evaluate whether or not we reached those goals, and if we didn’t, we brainstorm new operations or processes to help us reach them in the upcoming quarter. While this is common business practice, quarterly goal
you have to start by doing 10 each day and move forward from there. In my experience, humans work better in short bursts, and New Year’s resolutions are no exception. In addition to helping you set more measurable goals, quarterly evaluations are great for individual morale. If you set a goal at the beginning of the quarter and realize three months in that you didn’t achieve it, you can reset and restart in the upcoming quarter rather than feeling like a failure for the entire year and starting over next January. Quarterly goals give you the opportunity to approach your objectives with a fresh perspective. More importantly, they allow you to forgive yourself if you don’t achieve those New Year’s resolutions the first time around. I’ve found that humans have this idea that they can work on everything in life all at once. They say, “I can get this six-pack, spend more time with my family, finish this huge project, and get more clients simultaneously.” But you can’t do everything at once. Pace yourself and find your focus; you’re more likely to reach your goal if you approach it in shorter bouts and give yourself permission to fail.
setting works outside of the office as well. For example, millions of people resolve to improve their health. They might say, “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I want to be able to do 100 pushups.” But the problem lies in the fact that you can’t just wake up in the morning and be a supermodel or a professional athlete. It takes more than one big goal, and it takes more than a good dose of motivation. You have to set up smaller, measurable objectives along the way. If you want to lose 10 pounds, you have to change your diet and create realistic gym routines. If you want to do 100 pushups,
By reevaluating your goals each quarter, you no longer have to feel guilty just because you didn’t make it to the gym, learn a new language, join a book club, or travel the world. People need to remember that life is a series of adjustments. So as you start 2019, allow yourself to fail and reset, and most importantly, don’t give up.
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