2015 is upon us! Wahoo! Cheers! Have you set your New Year goals yet? Do you know that 60% of New Year goals will fail!?? *Imagine record scratching sound here!* Now don’t get all discouraged and throw in the towel just yet. I can help you Fancy Pants!
Here are the top 2 reasons your New Year goals will fail:
Your New Year goals are not written from YOUR heart. They lack passion.
Your New Year goals lack an action plan. You do not have a plan for success.
So let’s dig a little deeper into reason #1…
Your New Year goals must be from Your heart! Raise your hand if you have a best friend! Yes, we all have that one friend we connect with, hang out with, and do everything with. HER New Year goal may be to lose 10 pounds. YOU aren’t really feeling it. Yes, YOU would LUV to lose a little weight, but YOU really don’t want to watch what you eat. BUT, she begs and begs you to do it with her. “Come on Jenny, you know I can’t do it alone. Be my helper. We can work out together. We can order salads for lunch and encourage each other. Pleassssseeee!!!” So you say yes to make her stop begging already!
It’s HER goal, not YOURS. The goal will lack passion for you and also hold resentment. You’ll make a start, but never finish. And you will blame it on failed New Year’s Resolutions. These damn things just never work!
Why set yourself up for that kind of disappointment? Don’t! Do! It! Go take a drive or take a long bubble bath and search YOUR heart for what makes YOU feel passionate. Something that you know you need AND can be successful in accomplishing.
Are you ready for reason #2?
Do you remember the old TV series The A-Team? They always had a PLAN, an action plan to be specific! Your New Year goals must, must, must have an action plan. You cannot simply say, “I will lose 10 lbs.” or “I will start working out.” or “I will watch less TV.” or ” I will turn off Facebook more.” Without giving yourself any clear directions, you have destined yourself for failure.Click To Tweet
Here’s an example of actionable steps to define your goal AND ensure success:
Let’s say you want to lose some weight. This is usually at the top of everyone’s New Year list! You have to define some parameters and ask yourself some questions. Be honest with your answers. (Come on, we all lie to ourselves. Don’t lie.) And just as important, make sure your steps are attainable! So here we go:
- MY goal: Lose 10 lbs. (Question asked from my heart: WHAT do I want and need?)
- I will lose 1 lb per week. I will allow myself 12 weeks to accomplish my goal. This will allow me a 2-week cushion in case there are special occasions, occasionally food cheating, or simply a bad week in which I indulge too much. (Question asked: WHEN is my due date; WHEN is my deadline?)
- I will allow myself 1 Coke a week, I will eat kids meals from fast food restaurants when we order out, I will only eat 2 Oreo cookies after work rather than 4-10 cookies, I will only have a palm size serving of each food when fixing my plate, I will eat breakfast (a K-bar) every morning, I will exercise for 15 minutes 3x per week during week 1 and I will increase to 30 minutes 3x per week during week 2. (Question asked: HOW will I accomplish my goal?)
**An important note about ATTAINABILITY! Don’t torture yourself! Be good to yourself! For example, if you know giving up drinking Cokes is going to kill you, then give up something else instead. Don’t give up something cold turkey. Instead slowly wean yourself. Things didn’t happen over night. Confession time: last year I set an unattainable inventory goal! Yes I wrote my production time timetable down and knew it was harsh, but thought I could push myself. Well guess what Sherlock? I didn’t meet that goal. well, helloooo, you can’t make yourself miserable AND successfully achieve a goal. I was much nicer to myself this year and I’m even more excited because the goal is REAL. Keep it real!!
Write down your goals and your action steps. This holds you more accountable as well as helping you to remember what you said. Raise your hand if you ever had a great idea and lost it due to CRS disease! (CRS disease: Can’t Remember Shit!)
That’s it Chica! Search your heart, make a plan, allow for mistakes, write it down, and get started beating that stinky statistic above! And if you’re curious, why yes I do make New Year goals. I got serious last year and created a Pinterest board using the idea behind using One Word to define your year. I also wrote down what I wanted and the actions/steps to get me there. You can see the blog post here and that Pinterest board here. It did work too!
I have found my One Word for 2015 and created the graphic/visual for it already. I left you a sneak peek below. I will be creating and posting that 2015 Pinterest board too. I’ll let you know when it’s ready. I’m also working on my biz + personal goals and writing it all down + creating those action steps. I’m still doing a little soul searching and taking my time to make sure everything is from MY HEART.
So what are you doing to prepare for 2015? Are you excited or indifferent? Do you make New Year goals? I’d LUV to hear all about your plans Fancy Pants. Please talk and share with me in the comments. Happy New Year!
Looking for more tips for successful new year goals setting and exactly where did I find the 60% statistic. Click here and read on.