New Year’s resolutions? What New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you’re over it. Maybe you want to barf a little just hearing the words New Year’s resolutions. I get it. If that’s you, choke it down for a few minutes and keep reading.
If you’ve forgotten your resolution, please know you aren’t alone. Today, the success rate of sticking to that change you thought was so f*@&ing spectacular last week drops to 77%. In. One. Week. By the end of this month, it’s down to a 55% success rate. I don’t want you be a Devolving Resolver. I want you to succeed!
A half-decade of coaching people will teach you a thing or two. One of those things is:
Action without preparation will fail.
Setting a resolution on an arbitrary day like NYE (or a birthday) will never replace a goal that's been contemplated, splashed with distilled emotional motivation, and shaken (or stirred) with obstacles, constraints and requirements. Like an artfully crafted cocktail, it takes thought and planning.
I could quote you more facts and figures about resolutions, motivation or planning. You’re busy. Let’s just get down to bolstering the action you’ve already taken (or perhaps procrastinated).
This year, you’re going to be S.M.A.R.T.E.R. in 10 minutes. [Note: Some of you may have heard of SMART goal-setting. Why? Because it works…if you do it.] Gauntlet thrown, my friend. Here’s what you need:
- That ooey gooey, desire-drenched change you have in mind
- A pen
- A piece of paper (or a cocktail napkin?)
- A timer
Ready? Give yourself 1 minute to capture your thoughts on each of the following aspects below. Go with your gut. Don’t edit. Go!
Specific (S) - What do you want to accomplish this year? Why is it important? Where does it take place? Who’s involved? Brain-dump all the granular details you can.
Measurable (M) - How much? How many? How will you measure progress?
Attainable (A) - Do you have the skills and/or resources to get things done? If not, how will you acquire them? How about your attitude?
Realistic or Relevant (R) - Are you ready, willing and able to work (yes, work) towards your goal right now? If not, what needs to change? What obstacles exist? Is the goal still worthwhile?
Time-specific (T) - When do you want to achieve this goal? Where will you schedule time to make progress? Is it sustainable?
Emotionally Resonant (ER) - What excites you about making progress? How do you want to feel when you’ve done what you set out to do? What are intentions to keep you focused?
Next 3 minutes: Revisit any of the questions. Review what you wrote. Identify a next step or 2. (Not 200.) Go deeper.
Final 1 minute: Condense and restate your goal in words that inspire you. Not your partner. Not the The Jones' next door. YOU. Bonus points for proudly displaying it where you cannot escape the sight of it.
What did you come up with? Me and my comment box below are dying to find out.