I was reading a blog post the other day, and it hit a nerve about goal achievement in connection to New Year Resolutions – something I’ve written about a lot over the years. In this article I’m going to cover the important point it brought home to me…
The blog post, right at the end, had a 3 word sentence.
December is coming.
That was it, and the context was that even though it was only early January, the arrival of the next December was as inevitable as night follows day. In fact it’s inevitable precisely *because* night follows day!
Apart from Christmas, December naturally brings that end of year feel, a sense of bringing down the curtain. The New Year that follows brings in turn a sense of optimism, and the New Year Resolution. I really have written often that I’m not a fan, and that you are better setting your goals any time *other* than New Year!
That’s because the jokey nature attaching inbuilt failure to New Year Resolutions gives all sorts of wrong messages to your subconscious about your own ability to set and achieve a goal.
One week later, the vast majority of resolutions have failed, and that’s even if they’ve been remembered at all!
So, let me tie together the prospect of December’s arrival with the title of this article…
1 down, 51 to go? Of course I’m talking about weeks in the year! One week in, and if your resolutions are in that huge heap of failed ones I mentioned, then now is the time to do it properly!
How many times have you hit New Year and told yourself that *this* will be the year, that *this* time you’ll make real progress, only to find that 1 week in everything is the same, with no plan for anything to change?
Well, 1 week of the year has gone, and the fact that there are only 51 left is something you cannot change. That number will go down and down, whether you spend them doing exactly the same as before, or whether you do something different!
It needs different action to get different results, so if you haven’t set your goals properly to include belief and that first step of action to take, then the 2nd week of the year will be the same.
So will the 3rd week. So will the 4th.
Er, you get the idea!
So, if you really do want to see this year bring different results, forget the jokey New Year Resolutions. Take on board the fact that the 52 weeks of every year will tick by whatever you do. Make the decision that by the time next December does come round, you will be further down the road to change having taken the steps you set out for yourself.
It’s a great concept to use, to consider your progress against your plans, and it can be done at any time of year (although if you leave it until next week, another week will have gone!)
That’s it for today – do let me know what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. If you enjoy this article, you might like to read another article –
‘Goal Achievement – Step Away From That New Year Resolution!’