It seems almost everyone sets a New Year’s resolution each year. It also seems that most everyone sets a similar resolution, as they typically involve losing weight, becoming debt free, or accomplishing something within the personal growth category. This is all well and fine, but unfortunately, it seems that nearly everyone drops their resolutions shortly after the “newness” has left the year and the work begins.
This is common knowledge, yet most people, even myself, feel some sort of pressure to set a resolution. But setting a resolution requires one to limit themselves to accomplishing a single objective throughout the upcoming year, and this, to me, seems like a bad idea. You wouldn’t invest all of your money in a single company’s stock, so why invest all of your efforts into accomplishing a single task that is likely far more difficult than you imagine?
Instead, my philosophy is to create a set of goals to accomplish over the next year. This way, all of your “eggs” aren’t in a single basket. These goals could widely vary, and while some of which can be “far-fetched,” you should set a few that are realistically accomplishable. For example, you could create a list that included eating healthier, writing your first book, reading at least one chapter of a book daily, and becoming more productive at work. These areas all vary from each other, are relatively accomplishable, and include both small and large modifications to your lifestyle.
But if you only have one resolution in mind for the upcoming year, you can apply this approach as well in a non-diversified manner. For example, if you want your resolution to be losing weight, instead of saying “I want to lose 30 pounds this year,” you should instead set a few goals that you can accomplish throughout the year in your pursuit of losing weight, such as reducing portion sizes, or exercising at least 3 days per week.
If your resolution is to become financially secure, you could set goals such as reducing discretionary spending, increasing savings, paying off student debt, and starting a side business. If you accomplish all of these goals, you will likely accomplish your resolution; however, at year’s end, if you accomplished any of your goals, your efforts won’t seem completely wasted.
And while this may seem like a common-sense strategy, it is vital to succeeding at your goals for the year. Just as writing down a phone number helps you remember it, setting goals for the year will keep you accountable to yourself and enable you to follow your roadmap to accomplishing your resolution and other goals. So this year, instead of failing at another resolution, let’s succeed at accomplishing our goals and make positive changes in our lives. Who knows, you might even exceed the goals you set this year!