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New Years Resolutions = Epic Fail?

The stats are in  – 25% of new years resolutions are broken within the first week and 35% don’t make it past the first month. A little discouraging I’d say…..

I’m really curious to hear why you think that is and I will share my two cents on it. While I think the idea of new years resolutions is good, I believe they are flawed in two ways…

1. Often times, they are too vague and general: I’m going to eat better.  I’m going to exercise more. I’m going to make more money. I’m going to quit smoking  –  How are these measured? How will you know you’ve succeeded? How will you be held accountable to them?

2. They are formulated by focusing on the past as a driver for the future. This puts you in a chronic state of damage control and catch up, constantly focusing on and trying to change things you never got around to changing or weren’t happy with from the year before.

Let’s try something a little different shall we…let’s start with the future. What do you want your life to be like 5 or 10 years from now – what do your relationships look like? who are you hanging around? what kind of job are in? what is your lifestyle like? what kind of physical shape are in? Paint this picture of what your life looks like in the future and then use that as a driving force for when you plan out your goals for the year -> what can you do this year that will get you closer to that?…

Every year I search for a new goal setting process that I can use to set my goals for the year. This year Robin Sharma’s 5 step process hit the mark for me.  Here it is….

1.Celebration. Write out highlights from 2010: your successes, wins, accomplishments, and special moments. This helps build confidence, appreciation and momentum for the New Year.

2. Education. Write down the things that you learned from 2010.

a. What were your top three business lessons?

b. What were your top three life/personal lessons?

c. What you were doing/what were your best practices when you achieved your best results?

3. Clarification. The purpose of this step is to help you get clear about what you want to achieve.

a. List out your Big 5 – these are things that need to happen this year to make it your best year yet. Look at these every day.

b. List your top 5 core values.

c. List your top 15 goals for the next 12 months.

4. Graduation. Take your goals, core values, and big 5 and sequence them into a month-by-month plan of execution so you know where you need to be each month. Put them on one double sided page.  This is your Graduated Plan of Execution for the next 12 months. Carry this with you.

5. Visualization. Visualize where you will be and how you will feel on Dec. 31, 2011 when you’ve achieved all of your goals.

Here is his video of the process.

If you’ve fallen off the resolutions rails, don’t stress, just get back up, dust yourself off and keep on keepin on. There’s plenty of year left to make it an amazing one!

Till next time…

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