This is the time of year when setting a 2018 New Year’s resolution is a popular topic. Many are having a conversation about goal setting either with others or silently within. Whatever your goals or dreams might be for the forthcoming year, keeping these seven things in mind may just help you achieve a few wins for you.
Seven Things To Consider When Setting Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution:
1. Conviction: Your goal should be something that you believe is best for you. The plan for your colleague might fit them perfectly but for whatever reason is not well suited for your lifestyle. If you aren’t convinced this is the right goal for you, then chances are the doubt will eventually override your ability to achieve the goal.
2. Capacity: Make sure you have the capacity to accomplish the resolution and within a reasonable time frame. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon in eight weeks and you’ve never run a mile, then this might not be a realistic dream. Sure, there are always exceptions to any rule, but don’t set yourself up for failure either.
3. Courage: Choosing a new path, rather it be for personal or professional reasons, can be filled with fear and angst. It takes a fair amount of courage to set forth on this new journey. For example, it might getting up the courage to ask for help. Recognizing that role courage can play in manifesting your goals is important.
4. Clarity: Be clear about your goal. Sometimes resolutions don’t work because they are vague, such as, “I want to feel better.” Ask yourself, if you desire to make an improvement in your professional or personal life and then get even clearer about the results you want to see. Having a clear picture of the outcome you desire will help you focus your attention on something very specific.
5. Compassion: As you probably know, things often seldom go as planned. You may spend hours researching and developing an action plan to help you manifest your goal and then something unforeseen occurs. Show yourself some compassion along the way and be gentle with the messages you send yourself. You may need to tweak things and modify your goal, but walking away completely might not be the answer.
6. Connection: Whenever you are embarking on a new journey, it helps to connect with individuals who are either on the same journey or may have accomplished your goal. In reaching out to them, you may learn some valuable lessons that will help you meet your goal, and in connecting with others they may inspire you to stay focused when things get tough.
7. Commitment: While this might seem obvious, if you can’t put forth the effort and time it takes to stay committed to your goal, chances are you won’t be successful. Manifesting a desired outcome often takes a lot of sweat (both literally and figuratively) and time. Rarely, do things just magically appear so a commitment to your resolution is key to success.
This is your time to ask yourself what you desire for the upcoming year in your personal and professional life. Seeking a new direction takes courage so be compassionate with the messages you are sending yourself along the way and don’t be afraid to ask for help.