I’m a long-time believer in the idea that New Year’s Resolutions just don’t work. Now, there are studies on this idea. Basically, when you make a New Year’s Resolution you are set-up for failure.
Personally, the reason my resolutions never worked out was because I didn’t give them much thought. New Year’s Day I would say to myself, “OK 201?, this year I’m going to lose weight.” Maybe I’d go a few weeks drinking more water, spending some time using my treadmill, or cutting back on snacks. By February, I’ve put the idea of losing weight in the back of my mind, mostly forgetting about it. Until I put on my jeans and they don’t fit. Sound familiar? Come on, I know it’s not just me.
Here’s the problem with doing it this way:
- There is no motivation (Ex: last year I didn’t feel my healthiest self; I have a reunion coming up)
- There is no defined goal to hit (Ex:I will lose 1lb, 10lb, 100lb?)
- There are no action steps (By what methods will I make this happen)
- There is no way to track progress or setbacks (Did I do good for a while, what tripped me up, how can I get back on track?)
- There is no way to know when success has been hit (When do I celebrate? When can I say “I Did It.”)
- There is no reward for doing what I set out to do (How will I celebrate when I am successful)
- And it’s boring!
No wonder we fail when we make resolutions! There’s no strategy for success.
This year, I’m doing it different! Want to join me?
Earlier in 2016 I decided to join Leonie Dawson’s Shining Academy program (it’s great on so many levels, you should check it out!). The program came with free copies of her goal setting workbooks. I had seen them in the past and not purchased for whatever reason. The only thing I can remember is not really digging the artwork–thinking to myself that it wasn’t very professional or business like. *Note: it turns out that this is one of my favorite things about them!
Because the workbooks came with the program and I had never used them before, I didn’t really have any expectations. I was just waiting for them to arrive and would go from there.
Then… They Arrived!
After opening the box I have to say, I was impressed. They are beautiful. And well thought out as a whole. There are workbooks, calendars, and a to-do list pad. I flipped through all the pages: eyeballed, touched, smelled, compared, explored. I’m not going to lie to you, I was OVERWHELMED! Holy Shit, how long is it going to take me to go through all this? So, I reviewed some more and set them aside.
I started slow, creeping up on my 2017 goals like they were frightened baby deer.
I started using the To-Do List Pad (you know I love a good list). My Fav Features:
- Water intake (I color them in as I drink, sort-of fun and makes me drink more water)
- 3 most important to dos (highlights what you MUST Get Done)
- Side bar of to dos (I jot down an item for each little graphic)
A few days later I hung my wall calendar. It lives on the back of my office door because there is no empty wall big enough to put it. It’s still blank as I map out the details of my goals. It will be full soon enough.
I reviewed the Goal Planner…nope, too soon!
I’ve noticed some people in the FB group (oh, did I mention there was a FB group for workbookers?) wanting the daily spaces to be bigger for them to put All The Things in. My plan is to use this just for goals–what am I going to do to move closer to success of my goals this week– and have another for a daily planner.
I bought some Sharpie pens so I could mix up the colors if I wanted to. I had seen other workbookers’ pictures and they had all sorts of colors going on.
Finally, I dug into the Biz & Life books–starting with the year wrap up section. It felt pretty good to tell 2016 to buzz off. Thanks for the lessons, but I’m over you. From there, I set aside 1-hour everyday to work on my books. I’m at the end of the Biz book and about half way through the Life book.
What I love:
- Makes goal setting fun and pretty
- Narrows in on what you did (and didn’t) do in the year before
- Provides areas for inventory of what you’re doing now
- Allows room to think big
- Realizes what you could do
- Gets your mind working in the direction of what your top goals are
- Gives you motivation to get things done
As I wrap up the Biz book I am breaking everything down into bit sized projects that will help me achieve the goals I set out. Using the books, I have clear goals in mind with outlines of what I need to get them done, specific points to reach, and rewards set up for when I do. Instead of feeling an open ended “how is this going to be possible”, I am feeling equipped to succeed!
I’m hitting 2017 feeling ready to take on the ideas I set out for myself. Are you with me? Check out the workbooks here and if you decide to get them, let me know—I want to know your 2017 Goals.