The year is only half way over! There’s still plenty of time to achieve your 2014 New Year’s Resolution.
How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Looking?
It’s June. And if you’re like almost half of your fellow Americans, six months ago you set some sort of New Year’s resolution.
Perhaps you are in the small majority that is still going strong and has avoided the dreaded “broken resolution.” But, if you’re like most of your fellow Americans, it’s more than likely you have broken your resolution in one way or another.
So is that it? Is the goal you thought so hard about and carefully planned for during those days leading up to the New Year lost?
As a sports fan I appreciate sport’s analogies and believe there is one fit to be shared here. And even if you’re not a sports fan I believe there is still something here for you.
Sports are often split into two halves. Teams frequently fall behind in the first half and yet still end up winning the game. Postgame interviews with players and coaches are full of quotes that refer to the adjustments made or motivation provided during halftime that helped the team come out in the second half, overcome the deficit, and win the game.
In the game of life, or for the sake of salvaging our 2014 New Year’s resolution, let’s call it the game of 2014; we are basically sitting in the locker room at halftime. Seven full months (if you include all of June) lay before us, challenging us to stand up and get back on the track we fell off of at some point after January 1st.
If you believe what you’ve read so far, then right now you’re probably thinking “Great. So, now what do I do?”
(You can) start by looking at the goal you wrote down on January 1st. Does it still make sense? Is it still something you want to accomplish this year? If it is, then look back and write down what things were helpful in moving you towards achieving the goal and what things eventually led to your breaking it. Come up with ideas that will allow you to be more successful during your “second half.”
A quick example from my own life is my 2014 resolution to work out five days per week. The goal was broken in January (darn it). So what things derailed me from working out? As I reflect back on this, I recall late nights often led to my decision to sleep in, which in turn caused me to miss my planned workout times. So what can I do to make sure that doesn’t happen again? Several things: I can start going to bed earlier, I can set a more realistic workout time, I could have a workout buddy to keep me further committed to the goal, etc.
If you really do have a halftime “inventory” with yourself, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you’ve learned as far as how to be successful. Some of humanities’ greatest achievements were reached partially because the men and women involved saw their mistakes, chose to learn from them and proceeded forward.
After you self-reflect and write down your new plan, try posting what you’ve written in an area that you frequently see. A common phrase associated with goal setting is “a goal not written is merely a wish.” There is power in writing goals and increased power in frequently seeing them.
With your resolution revamped, re-written and posted, you now need to go and implement your newly discovered knowledge and plan. Does that feel daunting? It may be a bit challenging as you take that first step, but remember that you’ve learned from your mistakes and your chances of succeeding are better than ever. Plus, you don’t have the annoying wave of feelings and pressure the come with the standard January 1st resolution. There’s a good chance you’ll see that people are more supportive and have greater belief in you.
So, now that you’re pumped and motivated and have hopefully received a little jump start from this article, go make it happen. You can feel discouraged now and at the end of December that you did not achieve your goals, or you can feel reenergized now and accomplished come December. The choice is yours. Make 2014 the year you keep your resolution.