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New Year, New Game

THIS is the year to wrap your head around New Year Resolutions. Even if that isn't your habit by nature, this is a great year to give it a try. And they don't have to be nailed down by December 31st. In my book you have all of January to form (1) what you want your year to look like, (2) what goals you want to set, and (3) how you plan to get there.


Let's explore ...



Step One

What are your goals?


Do you want to learn a new professional skill so you can get a promotion? Or do you want to buy or sell a business? Maybe you just want to be more organized or deliver on deadline more often. You would be surprised at how the smallest changes in routine and approach can help clear your head and focus on the bigger things. Take some time to think, in the car (if you still happen to be driving more than a couple of miles!), in the shower (lots of people tell me they get their best ideas there), during a workout (many tell me their inspiration comes when they run) or when you just sit quietly (for some this is challenging with everyone home all the time, but for people who live alone this happens often but is now less rewarding and more frustrating). Start thinking about what you really want. Like looking for something you have lost, or getting the right answer on a test, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the one.



Step Two

Try to come up with a few others.


I call these "secondary resolutions." Sometimes large events, such as a global pandemic or downturn in your industry, will impact your ability to meet your larger goal. So it helps to have a few smaller ones. If you can look back on the year and know you have completed some goals, you will be pleased and feel more confident, and then have the determination to tackle the larger goal.



Step Three

Here is the critical piece.


It really helps to map out a few ways you plan to reach the goal. Let's use the most popular one. "I will be more fit" (which takes on several identities from losing weight to working out more to eating less sugar/salt/gluten, but you get the idea.) If you are someone who wakes up at the last possible second to get to school, to class or to work, then saying you will get up at 5am five days a week is setting yourself up for failure. If you absolutely cannot live without chocolate, saying you will never put another piece in your mouth again is possibly doing the same. For the first person I would say to find four pockets of time during the week, then plan a workout and try to get a couple of supportive people to commit to each of those slots. Even if you deliver on 75% of that, it's still a great improvement over last year. For the second person I would say give yourself a small reward one day a week and make sure to monitor the portions. Now professionally speaking, some ways to reach your goals might be to (1) take a class or a series of webinars, (2) find a mentor, (3) read industry or inspirational books, (4) volunteer for projects in your community to get practice, etc.


Step Four

Look at the list for five minutes once a month.


I would love to hear from you in December!


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