The start of a new year is often a time to review the past year and look ahead to the next year. For some of us it is a time to catch our breath. When we have time to rest and think … we tend to see the bigger picture. What do we want the next year to be for us? What resolutions do we want to make?
New Year’s resolutions are often broken by Valentine’s Day. After many years of falling short, it is easy to make the resolution to never make another New Year’s resolution. An easier one to make and keep.
I encourage you to be a little more positive as we face 2020. Even if a resolution is broken by Valentine’s Day … that’s 12% of the year. OK – you want something more encouraging? There are many techniques promoted to make and follow goals. They all have merit and yet are not sufficient.
What we do know from looking at all the approaches is that simply writing down what we want to accomplish in the coming year, in some detail, is beneficial. Even if you put the list in a drawer or a computer folder and don’t look at it again for a year … your chance of accomplishing that goal goes up significantly.
Taking some time to think and write down a few goals in detail is very powerful. The clearer and more specific the better. If you review the list weekly or monthly, your chances of achieving your goals is highly likely. If you detail out your plans and put them in a drawer, they are still more likely to be achieved than if you give up making goals and resolutions altogether.
Three to five clearly written goals is something you can do. Mark on your calendar to review them monthly. Whether you review them or don’t review them every month, you are ahead of the game. If you are able to keep your resolution to look at them monthly, you will overcome your hesitancy to make resolutions you don’t keep.
Have a wonderful vision for 2020!