There are millions of articles dedicated to setting and achieving new year resolutions but with 95% of people missing the mark every year writing out another list of cliche’s is like groundhog day for many. Fear not – if you’re looking for a fresh new perspective on making the most of the new year, here are 5 questions that will get you heading in the right direction, fast…
The new year is an exciting time to think ahead, reassess the year that was, and make some positive changes for the next 12 months and beyond. But just hearing the words ‘new years resolution’ can be enough to send many of us to sleep. So instead of falling into the same old traps, take some time to answer these 5 questions to get a new perspective and avoid being another statistic…
1. What do you really want this year?
OK, so this question isn’t ground breaking but it’s VERY different to ‘what do you think you should be doing this year?’. If your goals focus on things you think you should be doing you’re setting yourself up for disaster from the start. As I say to my clients, don’t ‘should’ all over yourself!
Do a bit of soul searching and be true to yourself – what do you really want to get out of the next 12 months? If you don’t really want to lose weight, stop smoking, or get a new job, don’t bother writing out goals about those things because they’re highly unlikely to happen if the desire isn’t there from the start. Instead get connected with what you want your career, relationships, finances and health to look like – goals that excite you, not bore you.
2. What small, simple actions do you need to take to get started?
Wanting something isn’t enough – you have to have a plan in place to make it happen, and you have to follow through on that plan. So if you want to change career, make sure you know what career you want to go into and how you’re going to make that transition happen. Just saying you want to change career this year isn’t enough, and probably won’t eventuate to anything if you don’t figure out a clear, simple action plan that you can follow step by step.
3. What skills are you lacking?
Following on from step #2, it’s critical you assess honestly whether you have the right skills and knowledge to actually achieve your answers to #1. So again, if you want to change career but have no idea what you want to do next, or how to go about deciding, you need to get help and up-skill in order to progress with your goal.
Similarly, many people who want to lose weight fail because they don’t have the knowledge and skills to change their lifestyle appropriately, and as a result end up back in their old habits and ways of doing things before January is out!
Don’t be complacent – if you want something different in your personal or professional life you MUST do things differently, and for most people that requires re-education of some sort which could include engaging a Coach, reading a book, attending a training course, hiring a Personal Trainer, researching on the net …. there are endless options so don’t use this as an excuse not to progress!
4. What changes do you need to make around you?
Your environment is critical if you really want to kick butt this year but too many people take their surroundings for granted and don’t take the time to audit and change them. What I’m talking about here are the factors around you that impact your goals.
So if you want to get a new job for example, but your computer crashes every time you attempt to update your CV or read the job boards, that’s one environmental factor that’s hindering you and needs to be changed asap. Similarly, if you want to lose weight but your flat mate is always stocking the cupboard with chocolate and chips that’s not going to help your cause, and surrounding yourself with negative people won’t help your goal of being a more positive, upbeat employee, friend or partner.
Audit your surroundings carefully and make sure that everything is supporting your goal, rather than holding you back.
5. Do you need to change your thinking?
If you don’t believe you can achieve your goals, have a fear of failure or some other limiting belief that’s holding you back you need to make sure you address your head space quick-smart to avoid sabotaging all of your hard work in steps 1-4! Negative psychology can be like a noose around your neck, so be smart and address your thinking to support what you want to achieve this year.
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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