Happy New Year!! While celebrating with friends this weekend the old question popped up "What is your New Year's Resolution?". People have been taking the opportunity to better themselves around the change of year for over 3000 years. A 2007 survey suggests that 88% of people FAIL keeping their resolutions. I believe if we CARE about our resolutions, we can increase the opportunity to find success.
When we set goals we work to ensure they are SMART, but when we make resolutions, we don't have anything to guide us. I believe we need to give CARE to our resolutions:
CHANGE. Obviously a resolution needs to have a change element. We need to remember how hard change is and what level of commitment that takes. Setting a goal isn't always about implementing new habits, thoughts, and actions in our lives, but fulfilling a resolution is. That challenge is why we need to have ACCOUNTABILITY
ACCOUNTABILITY is the driving force behind success in our resolutions. Failure occurs when we, mere humans, have that moment of weakness and lose focus to implement the positive change we want for ourselves. Finding ACCOUNTABILITY partner(s) to help guide us, ask questions, and encourage the change in our lives will work to help ensure our success.
REAL. Resolutions, if serious, need to be quality challenges with real outcomes. A flippant or ill conceived thought turned into resolution will surely fail. If you love chocolate, don't GIVE UP chocolate FOREVER..that isn't REAListic either! Let us find substance in our resolutions and make our lives better!
EXCITED. If YOU are not ecstatic about your resolution, your success chances will be limited. Sharing your joy, celebrating, and keeping excitement in this endeavor will be keys to your overcoming and implementing your change. Build in mini wins with each subgoal that will lead you to the big win of completing your resolution.
Happy New Year!! Good luck giving great CARE to your 2016 New Year's Resolution...and let's change ourselves for the better this year!!!
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