New Year's Resolution: Avoiding Failure

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During this time of year we tend to set ourselves up for failure with our New Year’s resolution. Though many of you may not think that your resolutions are anything spectacular, the reality is, most of you are making ridiculously outrageous goals, and most of you will fail. I know that sounds rather harsh, and I agree, it’s a damn hard pill to swallow. On the positive note, we can still make a resolution and be successful. All we have to do to avoid the impending doom is reign things in a bit. Here’s a few tips!

 

Tip # 1

 

Set a clear and concise goal! Saying you want to be healthier is a whole lot different than saying you want to lead a better lifestyle by reducing the amount of processed food you eat and exercising 4 times a week. They are virtually the same thing but one is more specific and will be easier to visualize. Giving yourself a broad and unspecific goal is like looking for a black cat in the dark, but when you give yourself that clear, concise and specific goal, it will be like looking for that same black cat in the dark with a flashlight!

 

Sometimes, trying to set a specific goal can be hard thing to do, and it might just be worth it to talk with an expert in the area you are trying to set your goals in. The expert does what they do for a living and will be able to help you identify what it is that you really want, through active listening and helping you ask the right questions.

 

Tip # 2

 

Have a plan! Alrighty then! So we have something to work towards, have you devised a plan on how to get it? Here’s what you should consider for your plan… How are you going to get there? When are you going the get there? How will you stay on track?  

 

Creating a viable action plan can be a difficult task. Have you considered looking for outside help? If your goal is financial in nature, perhaps an accountant or financial advisor can help you make a smart and realistic action plan to get you where you want to be. If it’s more health in nature, someone like a personal trainer might be able to help you get the insight on how to lose the few extra pounds more effectively.

 

Tip #3

 

Stick to the plan! Have a little patience, it does take time for your action plan to actually produce results. Sometimes it might be tempting to abandon the plan and try a different way of getting there. If you’ve taken the time to make a plan to achieve your goals, you need to stick to the plan no matter how badly and desperately you want to get to your goal. If you ditch the plan halfway and start a new plan, you’re essentially starting at square one again and you see very limited results. If you stick to the plan however, you will get the results that you set out to reach for in the first place, assuming that the goal was realistic.

 

I’m starting to sound like a broken record now. Hiring someone to manage your goals might be a good idea if you need help with accountability. A professional will ensure you stick with the original plan, and will not change the plan on you unless there’s a really good reason to. Remember they are there to help!

 

Tip #4

 

Don’t give up! You will hit a few bumps here and there, and you’ll have lots of ups and downs, and it might even seem like you are having more downs than ups. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT throw in the towel. It’s simple, you can not actually fail until you’ve completely given up. Plans can be adjusted, so if you aren’t hitting your target there’s nothing wrong with tweaking it so that you hit an in between target.

 

Alright! That’s all I have, so Happy New Year! Best of luck achieving whatever your resolutions are. 2016 will be a great year and we will be right behind you for support.

 

Cheers,

 

Andy and Crew

 

 

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