The Secrets to Achieving Your New Year's Goals
Welcome to January!!
You know what the means… New Year’s resolution time. With the holiday stress behind us, it’s our communally agreed upon time of year to create resolutions and shout them from the rooftop in hopes that maybe some of them will stick.
I don’t know about you but setting and achieving New Year’s resolutions, in the past, hasn’t always been that easy for me. Sure- Shouting them from the virtual rooftop is easy, but achieving those goals is way different than just throwing them out to the world and praying something works out. After years of refusing to set any more resolutions, I’ve decided to re-phrase and be more strategic with my goal setting.
Here is how I am cracking the code on my New Year’s goals:
In preparing for the New Year, I did some digging into where our new year’s resolution came from and was surprised to find out that the Babylonians were the first people to set resolutions over 4,000 years ago! The most notable differences between their tradition and ours is that their year didn’t begin until the middle of March, when they planted crops and that they actually DID SOMETHING to achieve the outcome they wanted. This was not just a fun little annual game they played. Preparing for the new year was vital to their survival!
Maybe you’re like me and your first thought was “What does a tradition from 4,000 years ago have to do with us in 2019?!”
But then I remember when I first started gardening 3 yrs ago. I planted stuff in the wrong spot so it wouldn’t have enough sun, or sometimes the plants would have to much sun and get burnt up! And even after learning what plants liked what kind of light, I planted some beautiful flowers to close and instead of thriving like I wanted them to, they were crowding each other out and producing way less fruit than I was wanting.
Gardening is just a therapeutic hobby for me, but what if my family’s survival was dependent on those plants producing as much food as possible? You betcha’ my gardening journal would be full of notes from previous years failures and wins! I really think the Babylonians were on to something, so I’ve decided to try this new year’s thing again.
It's not about what you want right now, it’s about what you want most
WRITE IT DOWN & BE SPECIFIC
We all want to live intentionally and thrive. But, being intentional can be difficult! The time factor is what throws a wrench in my plans every time. So, what should we do? Schedule it in. If I say something is a priority, then I need to plan and prepare for it! Google calendar has been a huge help for scheduling more efficiently.
Writing down goals is proven to increase our success rate. So let's do that too!
Here are the 6 areas of my life I will be planting seeds and scheduling time for watering: Personal, Spiritual, Professional, Intellectual, Financial, Physical
The S.M.A.R.T goals framework is my prefer method of clarifying: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound
Working with a 12 month lead time is just to much for me. Working with quarterly, weekly, and daily goals worked great for me in 2018 so I will be bringing that over into 2019. It’s okay if you get off course or need to re-frame your goal structure along the way. The goal is not to create this rigid timeline… but rather to spend time clarifying what matters to you and working towards those goals every day. Our years are made up of how we spend our months, months are made up of how we spend our weeks, and our weeks are made up of how we spend our days. Make them count!
All of us want to harvest the fruit - that’s the fun part - but unless we are planting and watering, we will never be able to reap! Setting New Year’s resolutions is like a fun game we play. Rarely any risk and rarely any reward. I want to challenge you to be an achiever this year, and not just another goal setter. I made a planning guide to help us with setting and achieving our goals, maybe it will help you too... enjoy!!
All the best!