The time has come to move from resolutions to priorities.
February is well underway and it’s quite possible that you’ve already broken at least one or more of the resolutions you set for the new year.
This year, I decided to do something different. I set GOALS instead of making resolutions. Pretty simple goals at that:
- Do cool stuff
- Go cool places
- Meet cool people
- Do all of the above while having fun and making good money
In addition to setting these goals, I’m also making sure I consider them to be priorities for me. I’ve come into this year with a different mindset and I wanted to share that with you.
I recently read a blog post from 2013 about The Science of New Year’s Resolutions. Did you know that 88% of New Year’s resolutions FAIL? That’s a really high number!
The blog post suggested that you make minor adjustments to your regular routines in an effort to turn something into a HABIT and not just a resolution.
That makes complete sense. Creating better habits is probably a great way to go in terms of being successful regarding your goals.
I also believe that there are several factors that go into the failure rate.
For example, losing weight is normally #1 on the list of New Year’s Resolutions.
If you put that on your list, what is the reason that you did so? Are you interested in specifically fitting into an outfit? Is this something that you want/need to feel good? Or maybe it’s health-related and your intention is to get healthy.
Now, if that’s your goal, ask yourself this question – is it a priority for you? Is getting into that outfit, feeling good or being healthy your top priority?
If you don’t see whatever you set out to accomplish as a priority, it will end up on the back burner pretty quickly while other more pressing matters occupy your time and attention and before you know it, another year has passed and you haven’t accomplished anything new.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can re-examine the resolutions/goals you set for yourself, review your reasons for setting these goals and then figure out which ones are the most important to you. Personally, since I only have 4 (although vague) they’re all of equal importance and priority.
Here are some additional ways that you can be successful with your priorities:
- Talk about them – with friends, with family, maybe write a blog. Whatever your chosen outlet may be. People can tell what you consider important by how much you talk about it.
- Spend money on it. It’s been said you can gauge someone’s priority by where their money goes.
- Get other people involved. A motivational partner can be inspiring and helpful, especially when they have the same priorities that you do. Personally, I haven’t gotten anyone else physically involved in any of the goals that I’ve set for myself; however, I’ve talked about them enough that my friends are cheering me on and asking me about the goals to see how I’m progressing.
When getting healthy or doing cool stuff or traveling more or reading more books or…whatever, becomes your PRIORITY, you’re not going to allow anything to stop you from accomplishing the goal.