March is nearly over. So, how many of you are still on track with your New Year resolutions? I’m not going to embarrass anyone by having you raise your hands, but polls, studies, as well as history have shown that the answer is…not many.
Are New Year resolutions goals? Whether stated or not, the leading phrase of a resolution used in this context is “I resolve to.” I resolve to quit smoking. I resolve to get fit. I resolve to save more money. And the list goes on.
Wrongly, though, most of us make our New Year resolutions too hastily. They are usually born of good ideas, but not commitment. Or worse yet, they are the result of guilt, shame, or prodding by others. It’s no surprise that the vast majority, and I mean VAST majority, of New Year resolutions never experience the breath of spring.
As we move through spring headed towards summer, why not create one or a couple of Mid Year resolutions. Write out a short list of desirable accomplishments that you would like to claim as victories. Take some time, ponder, imagine. Pick the one or two that can be accomplished by year’s end and that you are most passionate about. This time though, make it, or them, a personal commitment to yourself.
- I resolve to:
- I will complete this no later than:
- The monthly, weekly, and daily actions that I will employ are:
For each, write it out and read it at least daily. Carry it with you. Post it. Create your schedule. Create your tracking process. This is a short, but effective, goal achievement process. Do it for you. Do it for those you love. When you’ve won, you’ll feel GREAT. And, success breeds success.
For support, feel free to share your goal achievement plans and process in the comments.
BTW, if you’re reading this at a later date: The best time to have set your mid year resolutions was just prior to summer, the next best time is…NOW!
Tomorrow is promised to no one!