Don’t Set New Year’s Resolutions… Do This Instead
Goal setting is important because it signals a fresh start and new possibilities. Without new goals and an intentional plan for our future, we risk getting stuck in repetitive and unfulfilling cycles.
That being said, I understand that many of us are experiencing goal fatigue. Many are simply tired of setting goals while secretly believing they’ll forget about them within two weeks. And while this belief is pretty cynical, it exists with good reason…
According to the New York Post, only 8% of people achieve their resolutions, with January 12th (yes, you read that right, a mere 12 days into the year) being the day most give up or forget about their goal.
So if you’re over new year’s resolutions, I get it. And if I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’ve been there. In addition to the discouraging statistics mentioned above, 2020 was wild. As grateful as I am for the past year, I have to admit that 2020 was mentally and emotionally draining.
So the thought of setting one-year goals right feels unaligned and unrealistic.
But, on the other hand, the idea of going into 2021 without some sort of goal feels shortsighted and directionless.
So What’s the compromise?
Instead of Setting Traditional New Year’s Resolutions, Create a One Month Vision Instead.
Two things to note here:
First, focus on setting one goal. If you’re anything like me, you probably have around 3-5 big ideas that you want to pursue right now, so the idea of picking one thing to focus on is actually quite challenging.
But as hard as it may be to focus on one thing at the expense of putting your other dreams on the back burner, I have to insist that you try this method out because this is one of those times where less truly is more.
Because most of us are honestly still in recovery mode from 2020, directing our focus and attention on a singular goal will be the most productive and rejuvenating option.
The last thing I want to talk about is the one-month deadline.
The problem I’ve encountered with New Year’s resolutions is that one year is simply too much time. Here’s what I mean by that...
Knowing that I have 12 months to work on a goal often causes me to procrastinate because… well I have 12 months to get to it. If I don’t get to it by the end of this month, there’s always the next. And if not next month, I can push it back to the spring or summer… do you see where I’m going here?
I’ve found one-month periods to be the sweet spot because it gives us enough time to make substantial progress on a significant goal, but it’s also short enough to create a sense of urgency.
"But, What if you have a big goal that requires a full year (or more) to accomplish?" Great question.
It’s important to note that I’m not against having a big picture vision or setting long-term goals. If you have a big-vision goal that will require a couple of months to accomplish, break that goal down into monthly objectives, then pick one singular monthly objective to focus on for the next four weeks.
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I’ve got one more twist to goal planning that I think you’ll like. It’s a fresh perspective that very few talk about and what I believe is often the missing key to achieving goals. But more on that later this month…
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2020 has been wild and has left many of us mentally exhausted. In addition to the mental exhaustion, many of us have goal fatigue and simply don’t want to set new year’s resolutions.
This dilemma calls for a new approach. Instead of setting a one-year goal, which only has an 8% success rate anyway, try creating a one-month vision instead. Why one month? Because this time frame is long enough to make substantial progress in an area of your life, but also short enough to create a sense of urgency and maintain your enthusiasm.
You don’t have to abandon long term goals altogether. If you have a one-year vision that you’re amped about, break that vision up into monthly objectives and commit to focusing on one objective only. (The Life Planner is a great tool for this. You can check it out here)
Hope this helps!