We Here Highly Resolve… New Year’s Resolutions
This is the time to set New Year’s Resolutions for starting over and striving to improve by setting the challenging year-long goal(s) to be the best version of yourself.
And by April, the goal you started with so fervently is usually out of focus.
I’ve been involved in a coaching group for years, trying to learn to run my life and business with meaningful goals and purpose. Among the habits I have developed that have been most helpful is regularly visiting my primary lifetime goals, then my 10-year, three-year and one-year goals. These take meaning and space, however, over a shorter timeline.
I have a short attention span. I am not wired to focus for a year. Neither are most other people, according to Gino Wiseman, in his inspiring book, “Traction.” Instead, he suggests picking one to three measurable goals that are challenging but attainable. Do this repeatedly every three months. That 90-day time range is not so far away from sight.
Then take those apparitions and check on progress in small steps weekly.
I have been putting this approach to work for the last two years, with consistent minor improvements. Over time they can add up.
As you enter 2023, set New Year’s Resolutions that are doable, and break them into smaller steps. Calendar your upcoming revision periods.
Traction by Gino Wiseman.
I don’t always hit my goals. But in reviewing them now over six years, I conclude I might have aimed higher.
This goal-setting can be tricky, though. I read a story about a little league baseball team. Someone hit a ball out of the outfield and into the woods. The center fielder chased the ball down and then didn’t come back. The right fielder followed him, then the left fielder, none of whom returned. Finally, the adults tracked them down and found the outfield picking and eating wild berries.
You must stop and taste the wild berries every once in a while, even if it takes you off course.
Best wishes for a great 2023.