Were you one of the many people who set a new year’s resolution for themselves? If so, well done. In this final part of our 2 part blog post (Part 1 is here) I will give you the last 3 things you will need in place to actually stick and keep to your resolutions this year.
Very often our new year’s resolutions are rather vague. You know… ‘eat better’, ‘exercise more’, ‘work less hours’, ‘get promoted’. It’s all a bit woolly. To beef up your personal commitment, make your resolutions very specific, measurable and actionable. So, you want to exercise more, how much do you want to exercise more? Is it 60 mins of free weights and 60 mins of a run a week extra?
[quote]The more specific your resolution, the more likely you are to actually achieve them.[/quote]
You may find downloading the guide to writing your career action plan useful as it takes you through a process to set meaningful personal goals for the many different facets of your life. (download your free guide here, email required)
In ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ we talk about the importance of your support team to help you get to partner. (see why does every partner need a support team and who do successful partners need in their support team) The same is true with your resolutions. You are more likely to achieve them if you have the support of your family, friends and work. In fact, my business partner Jon has been instrumental in helping me take big strides in the right direction to decrease my stress levels, and increase my personal resilience.
Lastly, and by no means least, very often we don’t have enough personal emotional connection to our new year’s resolutions. This is because we don’t have the fire in our belly to really want to overcome inertia and change our habits for good. Is it you who really wants to work less hours? Or is it your wife/husband/partner wanting you to work less hours? Do you really want to adopt healthier lifestyle habits or is this something that you feel you ought to do? Before you commit to your new year’s resolution. Ask yourself, why am I doing this? What will I gain by doing this? What will I lose by doing this? What will I gain/lose if I do nothing?
You may find that completing a career action plan (download your guide to writing yours here, email required) may help you to identify some of the goals you want to achieve both inside and outside of work – which may give you the motivation to make your new year’s resolutions actually happen. (This guide will also help you set specific goals and achievements)
If you are going to make your new year’s resolutions actually stick this year, then:
- make them specific and linked to your personal goals and aspirations
- break up big meaty resolutions into smaller more easier milestones
- don’t rely on just good intentions alone, seek professional help as this will increase the odds of your sticking to your new year’s resolutions.
- get help from your friends, family and work to keep to your resolutions.
What resolutions have you made this year?
Heather Townsend helps professionals become the ‘Go To’ Expert. She is the author of the award winning and best-selling book on business networking, the ‘FT Guide To Business Networking’ and the co-author of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’. Over the last decade she has worked with over 300 partners; coached, trained and mentored over 1000 professionals at every level of the UK’s most ambitious professional practices.