How to Set Better New Year’s Resolutions
It’s almost the new year. How are we feeling?!
Is it going to be your best year yet?
Are you nervous it’s just going to be 2020 pt II? (I think we can all agree we’d like to look over some terms and conditions first, so we know exactly what we’re signing up for!)
Or are you one of those people who firmly believes life’s what you make it – no matter what year it is?
Either way, one surefire way to set yourself and your boutique up for success is to set some great goals and resolutions for the new year.
Not the kind you say you’ll do on January 1st and then promptly forget about by January 2nd…
The kind that will shape the person you are and the life you live all year long.
The kind that chart a clear path to success, happiness, and fulfillment – both in business and in life.
If you have big dreams, big (or even small!) goals are the way you’ll turn those into reality.
Read on to learn how to set better New Year’s resolutions and make 2021 YOUR year.
How to Set (& Achieve!) Better New Years Resolutions
According to the U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions is around 80%. Not great odds! What’s more, most people tend to give up their resolutions as early as February.
Why is that? More often than not, people aren’t 100% committed to their resolutions when they set them. They set them because it’s something they’re supposed to do on January 1st, not because they’re willing to do whatever it takes to turn their resolution into reality. Others tend to set a resolution they don’t truly believe they can accomplish. When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, the main problem is too many people are too comfortable letting themselves down. If you choose to set a New Year’s resolution this year, make sure you’re genuinely committed to seeing it through. (Don’t flake on your promise to yourself!)
Think about what you truly want
You should feel connected to your resolution, mind, body, and soul. Your New Year’s resolution should be deeply connected to your values and what you truly want in life. Think about the WHY before the what or the how. Ask yourself these questions to start to get the juices flowing:
- What kind of person do you want to be on December 31, 2021?
- How do you want your business to look?
- Why are you setting a goal in the first place?
- What is it that makes you want to move forward?
Make sure these ideas are crystal clear before you commit to your 2021 resolution.
Divide and conquer
I don’t care HOW invested in your business you are – it isn’t the only thing about you. Chances are, you’ve got various areas in your life that could use some improvement, from your professional life to your relationships to your personal health. Consider which areas you’d like to focus on this year.
Everyone is different – you might decide to zero in on just one area or create a set of resolutions to tackle different aspects of your life. There’s no wrong way to do it – just make sure your resolutions feel true to you, and they don’t make you feel too overwhelmed.
Set SMART resolutions
Your resolutions shouldn’t just be smart… they should also be SMART. That stands for…
Specific: Be clear about what it is you’re going after. You should be able to picture exactly what you’re setting out to accomplish!
Measurable: Figure out how you’ll measure success. (That means numbers, whenever possible!)
Achievable: It’s okay to let yourself dream big & set a goal that makes you stretch – but make sure you’re setting goals you genuinely believe you CAN achieve.
Relevant: Make sure your goals are actually relevant to the things you care about most.
Time-bound: Set a clear deadline by which you’d like to accomplish your goal. (December 31, 2021, perhaps?)
Write your goals down
Whether it’s in the notes app on your phone, on your hand, on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, or in your journal… WRITE YOUR RESOLUTION DOWN! It’s so simple to do, but it makes a huge difference. Countless research studies have shown that people who write down their goals are much more likely to actually accomplish them.
Review your resolutions often
The best way to NOT achieve your New Year’s resolution is to forget what it even was in the first place. Set up a structured way to review your goals, track your progress, and stay accountable to yourself, whether weekly, monthly, or quarterly. It’ll help you recommit to your goals if you find yourself wavering.
Choose a word instead
Not into all the pressure of setting some huge goal for the entire year? Hey, that’s okay – New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone. If you’re a little nervous about trying to set a defined resolution, consider choosing a word instead. Identify a word of the year that will help you support yourself in creating positive life change, achieving your goals, and becoming the type of person you want to be. That’s what Melinda Gates does – for the past two years, her word was grace.
Here’s the thing… life happens. And as much as we’d like to think we do, none of us REALLY know what 2021 holds for us. Your priorities and goals might shift over the year, and that’s okay. Give yourself the grace to change your goals if they don’t feel as important to you anymore. This isn’t an excuse to give up on things you care about – but if the things you care about change, it’s okay to shift your focus.
Interesting in learning more about how to set great goals? Click here for more tips on effective goal-setting.