How are you doing on your New Year Resolutions?
Every year, without fail, the ritual begins again: the ball drops, the confetti is swept up, gym memberships skyrocket, vegetable sales double, and smoothie blenders will fly off the shelves in an effort to get healthy and lose weight in the new year. And then what?
Studies have shown that New Year’s Resolutions don’t work. I mean, think back in your own life. How many of your New Year’s Resolutions do you even remember?
There’s nothing wrong with this because our entire notion of resolutions is flawed!
For most people, their resolution is more like a wish. For example, “Next year, I want to lose some weight,” or “Next year, I want to earn more money.” There are no specifics or actionable plans attached to either of those resolutions. If you want to make your goals into something you can achieve, then you need to be specific!
So, what do we do now? We reframe!
Take your resolution and use the following advice to create an action plan.
Why Is This Your Resolution?
Any goal is more compelling when there is a powerful reason behind it. Losing weight is one thing, but losing weight in order to be able to keep up with your children is a more powerful resolution that you are more likely to keep.
Being clear about your “why” will help motivate you on the tough days to keep going. It’s always difficult to push through when you’re doubting yourself and wondering why you’re doing this. When you have a reason, it can give you extra resolve. So, when you reframe your resolution, be sure that you add a “why” to it!
Remove The Resolution’s Restrictions
Resolutions based on deprivation or avoidance don’t tend to last, and cutting things out altogether can quickly backfire.
If you were trying to quit smoking, would you do it cold turkey? Or would you take steps to reduce your dependence on nicotine by using patches and other stopgap measures? No matter what bad habit you’re trying to change through your resolution, it’s better to replace it with a new, healthier behavior rather than simply stopping it completely.
This strategy allows you to put your focus on adding something positive to your life instead of removing something which could create a vacuum.
Celebrate Small Successes
To stay motivated, you will want to mark your milestones.
Whatever your final goal, there are usually many steps along the way. If you’re aiming to lose 50 lbs., it can be demoralizing if you have to wait until you’ve reached that point to feel a sense of achievement. By celebrating the milestones (maybe every five or 10lbs.), you will not only be positively reinforcing your resolution, but you will also be generating momentum towards your final goal.
As “celebrations,” you can create rewards for achieving defined progress points. These rewards will help you recognize your hard work and stay on track!
Rewrite Unrealistic Resolutions
Setting big, audacious goals may be attractive, but it could also set you up for failure. If your New Year’s resolution is to go from earning $40K to becoming a millionaire in the next 12 months, your goal probably isn’t very achievable.
You are much more likely to stick to your goals if they are realistic and achievable. A million dollars might not be feasible, but what about an extra $10,000? Even if you don’t reach your final goal, you will likely still make some valuable progress towards it through the year.
Get Back Up From Your Failure
The thing about life is that you never know what’s going to come your way.
When you’re working towards a goal, you should always expect there to be setbacks. However, that doesn’t mean the end of your goal. Unexpected roadblocks will appear, whether they be in your career, personal life, or health. It’s easy to slip when confronted with massive challenges, and that’s ok. What’s more important is that, after you’ve dealt with the issue, that you’re able to recommit to your goal, learn from your setback, and keep moving forward!
Try a Theme
There is a new trend in New Year’s Resolutions, and that’s giving the year a theme.
Rather than coming up with a goal, you instead come up with a central idea for your entire year. For example, maybe you want to make this the “Year of Education,” where you take extra classes and courses to make yourself more employable. Or if you’ve wanted to see the world, you could make this the “Year of Travel,” where you get to as many states and countries as possible to broaden your horizons.
Themes are much more flexible than resolutions, as they can change throughout the year. If you make this the “Year of Money,” and you land a new high-paying position through Spectra360 in May, you can change your theme to suit your new reality. It’s a different way of looking at New Year’s resolutions, but you might find that it leads you to a more successful year!
If career goals were a part of your resolutions this year, contact Spectra360 for support in finding your next move. Our recruiters are always looking for top talent for careers in the logistics and transportation industries, and we can help you find career success in the upcoming year!