New Year’s Resolution vs Setting Goals

Ways To Actually Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions In 2020! 

As the New Year fastly approaches. It’s natural to feel a bit excited by the prospect of leaving behind the old year and beginning anew.

On January 1, everyone seems to have an idea of how they want their new year to look, from healthier habits to learning new skills. But we’ve all made New Year’s resolutions that we’ve quickly broken.

When you slip back into your usual routine after that fresh “new year” feeling, it’s hard to maintain that motivation and commitments we’ve made for ourselves.

If you want 2020 to be the year that you make and keep your resolutions, you need a strategy to hold yourself accountable.

The very First step that will definitely get you what you want and desire is To know what you want!

What Do You Really Want? I’m learning to be specific. One can’t just put out to the universe, I want a big house. One must say, “I want a home that has plenty of windows, where the sun shines through so brightly. A home that is at least 7200 sq feet with land to grow a garden. A place that is big enough for family events and gatherings”. You get where I’m going!

After visualizing( because we have to imagine having it)  The Magic that is finally going to get what your heart desire is this (drum roll please)!

Write It Down!  Put It On Paper!  Watch the Magic unfold in your life!

Some Strategies That May Help Alone the Way And Hold You Accountable

1. Write It Down On Paper

It has been proven in studies that the process of writing down—by hand—your goals, aims, or resolutions will make you more likely to achieve them.

2. Make It Fun

Make your goals fun! Start Small!  We are only human. The majority of us fail at our goals by the second week, but so what? Start again! It’s never too late. Goals are a joy to achieve when you are playful at attaining them!  Reward yourself with prizes for any achievement.

Make goals inspiring and fun to accomplish. Review your goals often, checking in that you still want to achieve this goal. Enjoy the journey and success!

3. Make New Week’s, Not New Year’s, Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions can seem appealing, but to commit to something year-long is a huge undertaking. And the disappointment of not meeting it can weigh heavy since it implies that you’ve failed majorly.

A better approach is to make commitments weekly. This might include renewing commitments from previous weeks.

4. Skip Resolutions And Make Declarations

Traditional resolutions tend to fall apart before January ends. Instead, make three (and only three) life- or career-changing declarations for 2020.

For example, “I will lose at least 5 pounds this month,” “I will close the largest deal of my career,” or “I will attend a yoga class at least once a week.” The themes matter little as long as they fit your appetite for learning, growth, and adventure. Declare them clearly!

5. Create A Vision Board

One of the best ways to really crystallize your New Year’s resolutions is to create a vision board. Start by collecting images and words that represent what you’d like to achieve and how you’d like to feel. Put these together into a collage. Then sit back and truly connect to the vision you have for yourself. Put your vision board somewhere where you can see it every day. Then make it happen!

6. Prepare Yourself For Change

The No. 1 reason resolutions don’t stick is that people don’t do the work to prepare themselves for the change. Lasting change doesn’t happen until your mind is ready, which includes seeing more pros to change than cons. This takes mental work. Lasting change doesn’t happen when you just make yourself do something different.

7. Make Your Goals Incremental

Many know to make a goal S.M.A.R.T. Go one step further and make it incremental. It’s helpful to have smaller milestones to spur regular action, limit procrastination, and measure progress. Rather than “lose 20 lbs this month ” define the goal as, “I will lose 5 lbs this month.”

8. Pay Attention To Your Limiting Thinking

Focusing on your goals is an important part of meeting your goals. The second and much less common part is focusing on competing commitments. We consciously commit to our resolutions like growing the business, and at the same time, we are unconsciously committed to avoiding rejection. This competing commitment can derail our ability to accomplish our resolutions.

9. Evaluate Your Habits

Resolutions rarely work because we have a tendency to focus on the big goal itself and neglect to focus on the actions you must take to reach that goal.

Whenever you embark on a new goal or vision, you must first evaluate which habits you need to change or acquire to achieve success. Regardless of what you want to achieve, if you don’t focus on what it takes to get there, you never will.

10. Create A Team Of Accountability Partners

Have a small group of trusted friends and colleagues with whom to meet monthly. Start off the year sharing resolutions, goals, and strategy plans. Each month,  keep each other accountable and on track toward achieving milestones towards your plans.

11. Set Goals That Align With Your Everyday Life

Resolutions are nice to have, but they are often not accomplished because we are too busy with other things. A good way to ensure you get them done is to turn them into written goals that are exclusively yours and in harmony with your everyday life. Additionally, ensure these goals are specific and written in a positive tone. Make them so that you can measure and attain them.

12. Map It Out And Take Action

You wouldn’t have been given the dream if you didn’t have the power to move into it today. Sit down, map it out, find resources, and take action. You can always perfect the plan as you go.

13. Focus On Micro-Changes

Resolutions are mostly a waste of time. They are too big, too ambitious, and require too much energy. Avoid feeling like a failure and embrace incremental improvement instead. What micro-change can you make this month? When you master that, tackle something else. Small changes add up to big wins. Make changes in alignment with your priorities and goals for long-term fulfillment.

14. Measure And Share Your Progress

We manage what we measure. Translate your New Year’s resolutions into specific behaviors and action steps and write those down as a checklist. Then measure your progress every day by marking a simple “yes” or “no” next to each item on the list. At the end of the week, review your progress and share it with a close partner. It is difficult to lie to ourselves when we see our progress on paper.

15. Aim To Be Better Than You Were Yesterday

Be better than you were yesterday. Personal and business lives are always evolving, and we encounter obstacles that we have to overcome. The goal is not to be perfect or to achieve something spectacular. Hence progress and improvement can only be measured in context. Being better in one area than you were yesterday is not only simple to understand but easy to achieve.

Some Achievable Resolutions (Goals) for Me In 2020!

Actually doing your New Year’s Resolution?

Start with a vision board. A lot of us overlook this one technique. If your resolution/goal is to be a better person in 2020, then cut out words or a photo of the person you are wanting to become. This way you can look at this each day and picture yourself becoming that person and so on.

Play more?

Don’t be so serious all the time. If you have children, go outside and play ball with them, go skating. Be more playful with your partner. Put the computer and phones away. Go outside and just enjoy nature.

Learn something new each day?

Read a book, meet with individuals that are inspiring to you and learn from them. Attend webinars on topics that interest you. Surround yourself with positive and thriving individuals.

Lose weight?

This is a  popular resolution for a lot of us and sadly is one of the most failed resolutions. Why, because there is no one diet- fits- all, says best selling author, nutritionist, yoga instructor,  Lyn-Genet Recitals of the Metabolism Plan.  First, discover the Foods and Exercises That Work for Your Body to Reduce Inflammation and Drop Pounds Fast! If you want to lose weight you need to:

  • Stop counting calories.
  • Stop eating healthy foods.
  • Stop exercising so darn much.

Calorie counting doesn’t work.  If it did says Lyn-Genet Recitals, we would all be skinny. If calorie counting worked, you wouldn’t be beating yourself up right now for your body not “responding.”

Healthy foods? There is no such thing-only what is healthy for you. Each of us is chemically unique, which means that food works for me might trigger a weight-gaining sensitivity in you. For example, one may gain an entire pound every time they have one little 70-calorie egg, while eggs may be the healthiest food for another. “We’re all different-and calories have nothing to do with that,” says Lyn-Genet Recitals.

Then there’s exercise, which has become the new diet religion, the thing that’s supposed to be good for everybody all the time, and the more, the better. But here’s the truth says Lyn, “If you exercise too intensely for your body, you’ll gain weight because you’ll drive up your levels of inflammation and cortisol, a stress hormone that can slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight.

Yoga and the Benefits

Not a gym person? Bore easily at the gym? Then Yoga maybe your 2020 regiment! Here are the benefits:

  • Decrease Stress- Studies show that yoga can help ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Relieves Anxiety-Studies show that yoga can help ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • May Reduce Information- Some studies show that yoga may reduce inflammatory markers in the body and help prevent pro-inflammatory diseases.
  • Could Improve Heart Health-Alone or in combination with a healthy lifestyle, yoga may help decrease risk factors for heart disease.
  • Improves Quality of Life-Some studies show that yoga could improve quality of life and may be used as an adjunct therapy for some conditions.
  • May Fight Depression-Several studies have found that yoga may decrease symptoms of depression by influencing the production of stress hormones in the body.
  • Could Reduce Chronic Pain-Yoga may help reduce chronic pain in conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis.
  • Could Promote Sleep Quality-Yoga may help enhance sleep quality because of its effects on melatonin and its impact on several common contributors to sleep problems.
  • Improves Flexibility and Balance-Research shows that practicing yoga can help improve balance and increase flexibility.
  • Could Help Improve Breathing-Yoga incorporates many breathing exercises, which could help improve breathing and lung function.
  • May Relieve Migraines-Studies show that yoga may stimulate the vagus nerve and reduce migraine intensity and frequency, alone or in combination with conventional care.
  • Promotes Healthy Eating Habits-Yoga encourages mindfulness, which may be used to help promote mindful eating and healthy eating habits.
  • Can Increase Strength-Some studies show that yoga can cause an increase in strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Start a Meditation practice?

  • Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness.
  • Start an Affirmation practice? 
  • Start Journaling?
  • Stop procrastinating?
  • Spend quality time with family?
  • Travel to beautiful places?
  • Upgrade my technology?
  • Staying motivated?           

Some New Year’s Resolution For Leaders in 2020!

Take control of the device that is stealing your time

Decisively take control of your smartphone- and the time it is stealing from you” says Greg Orme, a keynote speaker and the author of The Human Edge: How curiosity and creativity are your superpowers in the digital economy. “Why are we enslaved by a device that was supposed to liberate us?”

Orme’s advice is this: “First, audit your social media apps. Delete those that don’t make you genuinely happier. Second, redefine your relationship with ‘always-on’ work emails. Check your inbox three times a day at most.

By taking these steps, leaders will be able to focus. “Use the time you save to explore”, suggests Orme. “Read a book, take up meditation, write a story, draw something or learn a language. Curiosity and creativity are the workplace superpowers of the 21st century. To develop them, you need to learn how to protect your precious time. Just because you’re able to log in anywhere, anytime, doesn’t mean that you should.”

Make trust your priority

“In the era of fake news, deep fakes, data breaches, and unfair use of personal data, trust, and transparency are gaining importance and value. “The next year will bring yet another surge in concern over the way our data is being used, so brands must prove they can be trusted with our behavioral, contextual and emotional data if they are going to survive,” Says Professor Steven Van Belleghem, an expert in customer focus in the digital world and author of Customers The Day After Tomorrow.

Say “no” more often

“This will be the year I finally learn to say ‘no’, says Jo Owen, a social entrepreneur, founder of social enterprise Teach First and author of Resilience- 10 habits to thrive in life and work.

“My goal is not to do more, but to do less and to do it better. Activity is not a substitute for achievement, so this will be the year of focus. It will not be easy, because the focus will mean making some hard choices: letting people down and letting opportunities pass by. But ‘no’ will be my passport to making 2020 a personal and professional success.”

Use your power responsibly

“Lines of corporate responsibility and accountability are quickly coming of age, ” says Dr. Jose’ R. Hernandez, a corporate crisis expert and author of Broken Business: Seven Steps to Reform Good Companies Gone Bad.  “They are being extended to consider a broad range of stakeholders and society’s generational challenges: waste, climate change, and inequality.”

Hernandez argues that in 2020 leaders should resolve to exercise their corporate power more responsibly and act with more humanity. “A narrow focus on shareholder value, profits and growth may get managers a promotion and short-term bonuses, but CEOs and corporate rising stars will fall fast in 2020 for ethical failings or abuse of power,” he predicts. “Leaders need to use the power and privilege afforded to them to solve the problems of people and planet profitably.”

Become a champion of neurodiversity

Leaders should resolve to actively promote and champion neurodiversity within their organizations, according to Mark Simmonds, who trains major organizations in creativity, insight, and innovation and is the author of Breakdown and Repair: A Father’s Tale of Stress and Success.

But what does it mean to become a neurodiversity champion? Simmonds suggests that leaders take the following approach: “First, I will make it my mission to identify anybody and everybody who suffers from any kind of mental illness, for example, stress, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, an eating disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Secondly, I will do my absolute best to understand how they think, what they feel, what makes them tick, and then conditions that cause them stress. And thirdly, I will create an environment where each of these individuals can bring their ‘real me’ to work and fully flourish.”

Visualize your goal

“At the start of each year, leaders traditionally establish goals, notes Patricia Peyton, author of well-being book Physical Intelligence and director of training provider Companies in Motion. “Clear focus is the first step to achieving them. If you imagine clearly what you want to achieve, picture it, and experience the feelings of pleasure and reward associated with that achievement for yourself and others, you are more likely to achieve it.

Peyton believes that the act of visualizing goals is highly motivational. “It increases determination because we are drawn to the future reward, “she says. “Visualization not only helps to ensure success, but it also helps create pace-and it takes our mind off the discomfort, difficulty, or pain associated with working toward the goal.”

Summon your inner revolutionary

“Make 2020 the year when you dare to break through the atrophy of conformity, the automatic adapting to the status quo and the ‘this is the way we do things around here’ default zone, ” says Dr. Diana Theodores, a speaker, coach, and author of bestselling book Performing as you.

Theodores recommends becoming “a role model for doing something different that will serve others better.” This might mean developing presentations that inspire rather than inform, creating meeting environments that nurture better quality engagement and thinking, sharing a personal story to build more trust and connection with your team, getting to know the stories of those you lead, or simply creating something you want to see in your organization.  “What is something you’d like to start doing differently in your world of work that speaks of you and to you?” she asks. “And the most important of all is: what is the consequence of NOT doing this?

Commit to memory

“Even in ‘the Google age’ when we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, business leaders should not underestimate the power of a good, old-fashioned, brain-powered memory,” says Chester Santos, a memory skills expert, speaker, and author.

He says: “Being able to quickly recall important facts and figures in meetings, talk confidently through presentations without notes, remember foreign language vocabulary and network like a social butterfly, all show how powerful memory could be the secret weapon that makes you much more an effective leader.

Santos explains that while many of us think a good memory is something you either do or don’t have, the reality is that it is a case of “use it or lose it”. He recommends putting aside some time each day “for practicing things like visualization techniques to train your brain”.

Reframe power in your organization

“Many organizations are moving towards a flat structure, where there is no place for the command-and-control leadership style often reinforced through the hierarchy,” says Antoinette Dale Henderson, a leadership expert and the author of Power Up: The smart woman’s guide to unleashing her potential.

She continues: “Leaders are therefore questioning which behaviors are needed to inspire people to deliver results. My New Year’s resolution for leaders is that they reframe how power is harnessed and expressed within their organizations. This involves moving away from binary view, where you either have it or you don’t, toward a new power paradigm, where everyone is able to channel a whole spectrum, from the soft glow of intuition, through to the blazing flame of assertiveness, because everyone’s voice deserves to be heard.”

Improve the employer experience

“Every leader should resolve to dramatically improve the modern work experience so employees can do their best while loving every second,’ argues Chris Dyer, a performance expert, speaker, and author of The Power of Company Culture.

He says that while organizations that have focused on their culture have made great progress, the future offers up even more potential. “Just as we’ve moved from the printing press to computers, to artificial intelligence, we’re about to see a much quicker and more radical change in how people-centric policies exponentially push business growth, “he explains. “Enormous new efficiencies- as well as innovation and evolution in work processes that we cannot yet predict- are right around the corner.”

This year in 2020, let’s try a new Photo by Alexa Williams on Unsplashmethod for accomplishing our Life Desires.

Let’s try to discover how this year we can successfully achieve the things we want.

Should you forgo making a New Year’s Resolution? According to research on the topic, about 60 percent of us admit that we make a New Year’s resolution but only about 8 percent of us are successful in achieving them.

This New Year 2020!  Let’s set Goals!  Decide what you want to accomplish! Write it down!  Have a game plan and execute it!

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals, you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.

Think about it; if your goal is to lose weight but you are eating pizza at 10:00 at night, this act is contrary to what you are wanting to accomplish.

To accomplish your goals, however, you need to know how to set them. You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen (which is what we normally do when setting New Year’s resolutions).

Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve and ends with a lot of hard work and consistency to actually do it.  Below are the 5 Golden Rules !

  1. Set Goals That Motivate You– To make sure that your goal is motivating, write down why it’s valuable and important to you. Ask yourself, “how would your life change if you were to achieve this goal?”
  2. Set Smart Goals– You have probably heard of SMART goals already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence is this-goals should Be…
  3. Set Goals in Writing– The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible(this is where a lot of us lose the ball). As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might”.  For example, “I will lose 10 pounds this year”, not “I would like to lose 10 pounds this year”. The first goal statement has power, the second lack’s passion, and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked.
  4. Make an Action Plan– This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.
  5. Stick With It– Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end. Build-in reminders to keep yourself on track. Set aside sometime each week to revisit your goals. You are worth it!
  6. Components That May Be Hindering Your Success!

You feel overwhelmed– Change can be daunting. You may not know where to start, however, you may also be facing pressured to hurry up and do so. The surrounding pressure may be coming from your environment, culture, loved ones, and even from yourself.

You feel discouraged– As you strive for your goals, you may become impatient in the process. Perhaps you are not seeing signs of progress, or at least not as fast as you would like. You may find yourself reflecting on the pros and cons and whether the goals are even valuable. “When this happens, you’re at risk of a snowball effect.” Rather than getting up, dusting yourself off, and moving forward, when faced with hurdles in the process your goals may no longer seem doable or desirable”.

You’re not ready to change– You may think you are interested in change, and you very well maybe, but are you ready? The chances are, if you’re setting new goals or making New Year’s resolutions for yourself, you may be hungry for some level of change.

You may find yourself making and taking every excuse under the sun that helps you step away from your path. This lack of motivation and dedication doesn’t mean that your goals aren’t achievable. It may simply mean that they are not the goals that matter the most to you at the present time.

How to turn your New Year’s Resolutions into Goals?

Get clear on what you want to accomplish, why it’s important, and how you’ll make it happen.

Take something broad such as making more money in the next year and break it down. How are you going to make more money? Will you be getting a promotion, changing jobs, or starting a side business?

What steps do you need to take? If you are looking to change jobs, then you’ll need to start networking, update your resume, and plan your job search. Will you need to hire a coach to help you with these goals? What else will you have to do? The more specific you get when breaking down your goals, the more likely it is that you’ll accomplish them.

Inspirational Resolutions that could change your life!

  • Make time for exercise, yoga, or even Zumba! Me personally I bore easily at the gym. I think everyone should try yoga at least one time in their life, you just might be amazed!
  • Spend a few hours a week enjoying your family.
  • Stop eating fast food. Make slow changes by eating one healthy meal a week.
  • Read more. Give Social Media a break!
  • Give money to a worthy cause every month id that’s doable.
  • Stop wishing you were different/ stop comparing yourself to others.
  • Go for a daily walk.
  • Stop dieting: Just eat more fruit and veg and drink a ton of water.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Get a pet!

Here Are Some Cool Resolution Ideas!

  • Write someone a love letter.
  • Spend some time at the arcade and see if you can actually win!
  • Reconnect with estranged friends or family.
  • Get a tattoo.
  • Learn to cook.
  • Spend money on things that create Memories!
  • Grow a mustache.
  • Again, turn off the Internet and television and read a book before falling asleep.
  • Try meditation (This is helping me tremendously).
  • Walk or ride your bike more often instead of driving.
  • Learn something you wish you’d learned as a child.
  • Start a diary/journaling and write down your thoughts.
  • Learn to make the first move, be BOLD, be BRAVE, be the first to dance, grab 2020 by the horns!
  • Get a Mentor!

Try Some Challenging Resolutions!

  • Ride the scariest roller coaster you can think of.                           
  • Quit drinking/smoking
  • Get a six-pack.
  • Don’t let things out of your control overwhelm you.
  • Stop being so negative.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Start a Business!
  • Go a week without your phone!
  • Climb a mountain.
  • If you hate your job, find something that you love to do.
  • Listen to different types of music.
  • Become an expert at something!
  • Meet someone new every day.
  • Make sure you never spend an entire day in the house.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

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