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Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions This Year

27 Dec 2018

With the upcoming start of a new year, this is an exciting and hopeful time to set resolutions. It’s when we feel motivated to change. We set out to get in shape, to be a better leader, a kinder human being. We tell ourselves, “Now is the time to make it happen!”

However, after a few weeks, it’s clear that many goal setters don’t become goal achievers. Where did we get the idea that getting in shape would be easy? How could we think that improving our leadership style would have no challenges? When did we start believing that getting cut off while driving would have no effect on our mood? We are surprised and discouraged when we hit the first bump in the road. As soon as working towards our goal turns out to be hard work, we start to second guess ourselves.

To prime ourselves for success, we need to be aware of and prepare for the four major challenges that we tend to underestimate: 

  • Time: We notice that it’s taking much longer to see results than we anticipated.  We become impatient. Finding the motivation to work on our new goal gets tougher.
  • Effort: Achieving our goal turns out to be a lot harder than we thought it would be. We are tired from our already busy lives and question if our new goal is worth pursuing.
  • Competing goals: We get distracted by another urgent obligation that needs immediate attention. Our original goal is pushed to the side – and sometimes forgotten.
  • Maintenance: After achieving our goal, we fall back into old habits that forced us to set the goal in the first place. Now we have to start over again and that discourages us.

Infomercials and pundits attempt to convince us that there is a “quick and easy” solution for everything. That results will be “immediate.” Here is the truth: Anything meaningful and worthwhile involves hard work and takes time. No magic formula or product will make you a better leader, professional, or person. Only you can do it, with perseverance and focus.

If you are willing to put in the hours, to stick with new behavior, and to get back on track when you slip up, then you will see incredible results in your life.  Successful people don’t let setbacks stop them from achieving their goals – they keep pushing forward, day by day, until they succeed.

May you see even greater success in 2019. 

Happy New Year!

Life is Good
Will Linssen & Marshall Goldsmith

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