The Countdown to 2016 is on. Are you Ready?

December 11, 2015, by , Posted in Blog,Leadership,LEADERtips, 0 Comment

As the year winds down, I get wound up and excited for the new year. An opportunity to pursue new challenges and adventures, while pushing forward to accomplish those resolutions which continue to elude me (like taking 10 years off of my face and body:).

However many people; professionals included, have their own challenges simply nailing down what it is they want to go after in the new year. They feel pressure to set resolutions – after all, how would you answer the never ending question, “what are your new years resolutions?”. No one wants to say, I haven’t set any; that sounds weak. At the same time, giving up on those resolutions four to six weeks in, also leaves the most ambitious folks feeling defeated.

So what can you do to ensure your resolutions stick long after the parties are done and the holiday bills are paid?

LEADERtips:

  • You have to commit to the resolutions or goals you set. You have to want, not need, to accomplish those goals.
  • Assess the ‘why’ you want to achieve your resolution(s); since the why has to mean a great deal to you, if you are going to fully commit to them. If you don’t feel fully committed, ask ‘why’ again; Why am I not committed? Determine if it is fear, uncertainty, insecurity that is causing you to question yourself…. and keep in mind, feeling a little anxiety and fear about a resolution, goal or dream is natural; exciting.
  • Then identify up front what the roadblocks, mental games, or self-sabotaging behavior will be that will break down your will power, and potentially cause you to give up on the ‘why’ you committed to your resolution in the first place.
  • Once you have identified them, come up with the preventive measures you can take to not allow yourself to give up, i.e. if it is a fitness goal, but you work to late to get to the gym – block your calendar out with YOU appointments, that act just like any other appointment, and you have to keep it. Or rework your work schedule – get up earlier, or decide to go to bed later. Go to the gym at lunch, or bring sneakers to work and take a long walk during a lunch break – even if you take calls while you are walking. Don’t make excuses that only hurt YOU.
  • Take a look back over the past year, and confront what worked for you during the year, and what did not – and be honest about it. Did you use work as an excuse not to pursue your resolution, or did a friend contribute to your demise? Did you excuse your goals away because of money, family or other ‘lies’ you told yourself?  Were you excited at first, then something got in the way – was it life or your mental focus that got in the way? What could you have done to push through it?

If you want to make, keep and achieve your goals and resolutions – discover what they are, confront what will sabotage you, and shed anything and everything that will get in your way, while you create and accelerate those things, people and resources that will support your achievements!!!  Then just go for it!  And don’t give up the first time it gets hard, scary, or emotional.

Anything worth pursuing will be hard, scary and emotional – be okay with that. Don’t allow for another year to go by, leaving your goals and resolutions behind!!

Bernadette Boas is the ball of fire business consultant, leadership coach, author, screenwriter, and radio host behind Ball of Fire Consulting, Ball of Fire Inc. (media/publishing), Shedding the Bitch Radio, and her book Shedding the Corporate Bitch, Shifting Bitches to Riches in Life and Business. Buy it now on Amazon.

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