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Resolve Not To Give Up On That Goal

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: A view of the goal post prior to the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: A view of the goal post prior to the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Have you noticed that over 92% of people who either had a New Year’s Resolution or had something they definitely wanted to do or to change in the New Year have already moved on – given up – quit stopped – already forgot about it?

This is a Career and Workplace column so we will go there in a moment – promise.

Let’s take a quick review of some the top reasons why people just stop and never move forward on their New Year’s Resolutions.

  • People make too many large size or super size resolutions. One of the top New Year’s Resolutions is to get fit or to lose weight. Why not say: “I will no longer Super Size my fast food meals and I will no longer drink soda.” If they did this and just this, I would be willing to bet many would lose some weight. Select one or two BIG ITEMS to achieve.
  • When we set goals for ourselves, especially a stretch goal, we will all hit upon a challenge or two, an obstacle or something difficult to overcome. It is only if we are crystal clear about the significance to us of our resolutions will we be able to overcome these challenges. In essence we must OWN THEM.
  • A resolution kept in our head is just a random thought or a vague idea. When we write out our resolutions or goals we wish to achieve now we are putting some meat on the bone. We have something to chew on. This may be crystallized and we become ready to take action.
  • Each of us must decide how to keep our resolution in front of us. A colorful sticky note on the mirror to see each morning and evening may work for many people. Others may want to utilize their screensaver. You choose what works for you – keep it in front of you so you see it often daily.
  • Especially if we have more than one big goal we must revisit that goal and our progress toward that goal on a regular basis.
  • Our New Year’s Resolution is our promise to do something. Let others know about it. This will create some form of accountability. As people we know will ask us “how is it going?”
  • Participating in a Mastermind group of some type of a group where each person is there to achieve a goal themselves. The type of group which meets or speaks as a group on a regular basis. This is the best way to insure success of achievement.

What did you say you would resolve to do in the New Year in your career and workplace? Write it out. Revisit the steps above and make it happen!

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.