With the New Year festivities now a distant memory for many, most of us are now focused on New Year’s resolutions and making our lives better in 2017. However, it is often an exercise in vain if the chances of the resolution materialising are slim to negligible due to the lack of a simple roadmap.
A simple roadmap should list all the things that need to happen for a resolution to come through. For example, a very popular resolution is to “get a better job”. If the “better job” is in a different occupational sector or industry for example, you may need to get an educational qualification or internship to get a break with your new career. Comprehensive research will quickly identify the deadlines and sub-deadlines for your resolution to come to fruition.
By writing down your resolution and producing a comprehensive list of deadlines and sub-deadlines in addition to potential stumbling blocks (what is holding me back?), you are well on the way to making your own vision, or resolution, a reality. By constantly visiting this list of goals it will help ensure that you visualise your end goal clearly and subconsciously you will be asking yourself to find ways of making your resolutions come true. This slightly obsessive behaviour is perfect for successful goal achievement.
A roadmap when combined with a mentor or coach is a potent force. All successful sports people have a good coach. Does your resolution deserve one also?
Goal setting is an exercise in self-determination as you are taking a major step towards determining your own destiny. This “self-employed” mentality will help ensure that you are really taking charge of your own life and not constantly blaming others for your goals not being achieved.
A resolution is often just a notion which is quickly forgotten after a few weeks unless you convert them into individual goals and take full responsibility for your resolution becoming a reality.