Men should pledge themselves to nothing;
for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.
It is once again that time of year when people pull out their old promises, resolutions, “three words” or whatever method they had planned to use to guide the year, and dust them off. Unfortunately, despite all of the best-laid plans most of these things never came to fruition. Sometimes we plan too much. Sometimes we plan too little. And, sometimes, we don’t make any kind of realistic plan in place at all. In a Forbes post last year, it stated that fewer than 10% of people were able to keep their resolutions. So, here is a slightly different take on the upcoming year, and we will talk about this more as the year begins:
This year, sit down, make your S.M.A.R.T. goals… and then do. It seems that most of the derailment happens somewhere between the planning phase and the execution phase.
So, gather up your materials and review what worked for you, and what didn’t work. And then, much more importantly you need to make two decisions.
Choose the one thing you want to happen or to be different in your life by year’s end.
Then honestly look at your time, how you spend it and decide what you are truly willing to do to get that accomplished.
Make a sign, literally. Make several copies of this and post it all the places you need to see it as a reminder. Because, you see, all of the planning, all of the list-making, all of the best intentions, all of the talking don’t mean a thing if you don’t do.