Need a Resolution? (Part IV)

This is my final installment of my blog series: Need a Resolution? I have been suggesting some New Year’s resolutions to you who may not have one. Today — I have a great idea that’s both practical and fruitful.

Did you know 4 out of 5 people who make New Year’s resolutions eventually break them? In fact, a third won’t even make it to the end of January. Time management firm, FranklinCovey, polled more than 15,000 customers about their planned New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are the old standbys — get out of debt and save more, lose weight and exercise. Getting organized and spending more time with family also top the list. Nearly 40% of those surveyed attribute breaking their resolutions to having too many other things to do, while 33% say they simply aren’t committed to the resolutions they set. But experts say the real problem is that people make the wrong resolutions. The typical resolution often reflects a general desire, rather than a specific goal.

“Many clients make broad resolutions, but I advise them to focus on the goals so they are not overwhelmed,” said New York University nutritionist, Lisa R. Young. “Small and tangible one-day-at-a-time goals work best.”

So, here’s the resolution. You want to improve. You want to grow. You want to be a better “you” at the end of 2011 than in January. So, why not create a personal growth plan? But instead of just saying you will read more books or try to attend a conference, set some very specific goals. Here’s what I do.

Each year in January, I take a day completely alone. On that day, I reflect on my personal mission statement and my core values. Then, I determine a handful of areas in which I want to grow in the new year. It may be to become a better communicator, a better money-saver or a more effective leader. Then, I attach specific goals to each category. For instance, this past year:

• I decided to read two books a month, based on the growth areas I chose.
• I listened 5 times a week to teaching CDs or podcasts in my car.
• I subscribed to 11 magazines that I tear apart and save articles.
• I chose 6 mentors that would speak into my life on those 6 growth areas.
• I attended 4 events that helped me grow in my chosen areas.

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Need a Resolution? (Part IV)