Have you joined the 80% of New Year’s resolution makers who have given up on their 2017 resolutions by mid-February? Are you feeling disappointed and unsure what to do now? We can all relate to stumbling along the way to reaching our goals. It is ok to slip up. A friend once said to me, “if you trip on the stairs, do you catch yourself or just throw yourself down the stairs because you already tripped anyway?” You get back up, learn from the setback, make adjustments, and keep on walking. It is time to evaluate and re-energize your 2017 goals using the Producktivity® Principles: Identify. Connect. Organize.
Step 1: Identify – Write down the goals you set for 2017. What is your “Why?” What value will they provide? Why did you choose these over others? Was your focus on spending more time with your friends and family, earning more money, to travel, to improve your health? A strong “why” will re-energize your commitment when the initial excitement and motivation wear off. Did you have the opportunity to reflect on 2016 to assist with planning your goals for 2017? If not, you still can and I invite you to read my blog, No More Resolutions; Plan and Achieve Your Goals in the New Year to help get you started.
Step 2: Connect – What has held you back from achieving your goals? Being aware of what is holding you back will connect you to next steps to get you back on track. Is it time, energy, or interest level? Reflect on whether you set the right goals. It is ok to modify your goals. Is it that you do not want to work on it because it is too overwhelming? That is where I was with my health. I lost weight last year and felt great. I still had additional weight to lose, but I got too comfortable. I maintained for a while, but then started to slide. I didn’t want to go and weigh in, because I would have to face where I am and what was still ahead of me on my road to improve my health. I went back to my why, and focused on what I could do to take my first step to get back on track. I went to a meeting and got support from friends to re-energize my weight loss goal.
Step 3: Organize – Once you have committed to your goals and established your why, the final step is determining how you will achieve them. Author Brian Tracy suggests mindstorming. Creating a list of at least 20 ways to accomplish your goal helps you to see that it is possible and that there are many ways to get there. You also want to pace yourself. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Small actions each day will not only build habits, the feeling of accomplishment on a daily basis will motivate you to keep going. What is your first action you will take this week to work toward your goals? Schedule it, mark it on your work and personal calendars, and tell a supportive friend, colleague, or family member who will ask you about it next week to build in accountability.
Using the Producktivity® Principles allows you move your goals forward. Set the right goals for you, strengthen your why, determine what is holding you back, and take your next step. It is never to late to get started. Poet Carl Bard reminds us that though no one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Producktivity® is a unique, interactive personal and professional organizational tool that assists individuals and organizations with improving their decision making and time management skills.