A new year has arrived and with it the opportunity to set resolutions and goals for yourself and your team. And set them you should – a recent Harris Poll survey in the USA revealed that those who commit fully to their resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve them.
Blrt has dedicated the month of January to the theme of resolutions. It’s our own resolution to help you avoid becoming a statistic of failure (the above survey also revealed that 73% of respondents gave up on their goals) and actually achieve your loftiest ambitions through focus and collaboration.
Crafting the perfect New Year resolution
The first step to achieving your goals is set them properly. Here are some tips:
Decide what you will do rather than what you would like to stop doing. The difference in wording is subtle but the attitudinal difference between a positive goal and a negative one is massive.
Set goals you have the power to achieve and base them in the realm of the likely. “Winning the lottery” is a good example of a resolution that violates both of these rules – it’s neither likely nor within your control. “Eliminate x% of debt” is a much better goal in the same theme of achieving financial independence. By setting an achievable amount of debt to reduce you are likely to reach your goal and doing so is absolutely within your control.
Seek support. Even very personal goals like weight loss or reading more can be made more achievable through teamwork. Find a weight loss buddy and hold each other accountable. Start a book group and bring others along for the literary ride. At the very least you will feel more accountable for your resolutions if you make them publicly known.
Stay motivated. 365 days. 8,760 hours. 525,600 minutes. A year is a long time! This presents two problems: setting subsequent goals and staying motivated over the long haul. The first of these problems is easily addressed by reviewing your progress, seeing what is possible, and setting a new goal that will allow you to grow even further. Goals aren’t just for new years, after all. As for those goals that are still on the to-do list as the year drags on? You’ll need some motivation to see you through!Learn how to craft the perfect New Year resolution Click To Tweet
New Year resolution quotes to keep you motivated
Team Blrt have gathered some new year resolution quotes that will provide the motivation you need to keep going as the days and weeks and months tick by. We’ve gone month by month so bookmark this page and come back when you need a little boost!
January is about setting the right goal or goals and mapping out your roadmap to success. Let this quote serve as a starting point for setting those goals. Whatever the context, the sky is truly the limit when you consider all possibilities in this way. Design your roadmap back to front by first imagining that no obstacles exist and then working out how to eliminate them one by one until you arrive back at square one. You’ll be left with a pretty thorough manual for 2016 success.
Now that you have a clear roadmap, what are you waiting for? Get started! The year is young and the ample amount of time remaining on the calendar may attempt to lull you into a sense of security but don’t fall into this trap. Get started now.
Remember: we have established that you are ten times more likely to achieve your resolutions if you are fully committed to them. Goals that take considerable work (like finishing that novel you’ve been “writing” for ten years) also take considerable dedication. Carve out time in your daily plan to chip away at those bigger projects. The average Australian spends 8.5 hours a week on Facebook (to say nothing of other social media services) – imagine the things you could accomplish if you put down your phone and spent even half of that time on your goals.
Now that you’re focused and making time for your goals, the time is right to enlist a little help. Find other like-minded high achievers (anybody still going on their resolutions in April is likely motivated enough to consider partnering with!) and help each other out. This could be practical (splitting the workload) or spiritual (everybody likes a little moral support!) and while you could probably survive without it (you free spirit, you), Ford reminds us that there is value in working together.
This quote underscores the value of such teamwork. Though you are undoubtedly a singular genius, collaboration (when done properly!) can open your eyes to previously unseen possibilities and enable you to think and dream a little bigger. Don’t be afraid to crowdsource input (may we suggest reaching out via Blrt?) and consider other views.
The value of teamwork now established, it is also important to consider the nature of your teamwork. While there is practical value in outsourcing time-consuming tasks to assistants and other worker bees, you will reach new heights when you are working alongside members of your team rather than merely assigning them tasks. You’re halfway through the year so the time might be right to bring on a partner.
Working alongside your teammates will potentially yield unexpected but delightful results. By bringing others along for your ride you will pull them to new heights and by helping others achieve their own goals you will likewise scale that mountain alongside them. This is the fire in which the longest lasting and most valuable relationships are forged.
By August it is very possible that you will have worked very hard toward your goal and have not yet been given an opportunity to share your creation. It is also said that success occurs when preparation meets opportunity but having spent the whole year preparing it’s unlikely you’re the type who wants to just wait around. In this case: make your own opportunities. Shake down your social and professional networks. Reach out to those who have achieved what you would like to achieve. Find a mentor. Become a mentor. Become known for your hustle.
By now you might have kicked a few goals and have everything on autopilot. Watching everything work can be very satisfying indeed but don’t get stuck admiring your work – put the pedal to the metal and keep pushing forward. To keep the racing metaphors going: you’re on the final lap so don’t slow down!
So far we’ve advised you to work alongside others but also to never slow down. These may seem like competing interests but they need not be. Teammates, partners, and friends will all come and go as we follow our own trajectories. It is unlikely (but not impossible!) that you will have the same professional partners at the end of your career as you did at the beginning, and that’s okay! It merely means that in the process of your growth you were pulled in different directions. You should embrace rather than fear this development. Seek new partners for the next chapter and keep moving ever forward.
The end of the year looms near and some of those new year resolutions might still be unaccomplished. There is still time! Try, try again and if all else fails try one more time. The fight is not over!
The Great Gatsby was not originally written from the perspective of the narrator Nick Carraway – it was only after struggling through many drafts that he couldn’t get to his liking that F. Scott Fitzgerald made the genius change of perspective that helped his novel become a classic.
Like Fitzgerald, it is entirely possible that – despite your very best efforts – things may not have turned out how you would have liked. Unexpected external factors may be to blame or the stars just might not have aligned for you. Don’t despair – just get back to work. Another new year is right around the corner, representing a fresh start for those brave enough to keep fighting the good fight.
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