Happy New Year! 2022 is finally here and a lot of people have the tradition of starting the year with new year's resolutions. That's something I've never done. I've always felt that if something was important enough for me to decide I'm going to do it at the beginning of the year, it's probably important enough for me to just decide I'm going to do it right then and there.
Studies show that about 60% of us make New Year's resolutions each year; sadly, only about 8% of us achieve them. I’ve found that when I coach my clients who are disappointed in their ability to achieve their goals, asking three questions is helpful in getting them unstuck and back on track:
My first question is, how realistic were you about where you were starting?
My second question is, how realistic were you about where you were going?
My third question is, how realistic were you about what it would take to get there?
When we fall short of our self-imposed expectations, I really believe it’s because we aren’t being realistic to start with.
This year, how about we try something different and instead of declaring New Year's resolutions, we set our INTENTIONS for the new year. We're still trying to discover what the next normal is for us, as individuals, as employees, as employers, as a society. One of the things that I like to share with my clients whenever they're making a decision, is to think about three questions.
Is this the right thing?
Is this the right thing for me, and
Is this the right thing for me right now?
During the next few blogs, I will be unpacking these questions and their importance for setting realistic and achievable goals, not resolutions for ourselves.