By: Candace Lelo
We are ten months into the year. We are about three quarters of the way done with 2015. Yikes!
Is it me or does it seem like once you hit your mid twenties, time starts flying at warp speed? Maybe, it’s because you start seeing your entire life flash before your eyes like a mini-series. You realize you haven’t hit half the milestones you thought you would…or maybe you’ve hit more than you can handle.
I digress. This article isn’t about how time flies in relation to life in general but how fast a year goes by before you can meet all your resolutions. I cannot be the only one who feels like a week ago I was in a room with my peers counting down the seconds to 2015. Did someone grab my DVR remote and skip to the end of the year before I could belt out Happy New Year?
Nielson listed the top 10 NYE Resolutions for 2015 as follows:
- Stay Fit and Healthy 37%
- Lose Weight 32%
- Enjoy Life to the Fullest 28%
- Spend less, save more 25%
- Spend more time with family and friends 19%
- Get organized 18%
- Will not make any resolutions 16%
- Learn something new/ new hobby 14%
- Travel More 14%
- Read More12%
I’m sure half of you would agree with 2 to 3 things on this list. How many of you truly committed to your resolutions or even non resolutions? I’ll be honest, I like to make goals regardless of what time of the year it is. I dig the overall purpose of setting resolutions.
Most of us are trying to do things to better ourselves in the short time we have on earth. We want to make the most of our time and that’s completely understandable.
So what can you do if you’ve realized the year is almost over and you haven’t made the progress you anticipated? You evaluate, revise, and execute.
We make goals that are way too general. When I was a college athlete, one of the things my coach taught me was to make measurable goals. I ran track, so the goal went beyond simply running as fast as I could. The goal was to run a specific event in a certain amount of time. That is a clear and measurable goal. I even recall an interview I watched on television in which one of the greatest sprinters of our time, Maurice Green, explained how he wrote down the sprint record that he wanted to break on a piece of paper and kept it in his track spikes. Talk about making yourself a specific tangible goal. You don’t have to take that route but your resolutions should be measurable, specific and obtainable.
Once you write out what your goals are, it is a good idea to establish how you are going to meet those goals.
General goal: I would like to lose weight
Specific goal: I would like to lose 10 pounds in 3 months.
Then ask yourself how?
Promote better eating habits: Eat less carbohydrates, fats, and sugars. Eat more fruits veggies and lean meats. Increase exercise: Attend 3 workout classes a week. Do cardio two times a week. Strength train two times a week.
See what I did here? I took a very general goal made it more specific and wrote out the ways in which the goal could be reached.
One of the goals I had this year was to become more socially active in organizations that would benefit my community. The best way to achieve a goal is to just do it. I had been following a young professionals group for the past three years and I knew they met the second Tuesday of each month but I had yet to attend a meeting. This past month I attended my first meeting and was pleasantly surprised. I was able network with other business minded professionals like myself, where they explained their mission and the things they do in the community. I also found out about future events that could prove very beneficial to my overall development and others around me. In this situation I had a goal that I made specific. I planned how I would achieve the goal and executed it. Once you decide to not let opportunity pass you by the more opportunities open up to you.
So as we venture into this last quarter of a year dust off that now old “NYE” resolution list. Re-charge, re-focus and re-energize yourself, so you can keep pushing towards your life goals!
What sort of resolution did you set for yourself this year? What is holding you back and what will you do to ensure that you meet those goals? Let us know in the feedback section below…we’d love to hear from you!