The New Year is perfect time to start fresh and to make resolutions. And resolutions are as American as apple pie: According to CNN, approximately 100 million Americans make resolutions every year. Sadly, within six months, 60 percent of those well-meaning people have abandoned their resolutions, according to psychologist John Norcross.
Why? Lots of reasons, including lack of support, lack of preparation, lack of forethought, etc. But today I am going to focus on how to be successful. If you focus on these four Rs you will make better resolutions in the first place, and you will be better able to achieve your goals. Here they are:
- Results. Know your results: What specifically do you want? What are the results you seek?
- Reasons. When we leverage the reasons why we set a goal, the probability of accomplishing it increases exponentially. So create a compelling why. Why do you want to achieve this goal?
- Resources. No resolution will be met without the proper resources. What resources do you have to make your resolution happen?
- Responsibility. Finally, this is your resolution; you are responsible. You have to take the bull by the horns, develop a game plan, and hold yourself accountable.
Good luck! And for more on the Four Rs, please visit: http://aimleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/4-Rs-Achieving-your-Resolutions.pdf