Get Ready For The Big Turnaround…
Something is wrong with this picture. Every January, people all over the world make new year’s resolutions – firm decisions to do or not do something. Depending on where you get your numbers, 80 to 90 percent of them fail!
The approach most take to set resolutions is where the problem begins. Fortunately, there is a better way to make resolutions and get better results!
While it’s important to be “resolute”, a basic new year’s resolution will set you up to fail. Why?
I’m going to keep it simple … Most people declare a big outcome (like “I’m going to lose 20 pounds”) but don’t make the effort to get clear about why, or to break their desired outcome into interim measurable goals.
Beating the Odds
If you want to beat the odds, you should think about your resolutions the way I train businesses to do it! We set a 3-year picture, a 1-year plan and 90-day rocks. The principle here is starting with some big ideas about an outcome and then working backward with the things that have to occur to make that outcome a reality. This helps us get confident about what to do and when to do it. Without this confidence, it can feel easier to abandon the goal and try to forget it than to face the shame of not doing what we said we’d do.
With businesses, we work to get clear about the “three-year picture”. This helps them to connect with the “why”. Rather than have too many specific goals, we simply describe what the business feels like – establishing an emotional connection to the future and the things we see happening in the business? For a personal health goal this may be something like “I am excited to participate in 3 fitness events in 2022! I enjoy feeling good when I wake up in the morning! I’m loving my new well-fitting wardrobe.”
In a one-year plan we get more specific about measurable goals that must be achieved to make the 3-year picture a reality. What could I do to be on track to participate in three fitness events 3 short years from now? Maybe it’s one event this year and two next year. What could I do this year to reduce inflammation so my knees and ankles don’t feel tight when I jump out of bed in the morning? Maybe it’s eat right and get more sleep. What new wardrobe items will I buy as a reward for losing 20 pounds?
These are the 3 to 7 big things you will achieve this quarter to ensure you’re on track to achieve your one-year plan. Not 37 things … taking on too much is a sure-fire way to lose focus and get nothing done. Going back to our example, this might look like losing 5 pounds this quarter… How? By 1)going to the gym 3 days a week for all 13 weeks this quarter, and 2) focusing daily on my nutrient intake macros (protein, fat and carb ratios) with a goal of meeting my target macro 6 days out of 7 each week. 3) Sleeping 7 hours each night.
Another key element in achieving your Rocks (goals) is to keep score. In the businesses I work with we build a scorecard with 5 to15 lead measures for the whole business (the inputs that lead to the outcomes we’re after). Don’t you think your chances of hitting an annual goal would improve if you were watching the little things that would ensure good outcomes every week along the way?
Worth the Time and Effort
If your resolutions really mean something to you, isn’t it worth it to spend some time ensuring you are clear on WHY you want the outcome and getting emotionally invested to make it a reality? Write goals with words that express how you feel. Isn’t it worth a little extra thought to break your big objectives into bite-sized chunks you can evaluate a year, a quarter, and a week at a time? This is a great way to keep your goals “On Track”!
The Big Turn Around
Rather than a gloomy 80% chance of failure, making an emotional connection, breaking down some detail in your goals and implementing some basic weekly tracking will turn the statistic around and ensure you have an 80% to 90% success rate. To me this sounds better than the common approach of writing a long list of wishes on a list, sealing it up in an envelope only to open it next New Year’s day to review the things you forgot about and failed at!
A Happier New Year’s Day in 2021
Understanding your “WHY” and breaking your objectives into measurable interim goals that contribute to the outcome will ensure your next New Year’s Day is an even happier one!
Here’s to your success in 2020!
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Professional EOS Implementer