How To Own Your Next Set Of Resolutions And Make Them Happen
We’re living in a very interesting time. Many of us started the year with good intentions, only to have it dissipate as the month progressed.
Whatever plans we had originally at the beginning of the year, there’s a high chance that our current worldwide situation has forced many of us to abandon it.
However, the year is not lost.
There’s still hope.
The thing with resolutions is that they’re supposed to help you get to a particular outcome. Resolutions, in essence, is one part process and one part goal setting.
You need both to achieve and arrive at the destination you hoped for when you first decided to be resolute towards your chosen thing.
There’s a misconception that you have to start at the beginning of the year, month or even week. I’m not sure how but we’ve come to this belief that if we want to do something significant, we must attach it to a significant date.
But in reality, this is all arbitrary.
Every day contains the same set of 24 hours, regardless of whatever else is happening in the world right now. Time will continue to trudge forward and waits for no one.
The truth is, one delay after another eventually compounds to nothing achieved over time.
When we fail to acknowledge this truth, we fail to acknowledge the reason behind you’re not making progress on your resolution — which was the same as last year and the year before.
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
When it comes to moving forward with your resolution, there will always be some sort of hurdle that you’ll need to figure out. Sometimes, these hurdles trip us up in a way that makes us feel as if it is impossible to continue forward.
However, the act of achieving your resolution is also a journey that you must travel.
In order to own your resolutions and finally claim that victory for achieving your goals, here is a three-step guide on what to do and how to get there.
Take stock of what you want to achieve
You need to be clear and be real with your goals.
The purpose of having a resolution is help you achieve your dreams and desires. It’s supposed to help you get from point A to point B.
This means you need to figure out exactly what that point B is and assess where your point A currently is.
You need to understand your current situation as much as where you want to end up.
A lot of people make resolutions without first assessing these two points and jump right in. This often results in a lack of or misguided direction.
When you are clear with what you want to achieve out of your resolution, it will give you a clearer travel plan to work with.
Make a bare minimum game plan
In the world of startups and quick pivoting businesses, there’s a thing called MVP — minimum viable product.
The idea behind MVP is to create something that works and see if the market will bite. If not, then it’s not a complete loss and becomes a learning experience. If it works, then they’ve just struck gold with minimal investment.
The same idea can be applied to figuring out how to own and smash your resolutions.
Make a bare minimum game plan — that is, a list of minimum things you must do in order to make progress. The next step is to schedule it in and follow through with it over a period of time.
Set a short time frame.
Because you need feedback on how you’re doing. There’s a high chance that you might be setting the bar too high or overloading yourself with too much in the beginning.
You haven’t figured out what the right pace and load are quite yet.
That’s why you need a short time frame to assess how you’re going.
If things aren’t going as planned for whatever reason, it gives you the opportunity to pivot your gameplan while remaining on the journey towards winning your resolution.
If you’re failing to adhere to the schedule or complete the tasks, then it means that the things are not minimum enough. When you fail, it means that you’re trying to do something that’s too big, too complicated or just simply not feasible based on the current restrictions you’re facing.
You need to relax a little. Make the task smaller and smaller until you are finally winning at them. Only then should you begin to expand and make it bigger once again.
Assess and reassess
Being self-aware on where you are on your journey towards achieving your resolution is important.
The purpose of resolutions is to create change. If you are not aware of where you currently are, you cannot accurately assess how much you’ve changed and in which direction.
Do a regular self-review on what you did well, in addition to what you didn’t do too well, and how you can improve on it.
In part, achieving a resolution is about establishing a certain set of repeated actions over time. This will allow you to gain the benefits of these actions in a cumulative manner.
Keeping a close eye on this will ensure that you’re going in the right direction. Speed doesn’t matter as much in the beginning — only that you keep moving.
Don’t tire yourself out by sprinting in the first leg of the race. Rather, start slow, build your resistance and resilience — only then should you think about speeding up.
It’s not the winning that teaches you how to be resilient. It’s the setback. It’s the loss.
Setting resolutions are easy. The act of starting and continuing a resolution to its completion is the hard part.
Something will always come up and it’s our decision to adapt with a new bare minimum gameplan that will move us forward.
Owning your resolution is an act of taking ownership of yourself and your actions. only then can you truly begin to win and reap the rewards of the transformation that your resolutions bring.