If you’re like most people, every January it’s the same old story…you make “New Year’s Resolutions” & vow to do things like lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, drink less, etc. Maybe you even get a little creative and resolve to pay off a debt, start recycling, go back to school, get a better job, or just be nicer to your neighbors. No matter what your resolution is, chances are you probably never actually accomplish it.
That’s why I changed my approach to “New Year’s Resolutions” a few years ago, and now I focus on “New Month Resolutions” instead. After all, why do you think most people don’t achieve their resolution goals? Because we give up after a few weeks when it has become inconvenient, difficult, or maybe even impossible, to accomplish the original goal.
So now I work on twelve different goals each year: some simple…like reconnecting with old friends (January) or organizing my receipts & getting my taxes done (March), and some more difficult…like updating my resume (February) or getting ready for swimsuit season (April). But no matter what the goal is, it’s a little bit easier knowing I only have to concentrate on one thing at a time. And once I accomplish the goal, it’s easier to make the action a routine or a habit.
I haven’t quite finished getting my tax receipts to the CPA (I still have 10 days left this month!!), but I am doing better at keeping up with old friends. I took some great trips with old friends in January and have sent several cards & made a few phone calls to others recently. Now it’s highly possible that the April resolution may get moved to May (after all, the pool doesn’t open till Memorial Day anyway…what’s the rush, right?), but if so, I’m sure I’ll come up with something else to accomplish next month. And now that it’s in writing (by the way, starting a blog was also one of my resolutions for March), I’m giving you permission to hold me accountable for the next 8 months!
If you’re one of those who can set a New Year’s Resolution and make it work for twelve months, congratulations! Let me know how you do it. And if you can’t, try a New Month Resolution in April, and let me know how that works out too!