It’s New Year: the holiday when friends, family, and coworkers start comparing ambitious goals for their lives and simultaneously offering excuses for why they might not quite meet those goals. In the past, you’ve made resolutions that you’ve kept and a few that you haven’t. Maybe you’ve written off the whole “New Year’s Resolution” tradition. Well, I suggest that you give it another shot.
There are so many reasons to embrace the New Year as a chance to do real good for yourself and others. I had set some real goals for 2016: rebranding UB Super, optimizing our website, and formulating an innovative new product (more to come in 2017). Incredibly, I met those goals! The UB Super website functions better than ever and serves more happy customers than I could have imagined.
Keys To A Super New Year
While there is no secret formula for success, here are a couple of things that I’ve learned along the way.
- Celebrate. Review everything that you accomplished in 2016. It’s possible that you exceeded all of your resolutions, and it’s possible that you didn’t. That is not the point. The point is the you DID things. You trained for that marathon. You took the kids on that wilderness adventure. You researched ways to eat cleanly and you made changes. Celebrate the steps you’ve taken, big or small, toward the life that you want to live.
- Create. While you are riding the wave of accomplishments from 2016, it’s time to think about what lies ahead. Create a list of goals. Write down everything you are aiming to accomplish in 2017. Some of your resolutions may be left over from last year. Others may be brand new dreams. I recommend that you spend a few days on this, because you would be amazed at how many important goals will slip your mind when you first create your list. While you’re at it, ask a friend or significant other to remind you of the things that you talk about doing but don’t actually do.
- Categorize. For half of you, categorizing and organizing is your happy place. For the other half of you, your eyes glazed over when you read this step. But seriously, if I learned one thing in 2016, it is this: you can’t achieve your goals without dedicated time and planning. So grab the list you created and categorize it. My most helpful categories are:
- goals that you can meet right away: like adding mindfulness meditation to your bedtime routine
- goals you need skills for: like rock climbing
- goals you need to research: like that cross country trip that you’ve always dreamed of
- Calibrate. To calibrate is to assess and adjust until something works properly. For the rest of 2017, this master list of goals that you created and categorized will serve as a guide to accomplishing your goals. Check in with the guide every week. Have you checked off an item from the list of goals that you can meet right away? Have you registered for a course, bought a book, or met with an expert in order to get the skills you need for your goals? Have you done some research this week so that you can move ahead on those goals you need to research? If the answer to these questions is “no”, then you can learn how to calibrate your goals better. Maybe you need to optimize your goals by splitting them into smaller, more achievable milestones. Maybe you need to cut back on something that is taking your time and energy away from accomplishing your resolutions.
It is possible to achieve more than you imagine this year. So put in the hard work of preparation and fuel yourself for a more vibrant, healthy, flourishing New Year.
Here’s to 2017 and a #RealGoodYou.
Scott Kanyok, Founder