3 Vigilant Strategies for New Year’s Resolution Success.
‘Tis the season to make (and break) New Year’s Resolutions. Whether it’s getting in shape, building a more successful business, improving your work-life balance, or becoming a better parent/friend/partner, we’ve all been there before. The resolutions are easy to make. Not so easy to keep. Heck, life gets in the way real fast.
I believe the reason why we fail so miserably, so often, with our resolutions can be traced directly back to complacency. It doesn’t take too long after New Year’s Eve (or the hangover on New Year’s Day) for us to get comfortable, maybe a little self-satisfied. The pants aren’t quite as tight once we quit the holiday snacking (and drinking) for a few days (or we start wearing those bigger pants we bought). That complacency makes it super easy for us to forget about the resolutions as quickly as we conjured them.
I wrote a book this past year titled Be Vigilant! Strategies to Stop Complacency, Improve Performance, and Safeguard Success. Here are a few vigilant strategies from the book that will immediately improve the probability of success for your resolutions. All of them can be implemented starting today!
1. Make Yourself Publicly Accountable and Commit to Transparency.
It’s one thing to commit to yourself that you’re going to give up drinking for a month, or that you’re going to get in shape, or that you’re going to be a more attentive partner. It’s another to publicly pronounce it so that you’re accountable. Put it in writing (or in social media). Designate timeframes. Commit to providing transparency in terms of updates (both positive and negative).
You’ll find that the accountability and transparency will naturally create vigilance. There’s more at stake – it’s not just the resolution, it’s now your credibility. You’ll even find that the increased public support you’ll receive from your community will fuel your desire (and ability to succeed).
2. Identify The Threats.