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Resolutions Fail – 3 Ways To Set Ones That Stick

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By mid January every year the word resolution is everywhere.  It seems like all the same old diet companies, exercise equipment providers, personal growth gurus, business marketers, and many others are plastered all over the media with their latest and greatest ways to get you to set new years resolutions.  Look carefully and you will see that most of them are recycled forms of promises that didn’t work in the past or programs with shiny new packaging on the exterior but nothing really new on the inside.

Many make resolutions. Some fail almost immediately within the first week or month. Some experience some success for a short while. MOST cannot achieve and sustain the resolution goals they set.

Most studies suggest that only 8% of those who make resolutions will realize their goals and be able to sustain them as their new normal!

ONLY 8%!

Instead of repeating the same old patterns and looking for answers in the same old places lets reframe the old resolution concept into something that will work for you.  In doing so it’ll help you change behaviours to take breakthrough steps and actually realize goals you set personally or professionally. This will help whenever you pause to set goals and not just at the start of the calendar year.

So why do so many fail with their resolutions?

Most posts on the subject will say it has to do with ineffective goal setting, planning, and scheduling. These are very important steps but I believe the real reason is not getting to heart of what really matters to you personally and processionally and not focusing your time and energy on those things. Whether that is building upon them or addressing barriers that currently prevent you from fully embracing them.

R is for resolutions but it also stands for 3 important steps to help you set resolutions that really matter and ones you can make stick.

Consider these 3 Additional R’s To Help Your Resolutions Work

Let these three “R”s guide you into a year ahead where you live your ideal life while also growing the thriving business you want.

R is for Reflect

Set aside some time over the next few days to reflect on the past year.  Looking back enables you to see what worked and what did not.  It brings it to your conscious awareness.  If you do not consciously reflect you are setting yourself up to repeat old unhealthy patterns personally or professionally.  Answer these questions honestly and openly.

What were my 3 greatest accomplishments personally in the past year.

Then ask, what were my 3 greatest accomplishments professionally in the past year.

Of course with the good comes the bad. So next focus on challenges you faced.

Ask, what were my 3 greatest challenges personally in the past year.

Then ask, what were my 3 greatest challenges professionally in the past year.

R is for Renew

Embrace the great choices you made for yourself last year and see the lessons you were meant to learn from your challenges. See the patterns you lived that acted to knock you off track.  Renew your commitment to yourself in the year ahead by answering the following question.

What are my top 3 goals or experiences I want to create personally in they year ahead?

Then ask, what are my top 3 goals or experiences I want to create professionally in they year ahead?

R is for Rocket

Rocket into action.

Draw from all you revealed in the reflect and renew questions and ask yourself this question.

Where do I most want to create a massive breakthrough in the year ahead?

In framing your answer be sure to make it a measurable one with a definitive date to achieve it. For example… I will shift from A (my old result or habit or way) to B (my new goal) by this specific date.

Keep on doing and reinforcing the things that are working.  Even evolve them so they support you more and more.  But now make this ONE key goal your priority among all other priorities. See how achieving this breakthrough will have a ripple effect on many other things at work, at home, or beyond. Make this goal a deep and compelling enough one that it motivates you even when powerful forces within you and out there around you conspire to knock you off track yet again.

This is a healthier and more powerful starting point. It is only the starting point though. In order to execute and actually achieve your goal comes the next level of establishing an effective process of action. That process needs to include proper daily actionable steps that will lead to your goal, an effective way of tracking your steps, and finally a remaining accountable.

If you struggle with setting your vision and establishing direction for your year ahead or creating and executing your plan then contact me for a complimentary consultation. I’ll help you set goals that matter and take the steps to actually make them stick this time.

Here’s to your health, happiness, and prosperity in the year ahead and beyond!

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Brent Haydey is an experienced life and business coach in Edmonton, renowned for his calming, empathetic, and results-driven approach. With over 30 years of experience, he specializes in helping individuals and entrepreneurs find balance and success, blending teaching, mentoring, and coaching for impactful life changes.

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