The goals seem so attainable. The new outfits we buy for our resolutions are fun to wear. And the best part is, we’re actually DOING IT! We’re working the plan, living the dream, making those resolutions a reality while looking like a rock star in that new Armani suit or snazzy Lululemon tank.
Then April rolls in.
The temperature is rising and the grass is growing like crazy. We really should be working on that resolution from January, but we’ve got to mow the lawn instead. Then there’s the kids’ soccer games, deadlines, and all that cleaning…
Spring! With all its demands, the season takes priority as those post-holiday resolutions are left to die in the sun.
And where do we end up? Stuck. Frustrated. Disappointed. (And we’re gonna blame it ALL on Spring because she’s an easy scapegoat.)
The fact is, we lost our momentum. Our goals seemed to disappear among the clouds, making them impossible to reach. Eventually, we will give up and simply make-do until next winter; when January comes around and reminds us of how “stuck” we’ve felt the last eight months.
Is it possible to avoid this annual paradox of deeply desiring to move forward but stalling out every time? Is it possible to do things differently this time around and win?
Absolutely! We can find success with EVERY SINGLE RESOLUTION with just TWO easy steps.
- Step 1 – Find a Vision. Clear, measurable goals will help us SEE success over time. Understanding our goals and breaking them down into manageable, bite-sized pieces will keep us focused throughout the process, even when Spring comes knocking. Our success will ratchet up as the months pass, encouraging us to move forward.
- Step 2 – Find a Friend. Accountability is one of the greatest forces for change. Whether our resolutions are something we want to do on our own (like building a website or cleaning out the garage) OR with others (like joining a gym or learning to paint), we need to find someone (like a colleague, coach, or community) that will consistently support and remind us of our goals and the small steps it takes to reach them. It’s impossible to go back to the way we were if we’re persistently moving ahead.