(This article was previously posted January 2015)
It is that time of the year again. It is the time when we set new goals and new resolutions. It is time for out with the old and in with the new.
One good thing about starting a new year is it makes you feel that you get a do over. If it did not work last year, you can start all over again in the new year. If you are one who set the same goals year after year only to have them fizzle out by March or maybe even by February, make this the year you break that cycle and begin to MEET your goals. It all depends on what and how much you are willing to invest. To help you succeed at meeting your goals, why not consider the following:
Money – Many goals require some investment of money regardless of how small the amount may be. So, do the math to determine how much it will cost you to meet your goal. Also, ask yourself, Will it break the bank? Do I need to borrow the money? And, are loved ones who might be affected by this investment, on board with me? How will I get them to buy in?
Emotional Energy – When setting goals, we don’t usually plan how much emotional energy we might have to invest. Thinking ahead on how much emotional energy we may have to put into meeting a goal can be the biggest deciding factor as to whether we succeed or not. When the energy output and input is positive, we are good to go. However, what happens when the energy output is negative because the energy input is negative? Think about it. How do you feel when you don’t get the support you are expecting from others? Or, how do you feel when you get so close to meeting your goal and you have a setback? Oftentimes, it makes you want to give up, doesn’t it? So, to stay on track, minimize negative emotion by deciding ahead how you will choose to react or respond to Negative Nellies, naysayers, and setbacks.
Energy Management – Energy management is just as important as time management, if not more important. You may have all the time in the world to do something but absolutely no get up and go to get it done. Your energy is zapped, kaput, gone! So how do you manage your energy in order to meet your goals? Develop a good exercise routine. Eat well. Get enough rest. Take breaks as needed to recover. Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project, whose methods I absolutely love, says in his book, The Power of Full Engagement – We must learn to live our own lives as a series of sprints – fully engaging for periods of time, and then fully disengaging and seeking renewal before jumping back into the fray to face whatever challenges confront us. – He went on to say – When we expend energy, we draw down our reservoir. When we recover energy, we fill it back up. – (end quote) Schwartz applies this principle to our mental and emotional energy as well.
Time – We are all leading and living busy lives. So where can we find the time to meet our goals? Sometimes it may require sacrificing a little bit here and there. And sometimes, it may be just a matter of cutting back on things that eat into our time. First, and foremost, get organized. Nothing eats into our time more than disorganization. We lose an average of one to two hours each day looking for misplaced items. Also, try cutting back on time spent on the internet, social media, watching television, and talking on the phone. Try getting up earlier than usual to work on something related to your goal. And just say, ” No”, to persons who constantly infringe on your time. Can you imagine the amount of time you will find to work on meeting your goals when you try any or all of the above suggestions?
Have a productive year!