New Year Re-Solutions

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The New Year is synonymous with making resolutions which for most people are knee-jerk responses to overindulgence during Christmas. If we split the word ‘resolutions’ in two, we have ‘re-solutions,’ and with 2015 stretching out in front of us, this is a great time to get curious about creating new solutions to old issues. 

New solutions start with new questions and the questions that follow, are designed to stimulate your thinking and to help you focus on your desired results for the year ahead.

  • What are three issues or situations you would like to resolve in 2015?
  • What do you want to be different this year?
  • If 2015 worked out perfectly for you, what changes would you see?

In today’s hectic world, there are many demands on our time and attention. Without conscious effort it is all too easy to sacrifice what really matters most, as daily urgencies take priority. There is probably plenty we can grumble about, but equally there is plenty we can be thankful for. A useful question that always puts things into perspective, is - at this point in your life and your career, what are you grateful for? 

Twelve more ‘re-solutioning’ questions - 

  1. What would you like to be your biggest achievement in 2015?
  2. What would you be most happy about completing in 2015?
  3. What would you most like to change in 2015?
  4. What are you looking forward to learning in 2015?
  5. What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2015?
  6. In terms of your work/ career, what are you most committed to improving in 
  7. What would you like to stop doing (or have to do less of) in 2015?
  8. What would you like to do more of (or do more consistently) in 2015?
  9. What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2015?
  10. What brings you the most joy and how can you connect with that more purposefully in 2015?
  11. What have you always dreamed about, but have put off, or felt too scared to try, but could attempt in 2015?
  12. What word or phrase would you like to have as your theme in 2015?

What do you want?

This simple question is a great way to focus the mind and it is the foundation of all goal-setting exercises. To put it simply – what do you want in 2015? Variations of this 

  • What do you want your life to be like in 2015? 
  • What do you want in terms of your relationships, your career, your health and well-being, your finances and your friendships in 2015?
  • We all want to be happy, what is your definition of happiness and how can you connect with it more consciously in 2015?

5 Tips for staying on track.

We all know that the vast majority of New Year Resolutions are forgotten by the second week in January, so here are a few tips for staying on track.

 

  1. Write down your goals for 2015 – ‘ink them, don’t think them’. Seeing them written down, they become more real.
  2. Make sure your goals have a positive intent? For example, ‘loosing weight’ is not a positive goal, having a ‘healthy lifestyle’ is. 
  3. Incorporate your goals into your daily or weekly ‘to do’ lists, so working towards them becomes part of your working day.
  4. Share your goals only with those friends and colleagues who you know will be 
  5. Monitor your progress and if you are not getting the results you desire then alter your behaviour. Remember, the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!

If you answer the above questions and forge goals for yourself going into 2015 you are doing something that the vast majority of the people never do. But how will you know you are on the right track unless you know your destination? We get what we focus on, so in 2015 let what you focus on be what’s most important to you. 

 

James Sweetman is a Business & Personal Coach specialising in assisting businesses and individuals realise their potential. He works both on a one-2-one basis with clients as well as delivering workshops on a range of topics including Communication Skills and Motivation. For more information on all his services, visit www.jamessweetman.com. Or e-mail him at james@jamessweetman.com