Featured Whistler Question newspaper column, December 26, 2017: What’s Your Word for 2018?
Whether you are a believer in setting goals or not, there is no denying that it’s a good feeling to start the new year with a clean slate and some direction of what you want to achieve. However, New Year’s resolutions often fall flat with very few people actually achieving goals set at this time of year. In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
One problem is that people succumb to pressure to kick off lofty goals on January 1 and therefore, those objectives are often not grounded in reality. We are a society compelled to achieve more and more but it’s always good to remember that without realistic goals and some planning to achieve them, overwhelm can kick in.
Start with Self-Reflection
A powerful way to push the ‘overwhelm’ away and gain momentum to coast into 2018 is to start with self-reflection. Set aside time to assess your personal and professional development over the past year and use that to determine your future path. Following are questions to drive that process and ultimately, increase your chances of success.
- Did I do everything possible to support myself in achieving goals? If not, what can I change?
- What were my roadblocks and how can I overcome them? Did something or someone hold me back in 2017?
- Did I reach my financial targets? If not, why not? How can I have a different outcome and financial success in 2018?
- What worked in 2017? Did I take time to celebrate those successes?
- What gave me pleasure in 2017?
- What was missing? Does it matter that it was missing?
- Who inspired me in my professional life? How can I build a meaningful connection with that person in 2018?
- What are my values? Is what I created last year in alignment with those values? Have my values changed in some way as I start the new year?
Choose Your Word or Theme for 2018
A motivational ritual is to set a word or theme to catapult you through the coming year. Did something jump out in your answers to the above questions? Ask yourself this: “When I’m standing here on December 31, 2018, what does my life look like?” Your theme might resonate through that visualization and when that happens, it is clear as day! Using that word or theme throughout the year will keep you grounded and on track to achieving your goals and targets.
So what do you want to achieve in 2018? Take those introspective answers to the above questions and write down clear and realistic goals. To avoid seeing your goals fizzle, break them down into smaller, achievable steps and schedule them in your calendar throughout the year to keep you on track.
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Here’s to a year of making dreams come true. Happy New Year!
At Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, Cathy Goddard offers business and life coaching, workshops and is the founder of Lighthouse Mentor Network, a mentor program nominated for Small Business BC Awards for 6 consecutive years. She writes this column for the Whistler Question newspaper.