How to Nail Your New Years Resolutions

How To Nail Your New Years Resolutions


How many have you got?

5? 10? 15? 20? (see? I did learn my five times table!).

I know that New Year resolutions are a bit of a cliche, but any time of year that motivates people to make positive changes in their life has to be a good thing, right?

“Resolutions” is really just another word for “goals” – those things that EVERY self-help book talks about at some point. For most people, resolutions to tend to be a bit woolly – like vague wishes:

“This is the year I’m going to lose weight”.
“I’m going to read more books”.
“2019 is the year that I’m going to stop taking secret photos of Mrs Hebblethwaite”.

That kind of thing. If you know anything about goals, you’ll know that, to really make them effective, you need to make them more specific, measurable, achievable and also give them a timeframe.

You may choose to go with the whole “S.M.A.R.T.” goal setting idea, but there’s another, more simple way of setting goals.

“From x to y by z”.

That’s it.

I learned this from the book, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution”. In it, they talk about setting “Wildly ambitious goals” using the formula above. The formula assures you set a specific measurable, actionable goal that has a deadline.

From x to y by z.

Where are you now?
Where do you want to be?
How long will it take you to get there?

“From 200lbs to 175lbs by June 30th 2019”.
“From 0 books read to 52 read by December 31st 2019”.
“From 10 photos secret photos of Mrs Hebblethwaite a day to 1 photo a day by April 20th 2045 (you’ve got to be realistic about some goals)”.

From x to y by z.

Try it with your new year’s resolutions.

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