Resolutions are things you want to do or see. They are how you want to be or things you want to achieve. No matter what the specifics of your goals or resolutions are, we’re one-third of the way through the year, so it’s evaluation time.
Resolutions at Work
When you think about it, resolutions are very similar to goals. My first job out of college was as a copy editor at a publishing company. The year ended and we began what I remember as Goal Setting Hell. The position had limited opportunity for advancement, so it seemed odd that I would have to answer questions about what I planned to be doing in 5 years.
Then, once you answer that, you have to set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, and Time based. You have to come up with these detailed goals and then a plan for how you’re going to achieve them in the upcoming year. And, by the way, your raise next year will depend on how well you do with achieving these goals that you’ve set.
Anyone who has set SMART goals in a similar work environment knows that this is quite a dance. You make suggestions then your boss makes suggestions. Back and forth you go until a medium is reached. Then, you figure out how to achieve your goals so that you can get a good raise next year.
As tedious and annoying as I found the goal setting process, it has really been helpful in life. Sometimes when we think about goals or resolutions, the thought is all about the result. What does it look like when you have or achieve this? You envision that moment, and it’s wonderful!
However, we often forget that we are looking at the smallest piece of our journey–the end. To reach the end, we must first begin. Then, we have to work through the whole middle. This can be a very tedious process.
It can also be very frustrating to think about your projected end result and compare it to where you are right now. Chances are, where you are and where you want to be don’t resemble each other. But they will!
You are one-third of the way through the year. Take a look at your resolutions. If you think about using your whole year to get you from point A to point B, are you where you need to be? If you are, great! What do you need to do next to keep moving forward? If you are not, okay. What do you need to do to get on track?
Change your mental picture of success. Instead of picturing what success looks like at the end, when you have completed your resolution, imagine what it looks like at different phases. This will help to create positive images that will motivate you to continue along your path.
If you have not done anything with your resolutions, no problem! You have two-thirds of a year to achieve your goals. That’s 8 whole months! Create a plan, hold yourself accountable, and start moving forward.
Let’s check back in another 4 months.
At the beginning of the year, I did a series on setting resolutions. Here are links to the articles in that series:
- Honesty: Mastering Your Health Resolutions
- Self-respect: Mastering Your Health Resolutions
- Thoughtfulness/Intention: Mastering Your Health Resolutions
- Time Management: Mastering Your Health Resolutions
- Appropriate Attire: Mastering Your Health Resolutions
What are some resolutions you set this year? Let us know in the comments below.
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