Has your resolve has already weakened and have resolutions already been abandoned, or are about to be? Well, take the opportunity of the new lunar year (Chinese New Year) to renew your vows.
The first day of January is always brimming with significance but the euphoria soon evaporates when the reality of a poorly thought-out goal strikes. What is it a realistic and achievable goal or do you need to review, refine and re-target?
(i) Apply the SMARTER formula to be sure that the goal is well formulated (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound, Enthusiastically Worded, Reviewed)
(ii) Was the goal realistic and achievable or just too ambitious. Do you need to revise your expectations? This isn’t admitting failure, it’s all about responding to the feedback.
(iii) Review your motivations. Write down ten good reasons for achieving this goal. Think of internal rewards that tap into values rather than external rewards such as money or possessions.
(iv) Take action and start again. You may have to review and renew your goals again. It’s all part of the goal setting process.
Wishing you every success with your goals for the coming year, and following are some previous posts to review, refine and renew your goals.
Kung Hei Fat Choi
- Coaching with Gary Wood
- Is New Year’s Day The Best Time To Make Life Changing Resolutions?
- Experiments in Personal Development: Feedback Not Failure!
- Other personal development and goal-setting posts on PsyCentral.
- Book: Don’t Wait For Your Ship To Come In. . . Swim Out to Meet It
- Useful recommended resources on PsyStore.