Now that we have completed the exercises over the past few days, you should have a list of your toughest lesson learned, the successes you have had over the past year, your past goals and dreams, and a SWOT table with your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This is a lot of information, but it will help you to plan resolution like never before. The reason it is hard to stick to resolutions is because we tend to come up with a general goal and give ourselves a year to complete it. There is no real plan.
Your first task is to go through your lessons learned because if one of them is that you need to cut toxic relationships from your life before they drag you down, and you want to resolve to make a toxic relationship stronger this year, you need to remember what you have learned in the past. After making your resolutions , you will revisit this list to make sure your previous lessons do not apply to any of your new resolutions.
Next, you need to look at your successes and study them. Did you succeed a great deal in one aspect of your life like your career, but not in your personal life? Perhaps you want to continue to build on these successes, or perhaps you want to balance things out and add resolutions that will focus on a different aspect of your life. Think about what made you successful for everything on your list. Perhaps you were passionate about these things, maybe you accomplished more in the first half of the year when you were thinking about your goals for the year, or at the end when you realized you had not accomplished what you wanted to yet. This is important because it helps you to see how you think, plan, and work.
The next step is to look at past goals and dreams that were left behind. Are any of these still relevant? Did you give up on them because you were not ready, you were scared, or perhaps it is a path you left behind and would rather leave it in the past. We all change as we grow, and this includes goals and dreams. This is where you should break out the highlighter and highlight any goal or dream you would like to rekindle.
Finally, go over your SWOT. You should see what your strengths are. Will these help you achieve your goals, and is there anything missing that you should try to develop? With your weaknesses, it is important to know what they are and if you can try to change that aspect of yourself. Opportunities to enhance your life, and make changes to yourself, to grow and learn, can lead to resolutions. Finally, threats, what threats do you have to your success, and how can you work through them? You should always be prepared for these threats and for the task to overcome them.
This in-depth look at yourself should have helped you to come up with some resolutions you may not have considered before. Your last task is to make a list of everything you would like to accomplish in the next year. For each item, you need to consider if a different resolution should come first, if it should be within a certain period of time, and if it should be during a specific time of year. Each resolutions should have a date to start, and an expected date to finish. You should try to spread your goals out and make sure this is something you incorporate into your schedule. Most of us use a scheduler on our phone, online, or a planner. You can add the dates for your resolutions to it, and even reminders. If it is a big resolution, create steps to help you achieve it. This should also be added to your planner. A more detailed plan like this allows you to carry your goals through the year and gives you a timeline to work from. Once you have your completed resolution plan, think about your lessons learned, make sure they still apply, and think about your strengths that will help you achieve your goals.
Now, you can begin the year right, with a plan that will help you to find success. I wish you all the best of luck in this coming year. 2015 has the potential to be a magical year if you work hard! I hope you will all update me as we near 2016, and let me know if this worked for you. I would love to hear about successful resolutions! Happy New Year!!!