Wow, 2019 is almost here! Time certainly flies when you are a woman juggling it all. It is time to think about what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be: lose those inevitable excess holiday pounds, take a leap and make that career change, get that promotion… you know the drill. While we all have the best intentions, more than 80% of New Year’s resolutions are scrapped within a few months’ time. What can we do to make realistic resolutions and improve the odds of our success?
Most of us are highly motivated, goal-oriented women; however, in some cases we try to take on too much, thinking we can really do it all, without being realistic. We end up getting so overwhelmed that we wind up abandoning all of our resolutions from frustration. Through interviewing and conferring with other successful women, it became apparent to me that it is best to prioritize and try to tackle only three resolutions, instead of 10. Try this for January 2019.
Perhaps you’ve heard of “Christmas in July.” Being the goal-setters we are, why not set three more resolutions halfway through the year as well. Then, by the time 2020 rolls around, we may have completed six resolutions, instead of abandoning 10.
Look at some of the most successful women in business. They drive home the fact that setting realistic resolutions, working hard and perseverance allow you to achieve anything. Sometimes we even have accomplishments that we didn’t even know we were working towards! They just happen through our efforts or through the help and mentor ship of others.
As we progress, we may realize that the resolution we set was really not what we wanted, so we adjust and reset it. Nothing is written in stone; we must be pliable and open to change. We also must be accepting of the possibility that a resolution we have set is just not attainable yet. If that is the case, then perhaps breaking it down into more realistic “baby steps” will enable us to achieve the desired result in the long term.
When you are thinking about the three resolutions you want to focus on for January, read some of the profiles of our Women in the Limelight and members both in your industry and others. Let them inspire you. Remember resolutions and anything you want can be achieved if you are realistic and put your mind to it. Let 2019 be your year to shine!