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Your 2018 Resolution: Plan It Out
Written by Joe Woods
January 2, 2018
For many people, the new year is a time for making resolutions. A time for “big change”. You want to do something different, make something better, improve a piece of your life (personal or professional). Unfortunately, most of us have that friend who gets the gym membership in January and never goes (hint: if you don’t have that friend, it’s probably you). It happens. So how do you stick to your goal?
Well, the first step is to make a resolution. Now, most of us cringe when we read the word “resolution” being used in this context. And that’s okay. This is where most New Year ambitions stop. What you need to realize is it’s not the resolution that is bad (though some may be too far reaching). And it’s not even the execution where your goal falls apart. It’s the planning.
It’s great that you put a big target out there for yourself. It’s hard to achieve greatness if you don’t strive for it. But, it’s difficult to keep it in focus if it sits on the first page of a paper calendar or as a single digital note on your smart phone. You need to plan out the execution of your resolution.
So, how do you plan? Well, if you read my previous article about year-end chaos, we all know that there is plenty to keep us occupied and distracted every day. It’s up to you to determine how to go about planning the steps to achieving your goal. Maybe it’s something you work on for 5-10 minutes every day. Maybe it’s an hour in the morning just once a week. Whatever the frequency, you need to put it on your calendar and stick to it to make it reality.
Sounds simple, right? Just remember that everything else around you will compete for the time you’ve dedicated to your resolution. This is why it’s at the top of your list for 2018. This is why you’ve planned time for it every week. When something jumps in the way of your plan, you have two options: stick with your schedule or adjust your plan. If something urgent pops up that takes precedence, push your dedicated resolution time. Don’t eliminate it!
Bob Kloss, former managing director of the Ohio Credit Union League coined the phrase “Keep Purpose Constant”. If you plan purposeful action toward your goal you will have much greater potential for successfully achieving your desired result. Keep the effort towards your resolution constant. So, get started! Write down a resolution that is meaningful to you and put an action plan together to go after it. Let’s make 2018 great!
Joe Woods is a CUDE and 16 year credit union veteran. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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