A whopping 92% of people who make New Year Resolutions each year fail to keep them. That’s according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published in December in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Many reasons are cited for this lack of goal attainment. You read about the surface reasons all the time – goals are too vague, not having deadlines or a plan, not surrounding yourself with people who support you, and giving up entirely when the going gets tough, etc.
Goals are also written based on who we are now, and our thinking we have control over the future.
These are all valid reasons that goals are not met.
However, I want to go below the surface and talk about goal development which really starts with personal development. The work that is done before you even set one goal. There is a lot written about setting goals, and goal attainment, but not about the work that need to be done first.
The goal setting/attainment “gurus” can talk about personal accountability and surrounding yourself with supportive people all day long, but if you do not have the tools to accomplish this work your goals are for naught.
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What do you need to accomplish first before setting goals?
You should be able to answer these questions:
Who do you want to be in five years? What does your future look like for you?
What are your core values? Are you integrating them into your life today?
What resources do you have to help you meet your goals? Do you even know what resources you need? How do you get the resources you need?
What habits are stunting your progress?
Why are these questions important?
If your goal is to get healthy and that includes an exercise program, but you’ve been a couch potato for ten years, you have a few good habits you need to develop. That requires understanding how to end a habit that doesn’t serve your goal.
Knowing who you want to be in the future allows us to set goals based on what our future self needs. What would the future Shelly do? Would she eat an entire pizza if she had done all the hard work on meeting her health and fitness goals?
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