How to Revisit Your New Year’s Resolution

If you’re like me, you’ve learned to set your New Year’s resolutions with realism, slightly adjusting the incredibly ambitious to the more attainable. By this time of year, those resolutions can either be on track or long abandoned after starting with great intentions.

Either way, June is the perfect time to check in and review your progress so far. Evaluate if you should continue as-is or shift strategy for the balance of the year. And if you’re super ambitious and already looking to next year, you can consider planning for 2019.

Here’s an approach to consider for your personal mid-year review:

Identify your starting point 

Like any good measurement, identifying your starting point gives you a true sense of growth or progress. If you didn’t have one going into your resolution and were too focused on executing towards your goal to take notice of your prior state, just backtrack your progress (maybe month-over-month) to easily figure it out. Once you’ve established that baseline, you can measure growth or progress and see how far you’ve come. 

Ensure your target is measurable 

It’s second nature to set goals. It’s not quite as obvious to set goals that can be easily measured. I often hear clients say, “I’m going to improve my business relationships.” That’s great, but how can you measure “relationship improvement?” If your goal falls into the un-measureable category, you can make it measurable with a slight adjustment. For example, “I’m going to improve upon my business relationships by spending 50% more facetime with customers.” The tweak sets a target that’s noteworthy and easy to track, and helps you achieve your desired state of improvement. 

Adjust your game plan, if necessary 

No different than your high school science experiments, there are variables that contribute to or impede the success of your outcome. It’s important to take note if they’re in your control or not. If you’re in real estate and you set a goal to sell six houses yet the market you’re in doesn’t have available inventory, it likely makes sense to adjust your target as that’s a control out of your control. If you set out to increase your weekly workouts but decided not to take exercise clothing on your work trips, that’s a control within your control. It’s notable to document all uncontrollable and controllable variables so you can adjust for the balance of the year.

Enlist accountability

Going at it alone? You’ll have greater success if you enlist accountability, someone or multiple people who can make sure you stay committed to your goal and keep you honest. Tell them your goal, ask them to hold you to it and, if you’re really confident, offer them an incentive if you reach it—"My goal is to sign 13 new clients by the end of the year and if I accomplish that, your choice of dinner is on me!” Accountability instills an even greater sense of ownership and responsibility knowing that you’ll have to report your results or progress. What’s more, set a target and a stretch goal (one that feels a few palms out of your reach), and watch your accountability go to work!

Recognize that one slip isn’t cause for jumping ship

So you missed the mark—you gained a pound in your journey to lose fifteen. Big whoop; it affirms that you’re human. It’s certainly not cause to completely abandon ship with your goal altogether. Instead, course correct. Maybe you’ll take in less calories tomorrow to account for the gain, then be back on track the following day. Success is several small wins and losses combined. Too many surrender because of one misstep in the grander path. Stay the course, fight through your losses and celebrate every win!

Published on June 2018