My 5 Tips to Creating Intentional and Impactful Resolutions

by | Dec 29, 2022 | Blog

It’s almost New Year’s resolution time!

Here are a few tips for you…

I’ve been a big resolution and goal setter my entire life. I find it really helps me articulate my goals and then track them. To use today’s nomenclature, it’s a way to hold my self accountable. However, I’ve pivoted my approach in the last few years making them even more impactful.

1) Start with your life goals.

I used to just make a list of things I wanted to achieve but now I run them through my life goal lens. Think about what you want to accomplish with your life and start writing that down. It’s a bigger, harder question but more important than the annual I want to quit smoking or losing weight goal. They, of course, may be related but your annual goals will inevitably fall into your life goals, or not. The point is do what’s important to you in the broader aspect of your life.

2) Be specific.

The more clarity you can provide for yourself (just like in the work place) the better off you’re going to be and the less likely you’ll just be bullshitting yourself. I’m going to lose weight is not the same as I’m going to lose 7.5 pounds by the end of February and only allow myself to fluctuate 1.2 pounds thereafter for the rest of the year.

3) Cover all aspects of your life

Native Americans used to talk about the medicine wheel, heart, mind, body and spirt. My departed friend Tom Devine used to talk about Faith, Family, Finances and Fitness. Whatever approach you take, have it cover all aspects of your life. It’ll help round you to be the best you.

4) See it and be it

The concept here is simple, post your goals in a place that you get to look at them frequently. For me, I have them above a dresser in my closet and look at them regularly. A few times a year I go through the exercise of seeing if I’m on track or not, it’d indeed how I hold myself accountable.

5) Have fun

The idea here is to have fun with this. This exercise has always been about improvement but I know others who beat themselves up with what they don’t do. Personally I’d rather have joy than pain any day.

Hopefully these little insights will give you and yours a great launching point into 2023. I’d love to know if the insights are of benefit so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

-John

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