I never believed in New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I often repeat my joke that my New Year’s resolution is to never make a New Year’s resolution. Unfortunately, you can’t live your life drifting at sea without any destination in mind. The need for self-actualization and the desire to become a better person cry out for goals to be set. And that is how I found myself making a New Year’s resolution for 2019.
Use the S.M.A.R.T. method
In our previous article, we’ve discussed how to use the S.M.A.R.T. methodology in order to make a more effective New Year’s resolution. If you have a specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-driven goal set, you’re already half-way through making your resolution stick.
Fail fast, fail better
Some New Year’s resolutions don’t stick because they fail when applied to your everyday life. Let’s borrow one of the values from the Agile methodology: Responding to change over following a plan. Let’s say that your resolution is to get licensed as a Registered Nurse in Dubai and to be employed by the end of August. But you hit a glitch because you don’t have the funds to pay for the expenses needed to apply for licenses. You need to adjust your timeline and to create a new goal that involves realistic budgeting.
Review and evaluate
A pretty New Year’s resolution with all the S.M.A.R.T. and Agile methodologies applied to it will not stick if you just make it but forget about it. Write it down and set it up on your dresser to remind yourself of it. Better yet, set a monthly, quarterly, or bi-annual evaluation of where you are in terms of achieving your goals. When you evaluate, you can also re-adjust if it’s not working for you. Celebrate your milestones when you see yourself achieving what you set out to do.
Get a support group
I’ve read somewhere that to make your dreams come true, you have to tell the world. It’s a way of putting yourself out there and once you’ve announced your goals, you’re committed to it. A better idea is to get a friend or a group of friends to follow up your goals with you. You can be each others’ cheerleaders. You can make your resolutions stick if you have a support group cheering you on or guilting you up into doing it.
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