3 Tips to Keep Your Goals on Track

The new year is a great time to create new goals and an action plan for career success.  Photo Credit

The new year is a great time to create new goals and an action plan for career success. Photo Credit

Six days into the new year and I’m without new years resolutions. Trust me. I've had them before. Usually one or two every year. More, if I really need improvement. This year I don't have any. Zero. None. Nada. Why? Unmotivated?  Stressed? Distracted? Those all sound like good excuses, right?  I'm certainly not perfect so that's not it.  I'm just dragging my ass and haven't declared them yet, But, that doesn't mean you don't need some advice on what to do with yours.  So, here are three tips if you're on a mission to make changes in 2017.  And, when I declare mine, you'll be the first to know. :)

1. Be realistic

If you're like a lot of people you try to do too much, too fast under a timeline, that's totally unrealistic. You can only do so much. So, figure out what your priorities are being sure to factor in what else is going on in your life. Did you know that 80% of new year resolutions are broken by mid-February? I think it’s because you do too much, fade too fast and end up discouraged.  

2. Get specific

Whatever you’re going to change in the new year, it will require deliberate, specific action. Vague generalities won’t cut it. Whether it’s getting healthy, getting a new job or being a better person you need to lay it all out in granular, OCD detail. From there you can create a specific plan. I'm using the word specific multiple times for a reason.   

3. Don't quit

Even when you feel like quitting, don’t. Even when you miss your self-imposed deadlines for two months don’t give up. Just have a little heart-to-heart with yourself, preferably with a cocktail or two. Decide if the resolution is still important. If not, decide what is. Or change the original goal to make it more meaningful. Things change over the span of a couple of months. You need to check in and adjust. If you got off track, set new deadlines, but be realistic about how much you can accomplish. Factor in why you missed the last deadlines. Oh, and add some dates to keep an eye on things.

And, if you want to take a break and not do anything but what's absolutely required of you in your work-life right now, I'm with you.  #2017 New year. New you. Your year.