Today's post includes some of the questions I posed to you last year at this time as you got to thinking about your new year's resolutions and how to be more successful with them.
Here's what I wrote last year in Teams365 #729 (view the original posts here)
"What are your new year's resolutions? Some common ones I've heard from team leaders in recent years have included:
* Spending more one-on-one time with team members
* Making meetings more efficient
* Getting a handle on email management and/or other office organizing issues
* Creating more defined boundaries with time on and time off of work
* Creating more defined boundaries around technology
*Becoming more efficient with time
* Getting more exercise (especially at lunch time to create a break and thinking time!)
What are your new year's resolutions? Take a look at the statistics around new years resolutions which StatisticsBrain.com have shared here.
They note that 45% of American adults create new years resolutions with 8% being successful. That's a pretty low percentage. I've recently had dialogue with a number of team leaders I coach and support around thinkgs they may want to do to raise that amount and be more successful.
Here are four things you might want to consider in making your resolutions stick into 2016:
1. Be clear in articulating them. The StatisticsBrain.com article notes that those who are explicit in making new years resolutions are 10x more successful in achieving their goal.
2. Write them down and make them visible. Many of us, myself included, set resolutions but don't make them visible. Post its, or a reminder on your phone can help to
What will help keep your goals visible?
3. Share them and create some accountability partners around them - Share your goals with others and create some accountability partners who can cheer you on, or hold your feet to the fire (whatever is needed by you in that moment!). We know from lots of studies how important having an accountability partner really is
Who do you want to share your resolutions with? Who can be a support or accountability partner to you?
4. Be selective in the number of resolutions you choose. It's very easy to create a long laundry list of things you want to do AND the more we add to the list, the harder it may be to remember, or the more diffuse our efforts become. You may have one or two major goals in different areas of your life, OR a small handful across areas (such as finances, relationships, career/business, family, health etc)
Ultimately, what are the resolutions you want to focus on?
What's it going to take for you to be successful in moving the most important goal of yours forward for the new year?
With best wishes,