Are you getting into the office earlier? Sticking to your diet? Refraining from yelling at your kids? Or doing whatever it is that your 2018 New Year’s resolution required? If not, the last few weeks of January are a great time to revamp our goals for 2018. In this four-part series, we assessed our progress and this week we investigate as to why we may, or may not, have advanced toward our goal. Next time, we will adjust our resolutions and be ready to recommit to the results we desire. Hey—it’s still the New Year!

Last week, we talked about the importance of operationalizing our resolution. By answering a few questions, we determined that what stood between us and a better 2018 was one of two things: either a more specific and actionable success strategy or a resolution that was doomed to fail from the start.

If we simply need a more specific, actionable strategy, we can create one in as little as 30 minutes by doing three things. First, define success. Second, determine what specific actions are required to create success. Third, put those specific actions in your calendar and DO THEM.

For example, if like last week, our resolution is to be a more thoughtful colleague, the process might look like this:  1) Define success: we determine that we are more thoughtful if we send handwritten notes, encouraging emails, and offer to help colleagues on projects. 2) Specific actions required: We determine that being a more thoughtful colleague means we do three things every month. We give two colleagues handwritten notes each month, send an encouraging email to a coworker each week, and offer to assist a peer with a project one time each month. 3) Calendar times to do these activities: We put each of these actions in our calendar, assigning a specific time, and length of time, to do them.

Yes, setting goals is really that simple!

Now, if imagining yourself doing the activities required to achieve your goal sucks all the energy from your soul, then it’s time to investigate your resolution! It may have been doomed to fail from inception because it’s not aligned with your true desires, talents, and vision for your life.   Building our resolutions and goals out of what we “should” do is a waste of precious time but choosing goals that inspire us and are aligned with who we want to be tap into deep wells of energy and strength within us.

Think about goals that are truly aligned with your talents and vision. What steps can you take toward your vision in 2018? In the next blog, we will adjust (or completely revamp) our resolution and prepare to recommit to our most successful year yet!

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Posted by MaryAnn Means-Dufrene

As Market President for Dale Carnegie North Texas, MaryAnn partners with organizations and individuals to build leadership capacity necessary for breakthrough performance. Through strategic partnerships, she creates customized skill development plans to increase employee engagement, boost individual and team productivity, and develop the kind of leaders people actually want to follow. MaryAnn has tremendous experience in collaborating with organizations in Tarrant County, previously serving as Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in psychology and earned her Master of Public Administration and Master of Strategic Human Resource Management degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is board chair for Presbyterian Night Shelter, board vice president for Girls Inc of Tarrant County, and serves on the board of directors of Women's Policy Forum and the Central Area Council for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. MaryAnn lives with her husband Matt, son Hogan, and two dogs Deuce and Lovey in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  1. […] been reviewing our resolutions and goals in this four-part series, beginning with assessing and investigating our progress. Now, we will adjust our goals and be ready to recommit to the results we […]



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