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Crushing Your Goals in 2024!

Every year, as the clock strikes midnight and a new chapter begins, countless individuals embark on a journey of self-improvement through New Year's resolutions. The air is thick with promises of healthier lifestyles, professional achievements, and personal growth. I can certainly attest to attaching myself to some of these hopes and dreams each year. Yet, as the weeks unfold, many of these well-intentioned resolutions fizzle out by February, leaving behind a trail of unmet aspirations.

While the enthusiasm behind setting New Year's resolutions is commendable, the journey from declaration to realization is filled with challenges. Several factors contribute to the terrible reputation of resolutions as fleeting promises rather than steadfast commitments.

  1. Lack of Specificity: Resolutions often falter when they lack specificity. Vague goals like "get in shape" or "be more organized" offer little guidance, making it challenging to create actionable plans. Without a clear roadmap, individuals may feel overwhelmed, leading to frustration and eventual abandonment of the resolution.

  2. Unrealistic Expectations: Setting overly ambitious or unrealistic goals can set the stage for disappointment. While aiming high is admirable, an unattainable target can become demotivating. The initial burst of enthusiasm can quickly dissipate when faced with the reality of the effort required. I always say, set yourself up to succeed as if you would with a child. You wouldn't expect a newborn to talk or run or a toddler to be writing stories or able to do a 50kg deadlift? So why would you set completely insane expecations on yourself. Consider what is achievable and what is slightly going to stretch you and find a middle ground to work towards. However as mentioned below also adjust your expectations as you go. Running that half marathon in 90 minutes may not be appropriate for you if you are now expecting a baby.

  3. Failure to Plan: Goal-setting is not a one-time event; it's an ongoing process that requires strategic planning. Resolutions often fail when individuals don't outline specific steps, milestones, and deadlines. Without a well-defined plan, it's easy to lose focus and succumb to distractions. In the free workbbook below there is an opportunity to create a roadmap of 2024 for each goal and what it will look like and feel like to be achieving your goal throughout the year.

  4. Lack of Accountability: Many resolutions remain personal commitments, known only to the individual making them. Without external accountability, the motivation to persevere may dwindle. Sharing goals with others or seeking support can create a sense of responsibility that enhances commitment. People who share their goals and progress and setbacks with others are 65% more likely to have success than people who keep it to themselves. Find support who will give you honest and respectful constructive feedback and encouragment as you go.

  5. Mindset and Self-Sabotage: Deep-seated beliefs and self-doubt can undermine even the most well-intentioned resolutions. Negative self-talk, fear of failure, or a fixed mindset can create mental barriers that hinder progress. Make working on your mindset part of your goal. If the voice in your head is not encouraging you and cheering you on, it is going to be very difficult to achieve what is ahead of you.

  6. Neglecting Reflection and Adaptation: Successful goal pursuit requires regular reflection and adaptation. Failing to assess progress and adjust strategies based on feedback can lead to stagnation. Flexibility is key in navigating the twists and turns of the journey toward a goal. We must be prepared to start again and start again because things will pop up like a sprained ankle or a trip away or sick children. The resilience to get back up each and everytime will determine your success.

Understanding these pitfalls is the first step toward overcoming them. In the Crushing Your Goals Workbook, we'll explore actionable strategies and insights to transform goals into resilient, achievable goals. I hope this helps to set you up and prepare you to get on the path towards success.

Crush your Goals 2024 Workbook
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Delwyn Randall
Delwyn Randall

I think this timing is great - to be thinking about next year over the coming month.

And I love the concept of 'setting yourself up to succeed'. I've definitely been in the unrealistic expectations camp previously - like I've got to get all aspects of my life 'improved' at the same time, starting 'now'!

I'm going to really think about what is achievable and what is going to be a slight stretch and find the middle ground for me.

Thank you Rebecca :)


Thanks Francie! Hoping this is helping you prepare for a wonderful 2024!

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