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New Year's Resolution

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So it is January and the holiday season is over, what is running through your head? Now is the time to do all the things you have purposely put off for the last 2-3 months?

I'm guilty of using the 'New Year new start' cliche, however how long do we actually keep to it, I would say for me it is around 4-8 weeks for the majority of tasks, although some resolutions I'll keep to for over 6 months, why - probably because I enjoy them. So there is the issue - resolutions that we think we should do but are more of a chore we struggle to keep to; the enjoyable ones are easier to keep to.

Okay, let's put the enjoyable ones to the side for now, let's concentrate on the 'chore like' ones. I'm a believer in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) this wonderful system helps every person achieve to the best of their ability - sounds great right? Most successful people use it or display the techniques naturally; remembering that this is natural and not a forced behaviour. NLP has a fantastic way to help with your resolutions; it is called a 'well formed outcome'

The following is the 6 steps.

  1. What specifically do you want? Describe your desired outcome or state in a positive sensory-based way that's an appropriate chunk-size and also addresses WHAT ELSE having or achieving your outcome will do for you (Meta-Outcomes).
  2. How will you know when you have achieved what you want? Determine if the 'evidence' you're focused on is appropriate and timely (soon and regular enough).
  3. Under what circumstances, where, when and with whom, do you want to have this result? Reflect on the context(s) in which you want to have this outcome and evaluate the ecology so you can consider how achieving this result may affect other areas, aspects or people in your life.
  4. What stops you from having your desired outcome already? Identify and explore any feelings, thoughts, or circumstances that seem to inhibit movement toward your outcome
  5. What resources will you need to help you create what you want? Determine what resources you ALREADY have that will help you (knowledge, money, connections, etc..). Consider additional resources you'll need to move forward.
  6. How are you going to get there? Identify manageable steps to help achieve your result, consider multiple options to get where you want to go, and determine the FIRST step you'll take.

I have personally used this system before and had successful results, I find having a visual representation of this helps extremely.

Good luck and all the best for the New Year....

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