How to be rubbish at New Year resolutions: Tip #01

New Year Fireworks in LondonSo it’s time for some New Years resolutions (NYRs) as we welcome in a new year. Are you one of those people that are rubbish at sticking to your NYRs? Perhaps you…

Don’t have a long term plan

Why do you make NYRs? To improve your life. Giving up smoking, going to the gym more, networking more in the office; all these NYRs are chosen because they will make you a better person.

A long term plan is great because it forces you to think about what you want to achieve and gives you focus and direction. Setting NYRs without such a plan means you are thinking short term, and this limits your engagement in your goal. Less engagement means less commitment, and voila, you have just sacked off yet another crappy attempt at keeping a NYR.

So make a long term plan. January is a great month to review what you achieved last year, and to think about where you want to be in the future. I’ve blogged about 5 year plans and 1 year plans if you want some further thoughts. Hope you have a great year!

The awesome picture I’ve used on this post is by Sean MacEntee – link to Flickr here