According to studies, fully 80% of New Year's resolutions go by the wayside within several weeks.
Psychology today, in an article "Why New Year's Resolutions Fail" delves into the reasons why. The four most common reasons revolve around what you are (or are not) doing to make them happen.
  • Your goals aren't clear
  • You feel overwhelmed
  • You feel discouraged
  • You're not ready to change
Another reason for failure is that we neglect to consider all aspects of our lives, and how they impact everything else. If our resolutions focus on business success, can we achieve our goals if our personal life is a train wreck? Will we be able to pursue educational goals if we don't have the right people or the necessary support in our corner? It all must come together if we are to succeed.
Bob Salvas, owner of Bob Salvas Consulting, educator and SCORE Counselor has come up with five areas of life that are important to him and for which he sets goals for the new year. Bob calls it HOPES. "It signifies your 'hopes' and dreams for the future..." The five areas are:
  1. HEALTH - energy, lack of illness, long life
  2. OCCUPATION - if you are in business, this can be further broken down to three areas of business: Money, Operations, Marketing
  3. PEOPLE - relationships, friends, family networks
  4. EDUCATION - lifelong learning, self development
  5. SPIRIT - mediation, religion, nature, charity
There are plenty of methods for goal-setting. An article in "Mind Tools" sets out the Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting:
  • Set goals that motivate you
  • Set SMART Goals
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time Bound
  • Set goals in writing
  • Make a action plan
  • Stick with it.
Here at Available Staffing Network, our aspiration has always, and always will be to serve our clients and employees with the highest levels of professionalism and respect. We are truly looking to 2020 to be our best year yet, and our goal is to make sure that we do everything we can to make it your best year as well.
Happy New Year everyone!