What Do You Want In 2015?

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For the past few weeks, Ken and I have been researching about New Year’s Resolutions.

In the process, as you saw in the video from yesterday, we found a very interesting fact:  45% of Americans will make a New Year’s Resolution and only 8% will achieve it.

Here’s what Webster’s has to say about what a resolution is:

res·o·lu·tion noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\

: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something

: an answer or solution to something

I became interested in what most American’s wanted to solve last year.  It seems the top ten are almost evenly split between action goals (weight loss, stop smoking) and experience goals (enjoying life, connecting to loved ones).   In 2014, the most popular resolutions made were, in order*:

#1 Weight loss,
#2 Getting organized
#3 Spend less and save more
#4 Enjoying life to the fullest
#5 Staying fit, get healthy
#6 Learning something exciting
#7 Quit smoking
#8 Help others reach their dreams
#9 Fall in love
#10 Spend more time connecting with their loved ones

*(For more on this, check out the following Statistics Brain Link)

If you’re here, you’re probably one of the 45% making a resolution or at least considering one for this year?   I know that I am.  And this year I really want mine to stick.  And, since I’m busy, and can occasionally be lazy, I want to ignite my goal in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

What makes a resolution work?

In Pathways work, the consistent themes that we use in the early workshops focus on self-reflection (through tools like meditation), communication, relationship, and accountability.  Conveniently enough, these are the same things that are directly linked to success as well.  The missing piece, which shows up more as you get deeper into the work, is consistency.

So what can you do today, as you’re looking at the videos for One Simple Shift or you’re considering your own resolution?

Here’s a powerful idea to remember.

People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to succeed!

So how do you get explicit – particularly using the tools that we share so regularly in our work?

  • Start with honest self-reflection.  Spend a few moments being truly present in yourself, in your longing, and what the emotional state is behind what you want.
  • Immediately after your reflection, head into the following journal questions:
  1. Am I really clear on what I want to achieve through this?
  2. Can I state my resolution clearly leaving no doubt as to what my goal is?
  3. With whom can I share my resolution?

The statistics will back you up on this one, as will the proven methods that have been shared for years in the personal development space.

Share some of your journaling feedback below or take the opportunity to share more with us live on January 4th on One Simple Shift.