How To Avoid Another Disappointing Year
Was 2015 a disappointing year for you? Have you experienced a string of disappointing years, where you can’t seem to get ahead or find yourself in a rut with no passion or zest for life? You’re not alone, one Gallup poll shows that 70% of Americans polled are not satisfied with where they are in their life, to include their current employment.
If that is the case, then why? Why are 7 out of 10 Americans unsatisfied with their lives? I’m sure there are several theories and possible reasons for this statistic. My theory is that most of us don’t know how to manage life altering decisions.
It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions and set goals that fill us with hope for the New Year. The hard part is following through with our goals. I once heard a successful business man state, “I’m successful because I made quality decisions and then I managed those decisions.” It took me several years to truly understand what he meant by that statement.
Most of us fail to “manage” our goals because we allow life to happen. We allow our circumstances to dictate our lives like a drifting raft in a turbulent sea. We fail to implement habits around our goals that will ensure we stay on track and give ourselves a better chance of actually achieving them.
Here are four practices that will allow you to take control of your life and increase your chances of having a great year:
- Limit your goals. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals. You should only set a handful of goals and then focus your time and energy on those goals for the entire year.
- Find a partner. Recruit someone you can trust and share your goals with and then meet with that person on a recurring basis. Ask that person to hold you accountable and advise you on your goals.
- Review your goals weekly and plan daily. Spend a few hours each week reviewing your goals and ensuring that your activities are aligned with your goals. Then, plan each day and make sure you have specific tasks listed that will move you towards each of your goals. Put those tasks at the top of your list and tackle them with enthusiasm each day.
- Remain flexible. Be prepared to alter your goals as life happens. It’s okay to change course as long as you are intentional about it and being proactive. Adjusting to life is acceptable as long as you are at the helm and dictating the changes based on your calling and passion.
We all have 8,766 hours this year to make an impact in the world. I don’t have any more hours than you do, nor does anyone else have more hours than you. We all have the same finite time to work with, the difference is what we do with the time we are given. Spend your time on goals that matter most to you and live the life God intended for you and your family. Have a great year!