It's a new year, and for many, a new year is synonymous with a fresh start. Resolutions have been made, holiday indulgences have subsided, and aspirations of making this year “the best year ever” are at an all-time high.
But studies have shown that while the majority of the population makes New Year's resolutions, a mere 8% actually follow through with achieving those goals.
If done right, #leaders can greatly benefit from setting goals for themselves, allowing them to thrive in the coming year. Here are some actionable ways to boost your greatness and the greatness of those you lead this year:
1) Employ the fresh-start effect more frequently than once a year.
Studies have shown that people are motivated by the fresh-start effect – that aligning goal-setting with key dates (such as the start of a new year) is a great motivator to make a plan of action. But those plans are rarely followed through to completion. In order to achieve long-term goals, it is important to employ the fresh-start effect on an ongoing basis – setting actionable goals for yourself monthly, or even weekly, as opposed to annually.
For more information on the studies that have been conducted around this theory, and tips on how to make this approach to goal-setting work for you, and the people in your organization, watch this short video: How The Fresh-Start Effect Creates A Clean Slate.
2) Don't just plan for tomorrow, take action today.
New Year's resolutions tend to focus on goals that will be achieved by the end of the year, making it easy to put off the action items until a later date. Unfortunately, most brilliant ideas die in the planning stage. Set goals with the intention of beginning the actionable items today. Tighten your deadlines and be specific with your intentions.
For tips on how to see your ideas through to completion, visit my post Planning For Greatness, which includes an exercise that will help you to get your big ideas off the ground.
3) Be a great leader and earn your ‘seat at the table.'
Plan to think bigger this year! You can do this by identifying challenges faced by your organization and providing possible solutions, thinking outside the box, and keeping on top of industry trends and success stories as they apply to your area of expertise.
Leaders who work with Lisa as their executive leadership coach have seen great results when it comes to thriving and making an impact. Perhaps this is the next step for you?