One month from today we’ll welcome the new year. We’ll make new promises, set new goals, and promise to be vigilant in our pursuit of them. Looking toward the future is great, but it’s also wise to reflect on what you haven’t accomplished in the past year. (If you’ve accomplished everything you set out to do in 2014, you aren’t setting your sights high enough.)
A study done by the University of Scranton found only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them.
If you didn’t meet all of your attempted goals this year, that’s okay. If you didn’t excel at everything you attempted, you’re not alone. While it’s tempting to turn your back on your past failures and focus solely on the future, don’t do it. As painful as it might be, lay out your missed chances, your passed opportunities and last year’s bygone resolutions.
Don’t beat yourself up too much, but take a good, hard look at these unfulfilled goals. Do you recognize any of them from years past? Too often we make the same promises to ourselves, only to break them again and again. We challenge you to break this cycle of empty resolutions.
Didn’t get the promotion you wanted? Make a list of ways to increase productivity at work. Unhappy in your chosen career? Find out what really makes you happy and make a plan to pursue it. Don’t let unfulfilled resolutions sneak past you without scrutiny. Find out why you’re not succeeding, and do something about it.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”