Sticking To Your New Year Career Resolutions Beyond January

by Srikant Chellappa Mar 13,2019

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

It’s already the third month of the new year. If you are happily working on those resolutions you set for yourself in January and noticing a positive impact in your life, then good job! Keep going.

But if you feel lost and want to find out how to stick to these resolutions beyond January, you are at the right place. There are various reasons for not being able to stick to one’s resolutions for a longer time. One of the most common reasons being not approaching the resolution with the right plan and mindset.

Here are a few tips to help you stick to your career resolutions beyond January and transform these into habits.

Re-evaluate Your Resolutions

When your resolutions are losing their novelty, the first thing that you should check for is that if these resolutions were set in the right way. Approach your resolutions realistically and modify them to be more specific. Do not try to manage too many resolutions at once. Understand the reason behind setting these resolutions and modify them if you do not see value in your older resolutions.

Focus On The Bigger Picture And Find Motivation

Sometimes, we aren’t able to stick to our resolutions because we tend to forget what the bigger picture is and what motivated us to add a specific thing as a resolution in the first place. Refocus on the bigger picture and find out if sticking to that particular resolution would bring happiness to you. In the current competitive world, it is hard to focus on the bigger picture and the motivation behind a resolution but this is very crucial to getting you back on track.

Prioritize Your Resolutions

Most of us make a list of resolutions and focus on attaining the easier ones first because they take lesser time and energy. Instead of this approach, prioritize your resolutions and work towards achieving them. It is recommended to keep the list of resolutions short. Having too many resolutions will make it difficult for you to understand which ones to prioritize.

Make Smaller Goals Out Of Big Ones

Having lesser resolutions doesn’t mean that you have to cut down on your aims and ambitions. Break down the larger resolutions into multiple smaller resolutions. This will help you plan and strategize better and achieve the main resolution without any hassle.

Set A Time Frame

Most of us fail to stick to our resolutions because we think that we have a whole year to plan how to accomplish our goals. The truth is that we all need a time frame to be set so that it drives us to be accountable and helps us plan the process in a better way. So, set a time frame and try to accomplish your goals based on these time frames like weekly, monthly and yearly goals.

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Create A Routine

Sometimes, making a list and functioning according to the plan isn’t enough to stick to your resolutions. You have to make them a habit, rather than something that you should complete in a year. Set habits and add these resolutions to your routine. Put extra effort to change your actions and the results will follow.

Make Yourself Accountable

According to the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you tell about it to someone. 

The more you tell to someone about your resolution, the more you’ll feel the need to do your best to attain the goal. With someone monitoring you, you will always have a better chance of winning. Also set reminders and checkpoints for yourself so that you get that little push from yourself to do better.

Celebrate Small Wins

Gamifying the progress on these resolutions makes it more interesting and fun. When you accomplish smaller goals which contribute to the success of your resolutions, celebrate your win. Also, keeping track of the progress helps you to stay motivated because most people tend to lose interest when they do not see results. So monitor the progress on your resolutions and gamify the results.

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Srikant Chellappa
CEO & Co-Founder of Engagedly

Srikant Chellappa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Engagedly and is a passionate entrepreneur and people leader. He is an author, producer/director of 6 feature films, a music album with his band Manchester Underground, and is the host of The People Strategy Leaders Podcast. He is currently working on his next book, Ikigai at the Workplace, which is slated for release in the fall of 2024.

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