New Year, New Strategies
This year, we will all aim to make progress in different areas of our lives but it’s important to consider how we will go about it as opposed to simply presenting the idea without a strategy put in place. We’ve all experienced those moments where we have not met some of the resolutions and goals we’ve set for ourselves, and most of the time, the shortcoming is usually related to the lack of planning and accountability on our part. If we are to change the outcome this time around then, we must plan every step of the way, bring others along on our journey for support, encouragement and to hold us true to our goal(s) when we’re falling behind, and understand that real progress takes time and commitment—much like we have come to understand from the person-centered methods we use to support the people and families we serve.
These following steps—taken from our person-centered methods—are sure to guarantee a successful outcome to your resolutions, whatever they may be, this year. We know because we have seen it work, time and time again, in the lives of those we support.
1. Title: Brief Description (example below)
“Narrow Down Your Resolutions to 3 or Less Items”
We know you want to accomplish a lot this year, but what are the most important goals to you right now? Prioritize what is most important to you to achieve within the coming months and year. Write these resolutions out in a clear manner to show three different resolutions that can be seen through measurable action.
2. “Measure Through Action”
In what ways will you be able to tell you have achieved these goals? Write down how it is you will be able to put those resolutions to action. Wanting to be more physically fit? Write down your action to walk a mile 3x a week. And track it! This helps keep you accountable!
3. “Support Goes A Long Way”
Having someone to check in with about your goals is key. Who are the people in life that hold you accountable for your actions? Do you value their opinion and input? Good! Discuss with them what your goals are for the year and show them what your plan is. Having them work on this with you can help to keep you grounded with understanding attainable goals as well as pushing you to achieve more. Creating a half way mark for the year allows you the time to reflect with these persons. Working together to check at a half way point allows time to look at how far you may have come and tweaking the action steps with support. Maybe increasing the goal or adjusting support needed to attain the goal.