Updated: Jan 8
Three months into the new decade, how are your New Year Resolutions going? Research by YouGov shows that only a quarter of people in the UK keep their resolutions, as thousands of unused gym memberships, failed diets and empty bottles of wine can attest.
I have only ever kept one New Years resolution. Around ten years ago,I made a resolution to stop drinking coffee after 4 pm and it's something I have stuck to ever since. In fact, it was so successful that I have never made another resolution so I can keep my winning streak. That’s not to say that there haven’t been times when I have been intentional about setting a personal or professional goal and then stuck to it. For me, March is always a good time. The daffodils are out, the days are a bit lighter and spring suggests new beginnings. Plus you still have a good chance to achieve something meaningful by the end of the year.
Here are five things that have worked for me in sticking to a resolution or intention:
Find space to think
Spend time to figure out what exactly you want to achieve and your strategy for achieving it. This is something you need to make time for. Some intentions won’t need a huge amount of time to figure out - others may need much more.
Know what is important to you
For an intention to work, it needs to be something really important to you. That means understanding yourself well, visualising the future, thinking of the benefits to you if you follow through and what you will miss out on if you stick with the status quo. Coming back to that vision will keep you on track when the going gets tough.
Think holistically and think big
Dare to challenge yourself, think creatively and choose something that takes in every aspect of your life. Spend time thinking about how your intention serves your whole life and how you will make it work. I love @LaraHolliday's concept of “have an Emprise not an Enterprise” - something that will give you a bigger life.
Have an action plan
You need an action plan, one that looks at the options available to you, your specific actions (both what and when), the roadblocks you may come up against and how you will overcome them. Having a deadline or a time-bound trial period can help focus the mind.
Accountability with others
A strong support network with people holding you accountable is essential, particularly if your intention is particularly challenging, or you have low levels of willpower! Having a small group of trusted friends or colleagues can be vital in getting you through the difficult days.
I have found these five guidelines really helpful over the years, not just in giving up coffee, but running a half marathon, planning a trip to visit a hospital in Uganda and most recently pivoting from a well-established career in the city to running my own business.
What about you? If you have not quite succeeded in those New Year Resolutions for 2021 and want a second chance with your personal and professional goals then why not try Tide Risers?
This membership development programme for women is based on an iterative learning process incorporating these five points and many more, giving you the tools and techniques to maximise your potential, expand your networks, and challenge yourself to live your biggest and best life.
The next online Cohort starts in March - for more information and to apply then see www.wearetiderisers.com/tide-risers-uk, we'd love to hear from you!