Resolutions! 😒, 😩, 🙆♀️, 🤦♂️, 😃 or 😀? They elicit all manner of reactions. Yet, year in, year out most of us are churning out resolutions that go as quickly as they come. I’ve never really been a resolutions guy, much so because they almost always never work.
As humans, we are comfort seeking creatures and naturally resistant to change once we find comfort. Resolutions are in effect drastic measures that bring about huge changes at once. That’s why we probably fail at them almost immediately. But, those of extraordinary resolve can push through such drastic changes. I propose to you a different course of action!
1. Take Stock
What is it that is currently bugging you? Are you a spendthrift? A miser? Got some bad habit? Name what it is that needs change in your life. Some call this a personal audit, but whatever you call it, it is self-reflecting or meditating on your life.
Note it down.
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2. What do I Need to Achieve?
Also known as goals or objectives. Come January 2020, what do I need to see different? Will you have taken the bold step to start that business? Will you have saved… and invested on your way to financial freedom? Maybe you need to curb spending by using a budget or have yourself some fun by spending a little… if you are a miser. Try being specific with your goals e.g. not just saving more, but I’ll save amount x.
Again, andika chini!
3. How do I Achieve It?
This is the key difference from setting a plan to resolutions. Here, you device ways in which you will achieve your goals. You set a course of action for your objective. It is at this stage you come to the realisation that you will either achieve your goals or not. You can then juggle between this step and the previous step to ensure your goals are realistic and attainable. This is over and above the set time of 1 year.
Accounting has never been a favourite of many thus accountability. You need a friend… ama namna gani? If you are saving amount x, then you need monthly contributions of x (by the way, check out our savings accounts that earn you 7% interest). A friend can be a great accountability partner and will ensure you are on track to achieving your goals. Sharing is caring, so reciprocate… Nairobi ni kusaidiana.
This Way, It Almost Always Works
Now, in case you were stuck at “sasa mnataka nifanye nini?”, you now have a way to get unstuck. Simply carry out a situational analysis of your life, business or just about anything. Go ahead and create objectives and/or goals for the current situation. Create a course of action for your goals and how you plan to achieve them. Finally, have an accountability partner that will help you stay on course to achieving your goals. Sasa tunataka ukue na plan!
Strategy without action is a daydream; action without strategy is a nightmare – Someone Definitely Said This.
Happy New Year!