This article from Forbes states that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. That makes me feel a little sad. I like achieving my goals and I want others to be able to achieve theirs too.
The article mentions some ways to set a more achievable resolution:
- Keep it simple.
- Make it tangible.
- Make it obvious.
- Keep believing you can do it.
Now I don’t often set New Year’s resolutions but when I have in the past I like to use the SMART goal method.
So this year I am going to set a resolution. I am going to listen to one audio book per month that I feel will improve my Thinking by Design. So let’s make sure my resolution meets the SMART goal format.
S – Listening to helpful audio books will help me Think by Design more consistently.
M – I can measure this by choosing one audio book per month and listening to it on my commute to and from work.
A – I like listening to audio books in the car so making this a habit will be useful and enjoyable.
R – This goal is relevant because I have been actively trying to improve my state of mind in 2014 and I’m going to keep working on it in 2015.
T – I have to spend approximately one hour per day in the car so one audio book per month is reasonable.
To perfect my resolution, I have chosen a few books to get me started.
December – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
January – Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert.
February – 7 habits of Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.
March – The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden.
You may notice I started my resolution in December. Who says resolutions have to start in January? I had the idea for my goal in December so I started in December. As well, I’m coming into January with one month of my goal achieved. That makes me feel confident I can continue for all of 2015. If anyone has a good suggestion for an audio book that would improve my mindset, please let me know and good luck with your own resolutions!