January 1st will be filled with interviews and articles from experts on how to accomplsh your new year resolution. What made these individuals experts? Did they attain their resolution goal; thus claiming expert status? Furthermore, is it necessary to employ an expert opinion on how to get yourself to follow through on a goal you set for yourself? Here you have it: I'm no expert. I did't reach my 2014 new year resolution goal. The fact is I have documented proof of my failure.
Yes, Really -- I'm celebrating my 2014 new year resolution failure. While I didn't reach my goal I did come close to reaching it. More important than accomplishing it is that I kept working toward attaining it.
Last year I embarked on a goal to jog/walk 500 miles over the course of the year. I fell short of meeting this goal by 71.5 miles. Or rather I managed to jog/walk 428.5 miles this past year. That's certainly worth a fist pump.
Just as essential to reaching a goal is the consistent effort put forth to accomplish it. It's from this perspective that I'm most satisfied with myself. Three factors contributed to my consistency of working towards meeting a resolution goal.
Tracking my jogging miles was easy using the Nike Running app. This also allowed for my PLN to track my accomplishments by being part of a challenge together in addition to tweeting using an established hash tag. Integrating technology in this manner made charting my resolution work simple, manageable and shareable.
Keeping a journal is vital to holding yourself accountable to a resolution. Blogging is the modern day journal. A blog is easy to use. It can be accessible on most iOS products and on all desktop computers to update. Keeping a blog will establish a positive aura in your life; you'll be astonished.
"Slow and steady wins the race." Keeping this old expression in mind should be your focus when it comes to the implementation of reaching your new year resolution. You will start out of the gate in full force; this is inevitable. Avoiding the "February Failure" is most problematic for most. Putting in place these three attributes will help you along the way and make better odds for success in the long run.
My new year resolution is to jog 500 miles again -- but actually reach it. Best of luck to all of you in the new year. Make your goals a reality by finding the positive attributes that are attained from working towards reaching it rather than completing it.