New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. I bet you have already started arranging the activities for the night. In fact, you might have already started planning for what you will wear! But have you started preparing your New Year’s Resolution?

I know… I know… you are asking yourself “what on earth is he talking about? Why would I need to prepare my resolution?” Sure, most of us come up with our resolutions in the heat of the night after a few drinks. Some of us are even destined to have the same resolution year after year that we announce to the first person we see on New Year’s morning “Wow… I will never drink again!” Like most of our New Years Resolutions, they last about as long as the effort we put into planning them.

Your Resolution is a great opportunity for you to make a really big goal for the coming year. Something that will change your life for the better. The New Year is your annual opportunity to start anew and leave all your troubles from the last year behind. With all the crap going on in the world economy this year we need bigger goals than ever!

Here are 5 powerful tips to creating achievable New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. State your resolution in positive terms What do you want specifically? If you are fed up with doing things at the last minute, for example, your goal shouldn’t be “Stop procrastinating”. This doesn’t set a positive goal that you can move towards. It just says where you don’t want to be. That isn’t clear enough to take you where you really want to go. Instead, consider making your goal “Always schedule my tasks as soon as I take them on.” This way you know exactly what you want to achieve.
  2. Define your current situation Where are you at present? Are you procrastinating? What problem does that cause for you? Take a moment and close your eyes and ‘step into’ a situation where you are procrastinating and see that situation from your own eyes. Get a strong sense of how much you want this change.
  3. Define what it means to achieve your goal Can you create a picture in your mind of what it will be like to achieve this goal? In fact act as if you have already achieved it. What will you see, hear, feel, etc, when you have it? Be as specific as you can here… we want to activate all the senses and as much of the brain as we can in defining our goal to make it as strong as possible.
  4. Specify what success means How will you know when you have achieved your goal? Be very specific. Don’t use generalizations like “Make more money” or “Be a better presenter”. How much more money specifically? Is that amount the total or after taxes. When, where, how and with whom specifically should you achieve your goal? The more specifics you go into for defining your goal, the more prepared you will be to achieve it. After all, if you find a fifty note on the ground, in effect you have achieved your goal. But probably not the one meant, so be really specific.
  5. Define the outcome What will really happen if you achieve your goal? Think of all the side effects that could result when you achieve this goal; good and bad. What is the effect on your environment, the people around you, your family and friends? What is the impact of the goal on you? Sometimes we make goals that have a positive impact on others but a negative impact on ourselves, so if that is the case redefine it to be win-win for everyone, but most of all for yourself.

So there you have it! Get planning because the New Year is right around the corner and to have the full impact of the magic of a New Year’s Resolution, you have to state it on New Year’s Eve or Day at the latest! I would love to hear what some of your goals are, and of course how you plan to achieve them.