As part of my focused new year, I'm participating in a group called 30 Days of Hustle. It's the brainchild of Jon Acuff. On Day 1 we each listed our "what." What are we planning to hustle? Most of us know that we need to set goals (often called resolutions at this time of year) and then throw everything we have at them. In the group, our "what" must be concrete and measurable. With my kids, I tell them to make SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, rent, time) and it's the same basic idea. While I want to be more organized, that's not a good goal. I will have more success with a goal such as spending ten minutes per day filing and purging because I can know exactly when I've achieved this. It's not ambiguous.
Jon takes this a step farther to point out that we need to identify why we set these goals. This is another tool to help us be more successful in achieving our "what." If I identify why I'm doing it, then I'm more likely to continue doing it. Back to my organization goal, I probably will not work towards that goal long if I'm only doing it to check it off of my list. Remember, our goals are usually not things that happen naturally for us or they would already be happening. When I identify that keeping my papers organized will help me at tax time, prevent losing things and save me from the rushed cleaning when company is coming, then I'm more likely to stay with it.
As you think about your resolutions, goals, words, themes, and the new year in general...take a moment to identify your why. If you keep a journal or jot notes in a calendar or app, write down your why. Go back to it when you are struggling or need to refocus. This one extra step may be just what you need to stay on track.