How are your new year’s resolutions going? If you’re like me, you’re feeling strong. You’ve worked out. You had a salad and water for dinner instead of a burger and a beer. How long will that last? If you’re like me, it’ll be about three more days until you crack. This post strives to help you strategize and achieve your goals.
In Erika Andersen’s book, “Being Strategic,” she discusses how to achieve your hoped-for future (See my last blog post). Strategies—core directional choices—and tactics—actions to support your strategies—determine your path to this future. How can you be sure that your strategies are going to help you achieve your goals? Erika gives us the acronym, FIT, which stands for feasible, impactful and timely, to help us organize our goals.
Select your strategy. For this blog, I’ll use one of my “New Year, New Me: Look and Feel Fabulous” strategies: Workout for an hour, five days a week.
1. IS IT FEASIBLE?
Erika writes that “feasibility simply means deciding whether you can actually make a given effort.” Be realistic. Do you have the time and resources to do this? Don’t forget any foreseen obstacles. My obstacles include day light, funds for gym memberships/classes and graduate school classes. My flexible definition of “workout” will allow me to walk, run, zumba, swim, ect, allowing me to overcome obstacles of location, funds and time.
2. IS IT IMPACTFUL?
In business terms, you might consider this phrase this question, “Am I getting enough bang for my buck?” Given my current plan, I don’t intend on paying anything for my workouts. In this instance, time is my currency. The question for me will be “Am I using my allotted hour effectively to achieve my goals?” Considering I am starting at zero workouts a week, an increase to five times a week appears to have logical and immediate impact.
3. IS IT TIMELY?
“Timeliness focuses on two things: ordinality….and opportunity,” Erika writes. Ordinality means the order—when do things have to be done? Opportunity is about having the chance to do it. Andersen advises that strategies have a year to year-and-a-half timeline, giving you time to achieve them. Considering my ultimate goal is to lose weight to be healthier, this strategy should help me achieve that over the next 12 to 18 months.
It is important to run your strategies through FIT and sort for impact. What strategies will work best at which times? In my case, there is no time like the present. So, here I go. New year. New me.
What are your new year’s resolutions and strategies?
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