Jeanine Cogan
Executive coach

Jeanine Cogan

Heads Cogan Coaching and is on the faculty of the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Georgetown University.

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Commit unwaveringly

Q: Why do most people abandon their New Year's resolutions so quickly? How much of a role does goal-setting play in achieving success? What are the most effective resolutions you have made?

This is a great question! What makes New Year's resolutions fail or succeed? Let's look at the word resolution. It comes from resolute, which means Admirably purposeful, determined, unwavering.

You achieve a goal that you set for yourself only if you are willing to commit to your success unwaveringly. To be resolute involves time, effort, often money, and sacrifices as well.

For example, a resolution I had one year was to open my own coaching company. Achieving this goal required many hours to create a business plan, marketing strategy, brand, Web site, logo, networking, the works.

It required money for a business coach, all of my marketing materials, networking events, etc. Sacrifices included letting go of a stable, full-time, well-paid position, a cut in salary, and taking a risk that the business could fail. The only way I succeeded in achieving this New Year's resolution was to show unwavering determination.

You have to really want something to show that kind of determination. So this year come up with only one New Year's resolution. What is one goal that you want to reach more than anything?

Pick a goal that you are willing to commit the time, effort, and money to. What are you willing to make sacrifices for? Pick this goal; the one that sings to you and is worth the blood, sweat and tears. Now go for it! Do one small action today that brings it a step closer. Be resolute!

By Jeanine Cogan  |  December 30, 2009; 4:54 PM ET  | Category:  resolutions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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