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Triggerfish’s 2019 resolutions

Triggerfish’s 2019 resolutions

By Said Hamed

We may be well in to the new year, but talk around the Triggerfish office is still regularly brought back to the topic of New Year’s resolutions. For some, they are a shining beacon of hope, promising a year better than the last, while for others, namely the office sceptic (me), they are more an idealistic, although admittedly admirable, waste of time!

24.01.2019

Triggerfish’s 2019 resolutions

While the Christmas season may seem like a distant Turkey induced dream away, it’s only in fact been a matter of weeks. In that time we are expected to transform from proud couch potatoes, idly brushing mince pie crumbs from our garish Christmas jumpers (don’t judge me, we’ve all done it!), into motivated efficiency machines, taking on marathon gym sessions and attending Spanish classes, all while going vegan, giving up alcohol and finally learning the guitar!

This led me to think about all the reasons why I dislike the ‘New Year, new me’ bandwagon and why it might be time to think about goal setting differently…

Going cold turkey is probably not sustainable

To me it just seems a little rushed and over ambitious. A New Year’s resolution is a long term goal and should therefore be thought of as a marathon not a sprint. I like to think about it in terms of simple, clear and achievable goals which culminate in the finished article.

Let’s say your goal is to lose weight and get fit. Rather than just that vague statement, add specifics to break it down into more digestible chunks. Say “I will do this by exercising three times a week and implementing the XYZ diet in the hope of losing 3 pounds a week”.

Just by adding a few simple steps and tangible forms of measurement, you are much more likely to engage with your plan and see it through. It’s all well and good having a long-term goal, even one where the route to the finish line isn’t immediately clear, however, it’s always worth defining the milestones that we can envisage so that we can see our progress and understand how we are getting one step closer to our overall goal. You can find out more about how to effectively set and stick to your New Year’s resolution with this article from goal setting expert Fay Sharpe.

The year doesn’t have to change for you to

Another reason I don’t like the idea of a New Year’s resolution is the belief that the end of a year is the perfect time to make a change. If you want to make a change, do it now, do it today, don’t take orders from a calendar. An old Chinese proverb suggests, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

The end of the year is typified by excess and indulgence which seems to all be justified by the classic phrase “well it is Christmas”. While there’s nothing wrong with celebrating another year, it doesn’t stand to reason that abstinence and restraint would effortlessly follow overindulgence. Don’t wait for the end of the year to launch that business, lose those last 5 pounds or pick up that guitar that’s gathering dust, do it now!

Failure is giving up, not adjusting

My final bugbear with New Year’s resolutions, is their rigid, inflexible nature. Often thought up in the throws of inebriation, when the world seems like your oyster, resolutions don’t allow for any form of alteration or development.

Sometime, in the pursuit of one thing, we find more value in another. Other times, our goals may change depending on our situation. If your resolution was to take up jogging and you break a leg two weeks into the year, you have not failed. The situation has changed, and so you will need to adapt with it.

Your goals and objectives should be consistently readjusted and if necessary reframed in order to maximise your potential. This doesn’t mean lowering the bar or excusing a lack of motivation, but rather that you adjust your goals to work with your circumstances. You may find that 6 months into your journey you’re way ahead of expectations. This isn’t an excuse to take your foot off the pedal, but more an invitation to demand more of yourself. After all, they say if you want to make a million, aim for 10 million. Achieving goals isn’t a case of pass or fail, it’s a case of creating the constant pursuit of something better and readjusting that when you achieve it.

We want to know your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions. Are they a waste of time or the perfect way to kick-start a new year? To start things off, here are all of the team Triggerfish resolutions for a little inspiration:

Andrew – To complete 5 half Ironmans in under 4hrs 50

Alex – Make better use of my free time and filling it with travel, reading and self-betterment

Zoe – Read a book a month, do Pilates at least twice a week and cook more often

Laura – Budgeting better to make way for my mortgage

Aaron – Take some of the pressure off myself and be more fluid

Andreas – To make more time for social activities without compromising my professional goals

Chloe – To recognise my own achievements and kill self-doubt

Josie – To incorporate more activity into my routine and spend less time watching Netflix!

Katy – To use social media in a more constructive and positive way and not using my phone on my commute

Laura F – To write down what I’m thankful for and use it to gain perspective in times of need

Said – ‘Said’s Sunday Sessions’: Dedicate 2 hours every Sunday to self-improvement

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