Creating a list of New Year’s resolutions is a common activity. A resolution is a declaration of what you want to achieve, like earning a promotion or getting a raise or losing ten pounds to look better in your business suits.
A resolution is a goal, and goal setting is good. But how are you going to achieve that goal? New Year’s resolutions need to include solutions as to how you will achieve your goal.
For instance, your resolution is “I want to earn a promotion in 2012.” Okay, that’s a good resolution. Now, what is the solution that will earn you a promotion? Let’s say that you go into your manager’s office and state, “I feel it is time for me to be promoted.” What’s next on your agenda?
One solution in this case is offering documentation to be able to explain how you feel a promotion is warranted. For instance, you should present monthly reports of your achievements you’ve kept for just this reason. What about copies of e-mail testimonials on your outstanding performance from senior colleagues or customers? Adding in that management class you took on your own to be a better supervisor is also part of your case to get a promotion.
Making a resolution is a good start to identify your goal. Just be certain to have a solution that is doable, affordable, and one that yields the results you seek.