The reason your new year goals might not be working

Leonie Cutts

Are you the kind of person who sets up your year with good intentions? You set out your key goals, you even write them as SMART goals – but somehow, things don’t always go as planned. In fact, it seems that each year, you find yourself writing the very same goals as last year, hoping that this will be the year that you actually achieve them.

Well, you might be missing the most powerful ingredient to your planning.

Focus on the right things is key, but there is something even more important than a clear intention and direction.

That key ingredient is how you see yourself.

Your identity.

If you are like many people, a goal on your list for the year is to be healthy. Maybe for you that means eating good food and exercising regularly. That’s a great start.

So, you begin the year, with all good intentions. It’s not long before you find yourself at a social function and your friends offer you wine and chips to settle in for a good evening to catch up. What do you do?

Well, if you see yourself as someone ‘trying to be healthy’, you might succumb to the wine and nibbles.

But if you see yourself as a healthy person who makes healthy choices, you might take along your mineral water and some healthy snacks to throw into the mix and enjoy the night just the same – this time feeling like you are living as you see yourself.

James Clear, in his book Atomic Habits spells this out really clearly:

“The most effective way to change your habits is to focus not on want you to achieve, but on who you wish to become.”

James Clear

It’s a continuous loop: Our habits are created by how we see ourselves. And then how we see ourselves is a result of our habits.

How are your habits serving how you see yourself and the goals you want to achieve?

When planning the year, we so often focus on what we want to achieve, not on who we wish to become. Starting with our identity, who we wish to become, might just be the key to making those goals happen! And there’s no easier way to start exploring the person you want to be than with a physical or digital pack of CCS image cards. Watch the video below of my recent digital CCS Cards session with 230 participants planning their year by uncovering the person they want to be.

To see more about how to explore your identity and designing your year, watch this video:

Leonie Cutts leads over 230 participants to begin designing their year using digital CCS image cards on the CCS Virtual Facilitation Environment

Leonie Cutts

Co-founder of CCS Corporation, co-developer of the CCS, facilitator and coach. Leonie is passionate about bringing people together for connection and growth in both their personal and professional lives.