Friday, January 2, 2015

Photography & New Year Resolutions (Goals & Change)

Classic Car Calendar - Mojave, California
The first day of 2015 has already come and gone. Roughly half of Americans make a New Year's resolution. Someone I know made a resolution to create one quality photograph each week. 365 projects (where you capture at least one photograph each day for a year) are quite popular. There are tons of other photography related resolutions that may have been made.

I read last night that only 8% of those who make resolutions for the new year accomplish their goal. 71% fail by January 15th! With that in mind, below are five principals for successfully accomplishing your New Year's resolutions (all beginning with he letter "S").

Surrender. You have to desire whatever the change is that your resolution is supposed to bring. You must be motivated to change. The goal must be compelling enough to make it worth the effort. You must surrender yourself to that change by making it a top priority in your life.

Simple. Your goals should not be complicated. Use the K.I.S.S. method as much as possible.

Short. Less is more. If at all possible, make your goal obtainable with one action. The less steps required to finish, the more likely you'll accomplish it.

Specific. The goal needs to be tangible. Have a clear-cut objective. General terms will not do.

Shared. Tell others what you are doing. Better yet, find someone to do it with you! You'll have much more success if you are accountable to another person.

Success. If you follow the five principals above you'll have a much better shot at actually finishing what you set out to do. Don't be the 71% who won't make it to week three. Instead, beat the odds and actually complete your New Year's resolution.

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