From Resolution to Reality: A Manager’s Guide to Achieving New Year’s Goals with Their Team 

As we bid farewell to another year and embrace the excitement of the new year, many managers find themselves reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. New Year’s resolutions provide an opportunity to set intentions and make positive changes, personally and professionally. For managers, achieving their New Year’s goals can have a significant impact on their team’s success and overall organisational growth.

The Challenge However, the path from resolution to reality can be challenging. Studies have shown that only a small percentage of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. This is often due to insufficient planning, motivation, and support. To increase the chances of success, managers should adopt a strategic approach to goal setting and implementation. Here are 6 steps to guide your Managers with goal setting:

Step 1: Set Clear and Measurable Goals The first step to achieving New Year’s goals is to set clear and measurable goals. Define your goals in a specific, understandable, and achievable manner. Break them down into smaller, manageable steps to make the process less overwhelming and more attainable.

Step 2: Engage Your Team Involving your team in the goal-setting process is crucial for gaining their buy-in and commitment. Encourage team members to share their own goals and aspirations, and work together to identify shared objectives. This collaborative approach will foster a sense of ownership and shared responsibility for achieving the team’s goals.

Step 3: Create a Detailed Action Plan Develop a comprehensive action plan outlining specific steps required to achieve your goals. Assign tasks to team members, specify deadlines, and identify any necessary resources or support. Regularly review and update your action plan to ensure you are on track.

Step 4: Establish Clear Expectations and Communication Communication is key. Clearly convey expectations and deadlines to team members. This will help them to understand their roles and responsibilities, and ensure that everyone is working towards the same objectives. Regular check-ins and progress reviews will help to keep everyone focused and motivated.

Step 5: Provide Ongoing Support and Recognition Recognise and celebrate your team’s achievements along the way. Offer ongoing support and encouragement, and be willing to provide assistance when needed. A supportive work environment will boost morale and motivation, increasing the likelihood that your team will achieve their goals.

Step 6: Adapt and Adjust as Needed Flexibility is essential. Be prepared to adapt and adjust goals as unexpected challenges or circumstances arise. Regular reflection and evaluation will identify areas for improvement, allowing for necessary adjustments to ensure that goals remain achievable.

Achieving New Year’s Goals: A Holistic Approach As we get on goal setting and achievement, let’s not forget the importance of holistic well-being. In the pursuit of achieving more, let’s also prioritise our mental health and find ways to enjoy life. Incorporating Top-Ups for Mental Well-being The concept of Top-Ups, introduced to me by Claire Stone, offers a simple yet effective approach to enhancing mental well-being.

Top-Ups are small, intentional actions that bring joy, relaxation, and a sense of connection to the present moment. You can easily support your team to bring Top Ups into their day. You can explore a few examples of Top-Ups: Connecting with nature: Take a walk barefoot in the grass, feel the wind on your skin, or simply observe the beauty around you. Mindful moments: Savour a cup of tea in silence, practice deep breathing exercises, or simply take a few moments to appreciate the present moment.

Playful connections: Engage in activities that bring you joy, such as playing games with your children, dancing to your favourite music, or simply enjoying a good laugh.

As we welcome the new year, let’s make it a year of growth, achievement, and holistic well-being. By planning, motivation, and supporting your team in setting and achieving their goals together, along with incorporating Top-Ups for positive mental health into your day, success will be a collective journey. Happy New Year!