Untangling the Resolutions Web…

This Sunday, March 1st, marks the 60th day of the year and the beginning of a new fiscal quarter. It’s also a great time to take stock of our New Year’s Resolutions and see what kind of progress we’ve made toward those lofty goals we set way back in January.

If you’re thinking “Resolutions? What resolutions?” you’re not alone. According to a recent study, 50% of Americans make resolutions, but 88% of those people don’t keep them. That’s 156 million failed resolutions every year. Ouch.

Here at Matchmaker Logistics, we’ve been bucking the trend and trying, once and for all, to untangle the web of resolutions failure. Our secret? Accountability. Achieving goals (both personal and professional) is part of our company culture, and because of that we’ve made our resolutions public. We’ve also been sharing our strategies, such as eating frogs for breakfast, embracing rejection, and doing one awesome thing a day, because sometimes we need a little extra help. (At least I do!)

I asked the team to share their progress toward their goals, as part of our accountability system. Here’s where they’ve landed, just sixty days in.

• “I got pre-approved for a loan to buy a new house, and fell in love with a property. The inspection is today – fingers crossed!” – Pam
• “I’ve paid off three credit cards so far. At this rate, I’ll be debt-free just in time for Christmas!” – Mary
• “I’m finally going shopping for a new car in two weeks, which has been a goal of mine for a long time.” – Kendra
• “I’ve got a late March trip planned to our timeshare in Gatlinburg. I never used my week last year, so I’m making sure I don’t miss out again!” – Tammy
• “My goal was to go on four trips this year, and they’re all planned: Denver to see my best friend’s new baby, Oregon to see my brother and sister-in-law, North Carolina for a wedding, and Charlottesville for Christmas.” – Shelly

As for me, I’m working with a personal trainer to help reach my goal of getting in shape. While I haven’t lost any weight yet, that’s okay. After all, we’ve still got nine months to go and I plan to make the most of them.

Alas, that’s the beauty of a long term goals and regular check-ins. They give you a chance to evaluate your progress, and leave plenty of time to get back on track. This year, don’t be a New Year’s Resolution statistic. Stick to it, and you’ll be amazed at how far you can go.

Some creatures, however, don’t stand a chance:

spiders-new-year-resolution1By permission of John L. Hart FLP and Creators Syndicate, Inc.

Take your resolutions out for another “spin” this weekend,