Weekend Poll Results: Your Q3 Progress With 2016 Goals

With thanks to all who are participating, here are the results of this past weekend’s poll. Our focus:

How did you progress with your 2016 goals or resolutions in Q3?

Setting goals and resolutions is the easy part, yes? It’s the follow-through that can be a challenge. In mid-January, 89% of respondents reported that they’d been sticking with their goals or resolutions for the new year. By April, that percentage had declined to 58% and in June there was a further drop to 55%. For the most recent quarter, those numbers are down to 25%. Progress checks such as this one are one more reinforcement of the commitment required to reach goals, as they can help us to refocus our efforts.

If you’re on track or making some progress with your goals, give yourself a well deserved pat on the back and keep it up. If you’re in the other camp, you have moral support and encouragement from your peers … which you’ll see at the end of this article!

QUARTERLY RESULTS YTD

Have you established goals or resolutions for 2016?

October 2016: 56% of respondents said yes; 44% said no

June 2016: 82% of respondents said yes; 18% said no

April 2016: 79% of respondents said yes; 21% said no

January 2016: 89% of respondents said yes; 11% said no

If you set resolutions, have you stuck with them so far?

October 2016: 25% of respondents said yes; 50% said no; 25% selected “Other”.  A couple of comments were offered: “n/a” and “I’ve stuck with some, but not all my goals”.

June 2016:  55% of respondents said yes; 36% said no; 9% selected “Other”. One respondent wrote, “N/A”.

April 2016: 58% of respondents said yes; 25% said no; 17% selected “Other”. Some of those respondents commented, “much of the time” and “half the time”.

January 2016: 89% of respondents said yes; 11% said no

There was significant slippage from the second to third quarter. Kudos to all who have maintained their resolutions.

Have you developed strategies or an action plan to achieve your goals or resolutions? 

October 2016: 57% of respondents said yes; 29% said no, but they’re working on this; 14% said no

June 2016: 50% of respondents said yes; 40% had not yet done so but were working on it, and 10% said no

April 2016: 69% said yes; 23% had not yet done so but were working on it, and 8% said no

January 2016: 56% said yes; 33% said no; 11% had not yet done so, but were working on it

We have continued progress!

Have you made your goals/resolutions known to others?

October 2016: 57% of respondents said yes; 43% said no

June 2016: 50% of respondents said yes, while 50% said no

April 201669% said yes, while 31% said no

January 2016: 59% said no, while 33% said yes and 11% of respondents selected “Other”. One such person wrote, “not yet”

Have you established timelines within which to achieve the results you want?

October 2016: 43% of respondents said yes; 57% said no

June 2016:  60% of respondents said yes, while 40% said no

April 2016: 77% of respondents said yes, while 23% said no

January 2016: 56% said yes, while 44% said no

More progress on this question (and the next two); how do we get to our end point without determining how and when we want to get there?

Have you established metrics/measures by which you can measure success?

October 2016: 43% of respondents said yes; 57% said no

June 2016:  60% of respondents said yes, while 40% said no

April 2016: 62% said yes, while 38% said no

January 2016: 56% said no, while 44% said yes

 

Have you identified habits/routines you need to drop?

October 2016: 86% of respondents said yes; 14% said no

June 2016:  80% of respondents said yes, while 20% said no

April 2016: 83% said yes, while 17% said no

January 2016: 78% said yes, while 22% said no

 

Have you continued incorporating any new habits or routines as part of your goals/resolutions?

October 2016: 86% of respondents said yes; 50% said no

June 2016:  70% of respondents said yes; 20% said no; 10% selected “Other”. Comments included “some”.

April 2016: 92% said yes, they are incorporating new habits or routines as the year progresses, while 8% of respondents said no

January 2016: n/a; with the year just underway, it would have been premature to ask such a question

 

Are you happy with your progress to date?

October 2016: 63% of respondents said yes; 13% said no; 25% selected “Other”. One person in this category wrote, “I’m happy with progress on some goals, but not all”. Others wrote “n/a”.

June 2016: 70% of respondents said yes and 20% said no; another 10% selected “Other”. One person in this category, wrote, “somewhat”

April 2016: 64% said yes, while 29% said no and another 7% selected “Other”; one person in the last category wrote, “Time is Limited!!!”

January 2016: 89% said yes, while 11% of respondents said no

 

Have you adjusted or dropped any of your 2016 goals?

October 2016: 71% of respondents said yes; 29% said no

June 2016:  67% of respondents said yes, while 22% said they’d dropped one or more goals and 11% said no

April 2016: 58% said no, while 42% said yes, they’ve made adjustments

January 2016: n/a; with the year just underway, it would have been premature to ask such a question

 

What advice would you offer someone who has slipped but wants to get back on track with goals?

Responses YTD

  • Visualize yourself and the satisfaction you’ll feel once you achieve the goal(s)
  • Make a plan – get someone to motivate you into sticking to it
  • Improve through self assessment
  • Just because you slip, it doesn’t mean that you fail. Get back on track soon.
  • Form a board of advisors and get support from people you trust and know you well
  • Remember your “why”
  • Persevere!
  • Take time to think clearly about the goals and how you can achieve them
  • Keep it moving …
  • Do not give up. Keep trying.
  • Have an accountability partner to keep you honest
  • Envision the end result, and then map out how to reach it.
  • Keep on assessing your career plans and focus on 2-3 areas for improvement
  • Get back on that bike & start pedalling again.
  • Envision the end result.
  • Get back on track now! Don’t leave it until 1 Jan, journey will be much harder!
  • Don’t waste time! Use every second to make you happy!
  • Just try again.
  • Just get back on the horse. Nothing ventured nothing gained!
  • Do not give up, keep on trying!!!
  • Review the timelines you have set and consider adjustments to get the job done.

 

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