Setting realistic goals for 2015

It is that time of the year again when resolutions are made, both personal and professional. While many of us will try to spend more time in the gym, others are looking for opportunities to capitalize on the strongest economic growth the country has seen in more than a decade

While many goals will be set, statistically, few will succeed. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL) explained to the Harvard Business Journal that this is because goals are often set that "go against our nature." 

"We all have predispositions, character traits, and habits that we have built over many years," he says. "Most of our New Year's resolutions and goals involve breaking these patterns, which is very difficult to do and requires a lot of work."

To enact positive change, Chamorro-Premuzic explains that a plan of action is required. A step-by-step strategy is needed to keep change efforts on track and to help measure progress. By thinking tactically about change, and focusing on specific elements as a means of attaining a larger goal, one is much more likely to realize positive results. 

Of course, breaking from the status quo is rarely comfortable or easy. Brining others on board and having a network of support can greatly increase the odds for successful change. This network should consist of others who subscribe to a similar vision and can help launch you towards your new goals. 

One crucial element in any change effort is creating milestones that help you measure and appreciate your progress. Improving both your organization or self is not a race, and requires the proper insight and support for success. If you or your organization want to bring about effective change in 2015, change management consulting could offer the necessary push.