Making your New Year's resolutions stick!
Updated: Jan 2, 2019
The first day of a New Year is always the same. You’re feeling strong with every intent of achieving the number of resolutions you have decided upon. You stick to them for a week, maybe even two or a few months if you’re on a roll.
Then something happens that throws you off track. Your motivation wains and before you know it, you start making excuses and justifying to yourself that perhaps it was a pipe-dream in the first place. Sounding familiar?
With less than 10% of people sticking to and achieving their New Year’s resolutions, how can you set yourself up for success?
Whilst I may not conquer everything I set out to achieve , I know that if I rely on luck and don’t plan well I have zero chance of achieving any goal. So, whilst I have been planning my personal 2019 goals, I thought I would share my tried and tested method for success with you.
Set a goal that really matters to you and not someone else. Whilst your goal may be bold, it shouldn’t be a pipe-dream. Consider why is it important to you? What would it mean to you if you achieved it? How committed are you to achieving it? Once you have committed to your goal, write it down as a promise to yourself.
“Good goals are important to YOU”
Stand in the future and imagine yourself achieving it. How does it feel? Write it down.
Look back over your shoulder and think of the steps you took to get there, write them down. These are your steps to success.
“Good goals are explicit”
A goal without a plan is just a wish. Plan for your success. Who will you need to help you to get you there? What requests do you need to make of them?
Talk of your goal with those who will motivate you and help to keep you on track. Saying it verbally increases your commitment to your goal
“Good goals are public”
Success is never achieved in a linear line. Anticipate setbacks and look to overcome them re-writing your ‘steps to success’ as you go. Don’t let yourself off the hook. A breakthrough goal must have a breakthrough mind-set.
“ Good goals are active"
Regularly review your goal, how are you doing? Are you on track or do you need to make some amendments? What will be your next milestone to achieve? Feel like giving up? Ask yourself why you set yourself the goal in the first place? Has your goal become less important to you?
Celebrate every success along your journey. Remaining continually motivated is key to your success.
Once you have achieved your goal reward yourself. You totally deserve it. Well done!