New Year's Resolutions that Stick
Posted on January 10 2018
Here it is ... the second week of the new year. How are you doing on your New Year's Resolutions?
We all set them. And so very few of us even come close to meeting them. Why is that?
Here are a few tips on how to make resolutions into real goals that will carry you to a successful new year!
Know Your Why
In order for your resolution to stick, it has to be connected to your deepest values. Sure, we all want to get rich in 2018. We all want to look better. But your resolutions have to go beyond those superficial desires and connect with what really matters to you. You have to figure out what you are passionate about. You have to figure out your why.
When your resolution touches something deep down within your core, it compels you to dig deep. If you are not passionate about your goal, what do you think is going to happen when your alarm clock starts buzzing at 5am? Hello snooze button.
Not this year! I challenge you to dig deeper. You owe it to yourself.
The other day I spoke to a woman whose resolution was “to lose weight.” I’m sorry, but she is doomed for failure. What does that goal even mean? How is she going to achieve it? She didn’t have the answers to either of those questions.
The more specific your goal is, the more likely you are to succeed.
Example of a goal that is WAY too general : I want to get healthy.
How to make it better: In order to get healthier this year, I will go to the gym and take three cardio classes each week.
Think you can multitask? Think again! If you try to do too many things at once, you’ll just end up bouncing around and being completely inefficient. Start with one major undertaking for the beginning of the year. Take that big goal and break it into bite sized pieces.
Think about your professional or personal life (or both if you can).
Ask yourself this question:
What is the ONE THING you want to accomplish in the first quarter of 2018 that will help you towards your big goal?
Talk About Your Resolution
Don’t keep your New Year’s resolution (or any goals for that matter) to yourself. Share them! Recruit your cheer squad. Talk about them with your friends and family. Join a group, hire a trainer, create a blog. Let others help hold you accountable to yourself.
Write it down!
Stanford University did a study and found that when people write down their goal, the probability of them achieving it increased by over 70%. THAT IS HUGE! In fact, it is so huge that you CANNOT skip it. Write down your resolution. Keep it somewhere you will see it often. I typed mine out and have the piece of paper hanging right on my desk where I will see it every day.
Track Your Progress
You will never know how you are doing unless you track your progress. Decide how you will track it (wall calendar, checklists, an app on your phone etc). It doesn’t matter how you track it as long as you track it.
It helps if you have pre-established milestones that you can check in on. For example, if your resolution was to lose ten pounds in four months, you could have milestones set to lose 2.5 pounds each month. If you miss your milestone, readjust your plan of attack to stay on track for your main goal.
Expect Setbacks and Respond Accordingly
I wish I could tell you that you will be 100% successful with your New Year’s resolution from start to finish. I’d be lying to you. You may fail from time to time.
But I have good news for you.
Your failures will not define your success.
Your response to your failures will though.
Let’s say your resolution was to go to the gym three times per week for yoga class, and today you missed the gym. If skipping today’s yoga class leads you to miss all week – guess what – you might be in trouble. But if your missed workout means that you kick it up a notch tomorrow or take a quick walk after dinner tonight, you’ll be right back on your path to success.
If you declare 2018 a failure because you messed up once or twice, you just gave yourself an excuse to put off your goals for the entire year.