I know I’m a little bit late to say this, but Happy New Year!
Some quick tips to help you with your new year’s resolutions so that they stick:
- Write them down. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, did a study on goal-setting with 267 participants. She found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.
- Make them visible so you can come back to them frequently. If something is out of sight, it’s out of mind, and this is especially true with goals.
- Make fewer goals so you have more focus. If you put down 20 goals, you’re pulling your focus in too many directions. Make a smaller amount, like under 10 and as you check some goals off, you can add more.
- Make your goals SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
- Timely needs its own bullet…put a deadline to the goal so that it gives you a sense of urgency. You can also use this to focus your efforts on the goals which have a closer deadline.
- Know the why. If you aren’t passionate about this goal, it’s useless to waste your time on it.
- Get slightly out of your comfort zone. Push yourself, go the distance. No one ever got anywhere by staying where they were.
- Make an action plan for each goal. With this action plan, you can create daily routines that will help you reach these goals.
- If you need it, get a coach. Sure, you can have a friend be your accountability partner, but sometimes it’s best to have someone who is impartial, a third party. They don’t have any emotional attachment to you so can tell things to you straight without worrying about hurting your feelings. They can keep you on track.