Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A lot of people love them and make them every year, while others simply don’t stick with their resolutions until they are achieved. In fact, it’s estimated that around 80% of New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first month of making them! Heck, I know a few people who’ve given up on their 2018 resolutions already!
This got me thinking about why some people achieve their resolutions, while others seem to give up easily. I thought about the different methods people who actually follow through on their New Year’s resolutions use to reach their goals. I did a little research and here’s what the experts advise:
Choose the right resolution
Know what’s really important to you. Question how achieving the resolution will help improve your life. If the resolution isn’t important to you, then you’re much more likely to give up on it before it’s achieved.
Set mini-goals or milestones along the way
Staring at a BHAG (Big hairy audacious goal) can be SO daunting, it may stop you from really getting started. Breaking the big goal down into several smaller steps often makes it more manageable, and you get that sense of achievement as each “baby step” is accomplished.
Know WHY you want to achieve the resolution
WHY is the goal important to you? Write down your reasons, so you can refer back to them if and when things get challenging. Knowing your why is often the key to achieving any goal.
Say it out loud
Write your goals down, make a goal poster or vision board and tell at least one other person about what you intend to do. You’re less likely to give up if you’re accountable to someone else.
Rally some support
Gather a community of supporters around you. Organise someone to help out or give you a rev if/when you go off track. If you’re increasing your exercise, think about getting an exercise buddy – it really makes you get up and go if you have to meet a friend, rather than go on your own.
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
Using the SMART test can help achieve your goals much more often because it helps to refine your goals to ensure they are:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable/Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound
I’ve personally used the SMART test and been successful in achieving many of the goals I’ve set using this method.
Choose one word for the year
If New Year’s resolutions aren’t really your thing, but you do want to ensure that your year is fruitful, you might like to try another method – Selecting a word for the year.
Your word is intended to inspire you to become the person you want to be, rather than achieve specific goals.
I’ve never really embraced the whole “word for the year” thing previously, but this year, I have a few goals I’d really like to achieve or certainly at least set the foundations for them to happen in 2019.
The phrase “Find a way to make it happen” has been emblazoned on my office wall for a number of years. I follow this philosophy most of the time, but there are other times when I cast my glance away from the bold letters, not wanting to admit that I have yet to find a way! We’re all human J
So, I’ve come up with a word for 2018, and it is … SEEK. The word SEEK is intended to remind me to continue to find a way to make things happen during the year.
Your word is personal, and it needs to reflect who are you and how you wish to live your life (or at least the next year of it).
As food for thought, I’ve listed the following examples of other words which people have used as their “word for the year”. Feel free to come up with one of your own.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions – or do you loathe them?
Do you have a word for the year?
What do you think is the key to achieving goals throughout the year?
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