A Quick Guide on How to Write New Year’s Resolutions and How to Stick to Them
Posted on 21st December 2015 at 11:52
Did you know that 25% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolution within 1 week? And that some 60% abandon them within 6 months. This means that only 15% actually stick it out longer than 6 months! Today’s article will show you how you can become one of the 15%, one of those who actually follows through with their Resolution.
At this time of year I always get excited anticipating the upcoming 12 months. I have so much excitement, enthusiasm, hope and expectation about what I personally can achieve in the coming year. However it’s only been in the last 2 years that I have actually been able to look back and review the year past and say ‘wow, I actually achieved everything I’d set out to do’. What changed in these 2 years? Simple, I turned my New Year’s Resolutions into New Year Goals.
I know what you are thinking, goals are boring and there is no difference between them and a resolutions. But the average person makes the same New Year’s resolution 10 separate times without success! If you were a business and set the same goal 10 times but failed to meet it even once you’d be out of business. As the saying goes, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results?’ Goals get done, resolutions get forgotten.
So here is my 6 step guide to writing successful New Year’s Goals that you will stick to.
Write your goal(s) down on paper. This may sound trivial and unimportant, but actually it’s my No. 1 step for a reason. A study done by psychologist Dr. Gail Matthews at Dominican University of California discovered that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. Why is that? Well by writing your goal down it gives it and you focus. Just having goals floating vaguely around in your head doesn’t help anyone, we all know how many thoughts fly thorough out heads a day, so it’s very easy for your goals to be pushed back. But once it’s written down and you can see it, you have given it life and you will subconsciously become more ‘focused’ on it.
Connect to the goal. Instead of simply writing it down, and moving onto the next one, dive a bit deeper into the reason why this is a goal on your list. Ask yourself why is this important to me? What will doing this make possible for me? How will I feel when I achieve this goal? And what is at stake if I don’t do it? Diving deeper and making these inner connections with your goal will add emotion to it. It’s that emotional connection that will drive you forward when times get tough!
Make the goal specific. I’ve talked about this when it comes to your fat loss goal. You can’t simply say I want to lose weight. With your New Year’s Goal don’t simply write ‘make more money’ that’s too vague making £1 more is still technically making more. Instead try make and extra £10,000 this year. That way you have a target to aim for! For more on writing fitness goals click here.
Plan the path you’ll be walking on (set micro goals). Many people fail to meet their goals because they simply don’t know where to start, the steps to take or where the path leads. Well, I’ve got some news for you, no one can see the full path that lies ahead of them, and the ones who have succeeded are the ones who keep walking forward anyway. When it comes to your personal path, just make sure that the next step you take is sending you in the right direction towards achieving your goal, and you will be 1 step closer to achieving it. The best way to achieve this is set smaller goals that will lead you to the bigger goal.
Set a deadline and stick to it. Michael Hyatt said ‘a goal without a deadline is little more than a dream.’ And I agree with him, writing down a deadline makes the goal concrete. This puts a sense of urgency on the goal and will force you to take action. Taking action is the first step in getting the ball rolling and building the momentum to carry on and complete the goal.
Put the goal somewhere visible. Have you ever looked through your computer and found a New Year’s resolutions you wrote 4 years ago, and laughed because you ‘remember’ those resolutions you made but never completed. Don’t let this year’s goals get lost in your ever increasing computer library. Write it down and frame it, put it on your wallet, make it your background/screen saver or put it on your bathroom mirror to greet you in the morning and before you settle at night. These goals with which you made an emotional connection to should be in your face and visible to you daily so you remember where you are going, why you are doing it, and what needs to be done. Also there is something pleasurable about crossing off a goal when it’s done!
Have you achieved a lot of success from goals you have written down?
Maybe you use a different strategy or have another great key step?
Leave a comment below and help people achieve their goals this year.
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