This is How You Actually Can Accomplish your New Years Resolution
Have all Your New Years Resolutions Failed?You are not alone.
Only 8% of people actually achieve their New Years Resolution. A major reason why most people fail is because they didn’t follow through with the right preparation and execution plan to reach their goals.
2018 Can be Your Year to Achieve. Here’s How:
It all starts with the preparation. How much time did you spend on thinking about your New Years Resolution? If you are the type person who tends to decide on what your New Years Resolution is going to be only 5 minutes before midnight, well then forget it. You will only proceed to slowly fall off the wagon in a few weeks or months – just like everyone else.
The 8% of people who do succeed at achieving their New Years Resolution didn’t just wish for something, they developed a plan to get there.
Develop Your Goals for 2018
Sit down uninterrupted for at least one hour brainstorming your goals. That’s right, you must spend quality time alone preparing your goals. Pencil in some time for yourself away from the distractions that normally surround you.
Pull out a notebook and/or your computer and begin to sort out your goals.
Here are some great thought prompting questions to ask yourself:
- What was I unwilling to do in 2017 that held me back?
- What event or experience am I most grateful for this year?
- What are 2 things I will need to do differently to hit my 2018 commitment?
- What am I most proud of this year?
- Who do I need to spend more/less time with to continue to improve my personal or professional goals?
- What meaningful lessons did I learn this year?
“Most people fail to achieve their New Years Resolutions because their goals are unrealistic and unmeasurable. They are almost like wishes rather than goals.”
Setting goals like “I’m gonna quit smoking” “I’m gonna lose 10 pounds” or “I will be more kind in 2018″ are nice in theory, but they are actually too broad and need to be broken down further.
You should get in a good habit of asking yourself some more thought provoking questions like “How am I going to actually lose 10 pounds?” “Should I join a running group?” Or “What kind of activities can I do to replace my normal smoke breaks?”
“You need to pick the RIGHT goal to achieve it.”
After you have narrowed down your goal. It’s now time to edit it again. That’s right, never settle for your first few drafts. Your final goal should be: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (S.M.A.R.T.).
Here are some examples of some S.M.A.R.T. goals:
(Too Broad Goal: I will quit smoking next week.)
Specific: I will completely quit all nicotine products and become smoke free.
Measurable: I will wean myself off nicotine until I am no longer addicted by cutting down my daily doses of nicotine.
Attainable: I will only smoke 4 cigarettes a day starting on January 2 for two weeks and cut out 1 cigarette per day every 2 weeks until I reach 0 cigarettes per day.
Realistic. Chances are that I will have setbacks. I will join a smoking support group by January 7 and also join a gym to help keep me occupied when I’m struggling.
Timely: I will be completely nicotine and smoke free by March 15.
“Always plan for setbacks because they will happen. When they occur, just refocus.”
Now it’s time to take action. The next step is to add these key dates into your phone and/or home calendar. Make sure your goals and deadlines are easily accessible and kept in places that you associate as your “working space.”
Revisit your goals at least once a week to keep your focus. Always respect the deadlines that you set for yourself. Don’t delay deadlines.
“Accomplishing your goals happens when you can balance preparation with action.”
If a major setback occurs, don’t acknowledge that as a failure. You may have set a very hard goal for yourself to achieve and you may need to break it down further.
Simply rewrite your goal into something that is more achievable for you and set brand new deadlines.
Never quit your goals. Just refocus if you get off track.
Final Thoughts. If you are someone who constantly struggles with actually accomplishing your goals, it’s perfectly okay to start with a very small goal. The boost of confidence you will get after you achieve even the smallest of goals will tremendously boost your chances of smashing another goal.
Try and set a new goal every 3 months. That’s right, another major reason why most people fail accomplishing their New Years Resolution is because they never set enough deadlines throughout the year. Don’t make your New Years Resolution deadline be December 31.
New Years Resolutions don’t have to be decided on January 1 either. You can absolutely wait until a few weeks have passed to begin the planning process. Do what works best for you.
Now go make 2018 your year to achieve!