Many of us spend January 1 making new year’s resolutions and the other 364 days trying to stay resolved to keeping them. In fact, only 8% of people successfully achieve their resolutions. Here are 9 tricks to keep your new years goals and resolutions.
1. Set your 2015 goal and break it down to short-term goals for long-term success
Breaking your goal in to small measurable goals will help you stick with your program and see yourself WINNING! If you goal is to lose 30 lbs in 2015, first you want to set an end date….at what date do you want to be at your goal? Then break it down into 60-90 day goals. Example: I want to lose 30 pounds by December 31, 2015. Goal 1: Lose 7.5 pounds by March 31 Goal 2: Lose total of 15 pounds by June 31 Goal 3: Lose total of 22.5 pounds by Sept 31 Goal 4: LOSE A TOTAL OF 30 POUNDS BY DEC 31!!!
2. Set SMART Goal
S- Specific M- Measurable A- Attainable R- Relevant T- Time Bonded
3. Schedule time for your goals
If you goal is weight loss, you need to schedule your workout, meal planning and prepping just like you would schedule a meeting at work or a doctors appointment. The pounds are just going to fall off by writing “I want to lose 30 pounds” on a piece of paper.
4. Find a Buddy
Everything is more fun with friends. This will work for everything from saving money to working on your spirituality to losing weight. Use your buddy to hold you accountable to staying on track to your goals big and small. Set specific times to check in on each other.
5. write down you goals and visualize them
Writing and visualizing are effective tools for fulfilling a goal because they fist it firmly in the subconscious, says Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Make a vision board to post in your office of what you really want. Visualize it everyday, save it as your screensaver on your phone or computer. The more you look at it and think about it the better your chances of sticking with your goals.
6. Track your progress
Keeping record of your goals and your progress shows you all the little “wins” and will create that stickability you need to reach your goal. If you goal is to get out of debt, Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Tools are amazing. If your goal is weight loss, MyFitnessPal is a great easy to use tool to track your food.
7. Celebrate every win
You celebrate every win because victories are spiritual. Yes, I am equating winning with spiritual success. There are too many people in this world who are defeated and depleted, unhappy and unhealthy, and desolate and disconsolate – far, far too many. For these, a “win” of any kind is worth celebrating. And that it is. Celebrations come after victories of any kind. Any kind. For some, getting out of bed is a victory. For others, saying “no” when they wanted to say yes is a victory. And for many, taking baby steps to conquer a habit or resist a temptation or quit a compulsion is a big deal. And it’s worth celebrating.
8. Modify if necessary
Goals and resolutions are a way to create a better you. Sometimes the vision we start with at the beginning of the new year isn’t very realistic or obtainable. If you feel yourself failing or unable to stick with your original plan…THAT IS OK! Modify it so that you can stick with it for the long-term.
9. Forgive yourself
We are all human, if you fall off your plan don’t give up. Slip ups will happen, the strong and successful people are those who go through adversity and opposition. Forgive yourself, move on, and keep trying. You will thank yourself a year from now!