We are rapidly becoming a society that cannot resolve to do anything. 92% will fail to accomplish their 2007 goals. As of Dec 2005 only 47% even set New Year goals, down from 88% in 2001. Yet people who set goals are 10 times more likely to achieve them. It seems that we have no resolve. Here is how to help overcome this problem.
- Set goals.
- Take a bit to think about what you need to improve on in your life. It can be physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. Anything you can think of. List your goals in order of importance.
- Make them realistic. Be realistic with your targets, but don’t make them too easy, either. Instead of having one massive target, consider having multiple smaller targets.But also think positive and NEVER negitive about what you are doing.
- Choose to make changes at any time of the year. Don’t put all the pressure on yourself to make changes at the arbitrary start date of January 1st. But it should’nt be long after.
- Develop a time-activated plan under each goal. For the top 3 goals you listed, make a detailed, achievable plan. For example, for losing weight, ask yourself how you will do that. Will you stop eating carbs? Cut calories? Go to the gym 3 times a week for 20 minutes at a time?
- Create accountability: Set up dates for evaluation with a mentor. This helps you stay focused and evaluates methods for improvement. It’s even better if you find someone who has the same resolution.
- Remind yourself about it. For every day on your calender or schedule, write down what you will do for that day, what time you will do it, and don’t forget to actually do it now matter how busy you are. They’re called challenging for a reason!
- Focus on the process rather than the end goal. Take each step one at a time and be happy with your progress. The only way you’ll get to where you want to go is to complete every small step along the way.
- Reward yourself for a job well done: determine ahead of time what rewards will be at small milestones of accomplishment. Have frequent small rewards and the “GRAND PRIZE” for completion.
- When the new year begins and you do or you don’t have a resolution don’t worry because you can make a resolution right away and make today the beginning of a new year for the rest of your life.
- The best time to implement any big change is when you are in a good frame of mind to do it. Notice that it said “good” and not perfect. There will never be a time when it is “perfect”. You can wait for your finances to become extraordinary, for the planets to align, or for an amazing diet pill to come out to make losing weight a surefire thing, but chances are, it’s not going to happen. So, aim for “good”. If you aim for that, then you will be giving yourself a strong start, no matter what day of the year it is.*
- It can be hard to maintain your motivation and dedication to making a change in your life. When you fall off track with your resolution, whether it be to try and quit smoking or to lose weight by exercising and changing your diet, use the next Monday as the day to recommit. Healthy Monday, a non-profit national public health campaign association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, encourages people to use Monday as the day for health and disease prevention. If you have a weekly chance to get back on track with your New Year’s Resolution, you’ll have a greater chance of success.
- If you fall off course, recognize it and get back on course.
- Don’t beat yourself up. It’s going to be tough, don’t expect results instantly. It is hard work to make a goal and keep it. Just don’t give up. The only time you ever fail is when you give up. If you keep getting back up, you win.
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