Your New Year – Goals vs. Resolutions
Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions
“Lose weight” – “Exercise” – “Financial Stability” – “Eliminate Stress”
These are just a few of the many New Year’s Resolutions that will be made and – if you are like the majority of the estimated 40% of Americans that make a New Year’s Resolution – eventually broken.
So why do so many good-intentioned resolutions fall flat before January is even over?
Dan Diamond, a contributor for Forbes, states that the problem is an issue of generality – most people’s resolutions are too large and general to be able to come up with a plan and stick with it.
Instead of large, overwhelming, and unrealistic resolutions, try making smaller, more specific, reachable goals to keep you moving in the right direction all year long.
But how do you make your New Year’s Goals more manageable?
Diamond gives suggestions for how to take your resolutions and boil them down to more tangible milestones.
1. Keep it Simple
Set small, attainable goals throughout the year, rather than a singular, overwhelming goal. Keep your resolution list short and take it one step at a time.
2. Make it Tangible
Set a goal that is specific – and even better – measurable. Make a plan that you can actually execute. Instead of making a resolution to “lose some weight,” make a goal to go to the gym and lift weights twice a week.
3. Make it Obvious
Make your goals as visible as possible. Chart them, share them with friends and family, post them publicly and privately – that way they always stay in front of you.
4. Keep Believing You Can Do It
Don’t let bumps in the road knock you completely off course. Realize that there will be ups and downs, but also realize that you can use your willpower to overcome them and successfully complete your goals.
These rules don’t just apply to your personal goals. You can also set goals for your family, your job, and/or your community that you can actually stick to this year.
Here is Dan Diamond’s Forbes article for more details on tips to sticking to your New Year’s goals.
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