Studies indicate that over half of the New Year’s Resolution made are never actually accomplished. But why? There are several possible answers to this question, each one may apply for one reason or another but perhaps we should be asking a different question altogether. Rather than wondering why the majority of people don’t meet their New Year’s Resolution goals, we should be asking: What can we do different in 2018 to make them happen?
In order for a long-term goal to be met, we must first set short-term goals to lead up to it. Days lead to weeks, weeks lead to months, and months lead to years. If we want to accomplish a year-long goal, then our chances of success are higher if we break that goal down into monthly or even weekly goals first. Here is a simple three-step system that can help you to execute practically any New Year’s Resolution.
Step One: Start Now!
Being mentally prepared for long enough before getting into the nitty-gritty details of our goals can make all the difference. We have to know with every fiber of our being that we can and will make it happen. A New Year’s Resolution can never work on a whim. Let’s tell ourselves now, every single day that we can, and when the time comes we’ll be confident and ready… possibly even excited to make it happen.
Another way to start now is on the physically prepared side of things. If the goal is losing weight then let’s start clearing out those snack closets, and finding a workout routine that we can enjoy and stick with. If the goal is to quit smoking, then do a little research on tips and tricks that may help. (for me it was dum dum suckers. Oddly enough. Those dreamy little treats substituted my cigarette habit for months. I’ve been proudly quit for eight years now). If the goal is saving or making more money, then open up that special bank account to get ourselves prepared.
Step Two: Plan a System!
In most cases, a written plan can be just the ticket. We can do this on a calendar or even with a simple outline. Write down weekly and/or monthly short-term goals to lead up to the big shebang. This can be a few pounds lost by certain dates, for writers it can be a certain word count, for travelers it can be certain locations, etc. And, if the goal is something that requires an all at once type thing (such as cold turkey) then don’t fret because a system can still be put in place! Think creatively, and set positive goals such as places to go and people to surround ourselves with that we’re required to stick with our goal in order to make it happen.
Step Three: Pick a Reward!
Sometimes it takes more than just the goal itself to use as an initiative. Us humans are greedy creatures by nature and may need something extra special to reward ourselves with. What do you want as a treat after your goal is met? Write it down, and start saving our pennies now, because once we reach our Resolution, we deserve to celebrate!! We have worked hard for it after all. So, if we decide now what exactly we want to reward ourselves with, and write down the date we will reap our treat, then we’re much more likely to follow through!
Good luck with your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions CTM readers! We’ve got this!