10 Tips for Success with your New Year Resolutions
Did you know by the second week of January 25% of you will have already given up on your resolution and that less than 10% of you will actually achieve your resolution.
How can you become one of the 10% of people who do succeed in achieving their New Year resolutions?
We make New Year resolutions because we want to change something. Of course it is possible to change the results in your life but to do so you need to have a different strategy.
Albert Einstein “Insanity is doing same things over and over again expecting a different result.”
So if you want to do something different and succeed with your New Year resolutions in 2016, here are 10 tips to help you to avoid the common mistakes when setting resolutions:
1) Know your why
The most important thing in making any change is being clear about your reasons for wanting to do this. Making any change involves a real cost to us (e.g. losing weight: cost not able to eat chocolate biscuits/junk food; getting fit: not being able to slouch on the sofa after work: getting more clients: cost: investment in marketing, training etc.).
If you don’t have a clear, strong reason why you want to make the change you are likely to fail along the way, especially in the middle when the going gets tough.
2) Change your mind set
Undoubtedly it is the thoughts in your head that have stopped you in the past from achieving the success you wanted. To achieve your New Year resolutions, or any goal you set, you need to change your mind set.
Identify the limiting thoughts that are holding you back e.g. I am never going to: be thin/fit/smart: earn enough money etc. and replace them with new positive thoughts that support your desired result.
3) Set SMART goals
The issue for most people is their New Year resolutions are too vague e.g. I want to: lose weight/get fit/earn more money etc. To have a much better chance of success in achieving your resolutions turn them into SMART goals:
S – Specific e.g. I want to lose 5kg, run 10km in under an hour, and earn £100k this year
M – Measurable – find a way to measure your goal so that you have a target to aim for
A – Attainable – they should be a stretch to motivate you but not delusional
R – Relevant – they should be relevant for your life
T – Time bound – set a deadline to create urgency. Without this we will put things off.
4) Make your goals compelling
People give up on resolutions because they aren’t compelling enough. To maintain the discipline and commitment to achieve your goals make sure they are also Inspiring and Empowering for you, (SMARTIE goals) e.g. physically or mentally challenging, intellectually stimulating, emotionally energizing etc.
5) Write Your Goals Down.
Too often our resolutions stay as dreams stay in our head. Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals simply by writing them down? This works because writing down your goals is the first step to translating your intentions into actions.
6) Track your progress
You can’t improve what you don’t measure so you must track on a weekly basis how you are doing. Have the courage to face how you are doing. Celebrate the successes and acknowledge the disappointments and move on from them.
7) Identify the next step
Sometimes big goals can seem overwhelming and we don’t know where to start. Break down goals into bite sized pieces and focus on the next step.
8) Take Action
The biggest obstacle we face is procrastination. If you want to achieve big things, you’ve got to start.
Zig Ziglar “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Excessive planning can be detrimental and whilst you might seem busy you aren’t actually taking the actions you need to get results you want. High achievers are action takers.
9) Keep Your Goals visible
You know that old saying “Out of sight, out of mind”. One of the biggest mistakes is not keeping your goals visible. Print them out and look at them every morning before you start the day. This will help them to stay conscious in your mind and support your to take the actions you need to achieve them.
10) Get support
All successful people have a coach or someone to help them reach their potential. If you really want this year to be different and achieve the goals you strongly desire, then find yourself a friend, coach or someone to support you and hold you accountable.
Make this year your Best Year Yet!