Should you Write New Year’s Resolutions?
Do you write new year’s resolutions every year but fail to stick to them? Would you like some help to make sure you don’t repeat the trend?
If you have answered yes to both these questions than read on. I have written this article for you.
Why should you write new years resolutions?
It’s that time of year again, time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions. Did you accomplish any of last year’s resolutions? No?
Don’t be too hard on yourself, only eight percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually accomplish them!
What were your resolutions last Year
What promises did you make last January? If you are like so many others (that 92% who also didn’t reach their goals).
Your resolutions were probably very similar to these most commonly broken ones – lose weight, stop smoking, drink less, or learn a new skill.
Would you like to know how to greatly improve your chances of accomplishing the resolutions and goals you set for yourself this year?
Try Goal Setting
Here’s a hint, accomplishing resolutions, like any goal, requires a combination of focus, planning and determination and one place to start is to WRITE YOUR GOAL DOWN.
Those 9 out of 10 people who fail at resolutions fail to plan or focus and usually fail to reach their goals within the first month, if not the first week.
Here are some tips to help ensure your success:
Review your life. And identify the areas that need improvement. Try to find areas that you WANT to improve and focus less on things that you need to STOP.
If your goal is something you WANT, you will work harder to accomplish it. Make a list of those things you really WANT to change.
Narrow the list down. And FOCUS. Identify the ONE goal that will have the biggest positive impact and improvement in your life.
Focus on THAT goal and make a commitment to accomplish it.
Most goal setting experts suggest that for your selected goal to be successful, it should follow the SMART criteria and should be:
- Specific – Does it target the specific area that we just focused on? (Lose 1 stone)
- Measurable – How do you measure your progress or success? (With scales)
- Attainable – Is your goal achievable? If not, you will soon give up.
- Realistic – Can you realistically reach this goal? If not, break it down to smaller chunks.
- Time Specific – When do you plan to successfully accomplish this goal? Someday?
It is more powerful to write your goal as if you have achieved it already as it helps you visualise it and store it in your subconscious mind.
Should you set new year’s resolutions? Yes, but write them down!
Now that you have a clear and measurable goal, WRITE IT DOWN. This simple step will greatly improve your chances of success. Once you write down your goal:
- It is no longer an unattainable wish, dream or fantasy.
- It becomes the critical first step in the concrete PLAN OF ACTION that is to follow.
- It will allow you to continue to focus and prevent distractions.
- It will allow you to see, chart and track your progress.
Use your written goal daily to visualize your successful accomplishment of the goal. Carry a copy in your pocket, post one on the refrigerator.
Keep one in your briefcase and on your desk. A handwritten copy works best as you can touch and FEEL it over a digital copy online.
Let’s work through a quick example.
Let’s say that you want to lose weight, don’t we all. But at this point, it’s just a vague generalization.
How about – “I want to lose one stone”. Better, but how about – “I want to lose one stone by March 1st and wear last year’s suit to my friend’s wedding”.
Even better, right? It’s very specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and has a time limit. It is also focused and written in a way that is motivating and what you WANT and why you want it.
Now try one for yourself. What do YOU want? Be specific and then WRITE IT DOWN!
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