6 Tips to Ensure You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
Chances are that you are one of the many people who did not achieve their New Year’s resolutions last year. Research has shown that only 8% of people meet the goals that they set for themselves at the start of a new year.
The obvious question is: just what are these other 8% of people doing that sets them apart?
Fortunately there is no innate ability or secret technique to achieving what you set out to do. According to the experts, accomplishing goals comes down to following six simple tips that anyone can adhere to with some commitment and effort.
Set Clear Goals
By far the biggest mistake that people make when setting a goal is to not make the exact conditions clear. For example, deciding to get into shape is a great goal for anyone, but it does not heave any clear benchmarks for planning toward or checking your progress against. The first step to meeting your goals is to have them clearly defined and know how you plan to get there.
Measure Your Progress
Once you have a clear goal in mind, the next step is to keep track of your progress toward that goal. Making the effort to constantly measure how far along you are allows you to stay focused on the end goal and not get lost in the gulf between where you are now and where you want to be in the future.
Making a serious change to your life is never easy, quick or simple. There will be long periods where you do not feel that you are making any noticeable gains as you work toward achieving your resolutions. You need to have the patience to power through the inevitable downtimes to stay on track toward your long term goals.
Share With Supportive People
Having people to fall back on when the going gets tough is crucial to sticking to your goals. Not everyone you know will be supportive, so be sure to choose people who you think have similar goals and who will want to see you succeed.
Make a Schedule
Schedule your New Year’s resolutions just like you would anything else you absolutely need to do, such as dentist appointments and paying your taxes. You might not always want to do it, but if you treat it like something that you just plain need to do, then you will be sure to stick to your goals even when time is tight and you are distracted by other things in your life.
When You Fall, Get Back Up
Resiliency is the absolutely most essential ingredient to achieving worthwhile long-term goals. You will undoubtedly face a number of situations that are outside of your control and that threaten to knock you off course. At the end of the day there is no trick to simply getting up and getting back into the fight.