Goal Setting Tips to Achieve Those New Year’s Resolutions!
How are those new year’s resolutions going? You know the statistics – less than 10% of people stick to their resolutions throughout the year; and by the end of January it is believed that already one-third of people have broken their new year’s resolutions.
The good news is that if you have gone off-track with those resolutions you created back in early January, you can turn this around.
How, you might ask?
Well, for a start let’s look at some of the reasons new year’s resolutions fail – it is because they are too ambitious, too broad, and they are things which are important to others but not necessarily to ourselves. This then effects our belief and commitment to achieving them – and we will give up before we even really get started.
So, instead of setting resolutions, set some powerful goals that are aligned with what’s really important to you which will get you on the right track.
When setting goals I consider the What, the Why and the How:
I get clarity on What is really important to me for the year and also whether it is aligned with my life vision; this will enhance my commitment to achieving the goal as I’ll know it’s something I really want.
I determine Why I want this and I check in with my values to see if it’s aligned to what’s really important to me – this will again help with my commitment and give me much greater satisfaction once I achieve my goal.
I create specific actions so I am clear on How I am going to achieve my goal. Goals feel much more achievable when I’ve broken them down into achievable steps and “mini-goals” that are built into the process which will motivate me to keep going. When achieving these mini-goals along the way, I also ensure I take time to acknowledge achieving these milestones and celebrate these successes.
When goal setting I also follow these steps which I believe are crucial to achieving my goals:
I ensure I write my goals down to make them really real! And, I keep my goals located in a spot I will regularly see them as a prompt to ensure they are always on my radar.
I also tell others about my goals for the year, as this increases my commitment to them – and other people knowing about them can help keep me accountable!
Setting goals isn’t a hard and arduous task – it can be a great motivator, and if you put the effort in up front to make the goals meaningful to you, ensure they are specific and realistic so they are achievable (at a stretch), it can really set you up for success.
I know you can make the changes you want in your life this year; go and get setting some goals! You can do it!