According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, less than 50% of people even maintain their resolution past six months. We want to help you beat the odds in 2017, so here are a few tips to help you!
1. Write it down & keep it around
Your goals should be in writing, and placed where you will see it each day, reminding you of your goal. Even further, make sure that you write down something POSITIVE. A goal is a place you’re going – something you’re working to achieve and it’s a good thing!
2. Make S.M.A.R.T. resolutions
S.M.A.R.T. is a classic system used for setting goals, and is probably one you’ve heard of before.
- Specific: If your goal is vague, “I want to lose weight”, you haven’t really set a goal. How much do you want to lose? Do you want to lose on the scale, or a percentage of fat? Be specific.
- Measurable: It’s important that you set your goal that can be measured. If we continue with the weight loss example –decide to lose 40 pounds of overall body weight.
- Attainable: Your goals need to be possible. It’s not realistic to lose 40 pounds in a month. Set real, healthy and safe goals that are realistic and manageable. They don’t have to be easy, but they shouldn’t be impossible.
- Relevant: Think what you want for yourself and your future, and why you want it. This will help you set goals you care about, and the more you care, the more likely you are to keep trying.
- Time-Bound: You need a deadline. If your New Year’s resolution is to lose 40 pounds in a year, then you know your deadline is December 31st of 2017. Make sure you set multiple checkup deadlines, like 10 pounds every 3 months.
3. Don’t stop, even if you fail
Slip ups are normal and they WILL happen. If you become discouraged the moment something goes wrong, you’re never going to succeed. Don’t have an “all or nothing” mentality either; just because you had one glass of wine doesn’t mean you should drink the whole bottle. Accept that you will slip up, and that things will not go your way 100% of the time.
4. Hold yourself accountable
Share your goals with your family, friends, and co-workers. Post your progress on social media, take photos when you meet a deadline and keep the fact that you’re working toward something in the forefront of your mind. Get a buddy, and hold each other accountable and motivate one another.
5. Take it seriously & schedule it in
It’s too easy to say “I don’t have time to do this today”. Schedule time for the things you will need to do to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Keep a calendar on your phone, set up reminders, and go through the motions to schedule in the things you need just like any other important events you have.
Author: Amber Steward