As 2017 draws to a close, 2018 is right around the corner and so are new years resolutions. What were your resolutions for 2017? Did you keep them?
According to Forbes, only eight percent of people achieve their new year’s resolution. That means over 90% fail and most of the time within three weeks of the new year. So what can you do to keep your 2018 new year resolutions?
1) Limit Your Goal(s) to 1-3
Setting too many goals at one time reduces your chances of completing any of them, so choose 1-3 resolutions this new year that focus on what matters most to you.
2) Get Specific
Be clear about what you want to accomplish. If eating a consistently healthy diet is your resolution, then define what healthy means to you. If it is following through on your agreement, decide what specific agreements you are agreeing to! Write down what is ideal and measurable.
3) Know Your “WHY”
What is the purpose for your goal and why is it important to you? Is it to feel more energized? Feel more confident or land that new promotion? Discover what connects you to your goal and provides internal motivation just by thinking about it.
4) Break it Down
Break your goal(s) down into bite-size pieces and set smaller goals for each month, week, and day. This will make them seem more achievable and will energize you as you mark them off your list!
5) Set a Goal Date
Set a date for when you would like to achieve your goal before the end of the year. Then work backwards by setting smaller goals. Mark these dates on your calendar.
6) Find an Accountability Partner
Choose a friend or family member to hold you accountable. Set a time you will check in with them weekly or daily by text, phone call, or e-mail. Remind them to contact you if they don’t hear from you on the agreed upon times.
7) Keep it Visible
Print them out and stick it somewhere you see it every day.
8) Track Your Progress
Tracking progress helps us see that we are making progress. Create a graph, use a journal or app and chart your way to success.
9) Reward Yourself
Reward yourself for both the big and small accomplishments to further motivate you toward your goal. It could be a new book, setting aside a fishing get-away, camping, taking a nap, or taking the afternoon off work.
10) Find Joy in How Far You Have Come
Got off track on your goals? That’s OK! Take a moment to celebrate how far you have come and pick right back up where you left off! There’s no valid reason you have to wait until the next Monday, next month or even next year to get back on track!
We would love to hear your new year’s resolutions and other strategies that you use to keep them. Please share in the comments below!