How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions…

Firstly, Happy new year (2017). Feels like just the other day we celebrated entering 2016 right?

Anyway, let’s get to the post. Many of us set New Year’s resolutions at the start of a new year. Or of course the few weeks leading up to it. I’m sure those who do set them will agree that by March they’ve likely failed at sticking to their resolutions. 6 months into the year, several of us have no idea what are goals originally were.

Nevertheless, there are many success stories, and I think it’s only right that some of the key ingredients to these success stories are shared.

Below I have outlined 5 key steps to successfully define and achieve your goals overs the next 12 months.

1. Set SMART goals..

  • SPECIFIC
  • MEASURABLE
  • ACHIEVABLE
  • REALISTIC
  • TIME BASED

As observed above, SMART is an acronym. Its an efficient model that successful business owners have implemented when setting objectives. It can definitely be applied when setting personal goals too.
Specific – what is it you want to achieve e.g. I want to climb the Eiffel Tower before the end of March or I want to lose 5kg within 12 weeks.
Measurable – it should be measurable e.g. I want to climb the Eiffel Tower once before my birthday or I want to lose 5kg within 2 months. The once and 5kg make these goals measurable.

Achievable – I desire to be a millionaire by the end of this year. Great we all do. What are you doing to make that happen however? If you’re not in a position to make that happen now, or you won’t be soon. Then again this will make your resolution quite difficult to reach. Nothing is beyond anyone but ensure you pick a resolution you can honestly, see yourself achieving.
Realistic – Your goal needs to be realistic. If you cannot swim, but then aspire to swim the English Channel in 6 months. The expectation is you’ll fail and maybe in dangerous circumstances to. Being capable to swim 20 metres or the length of your local swimming pool is much more attainable.
Time based – your objectives should always have a time associated to them. For example Within 3 months, by the 1st of April or before the conclusion of the year. This again makes them easier to measure and adds a sense of urgency to the goals.

2. Create accountability.

Don’t keep your resolutions a secret, share them. Share them with a close friend, a family member or a mentor if you have one. If you have no one then be bold and share with your friends online. People on social media are all too fast to tell you when you’ve not been successful at something. We’ve all read the quotes keep your plans private and so on. Truth is sometimes putting plans out there is a good thing, it can behave as a motivator and again create accountability. Use wisdom, however, don’t broadcast personal and private information that may make you vulnerable.

3. Visualise yourself reaching your goals

If you can’t visualise yourself succeeding in reaching your goal, then forget about it. Play the success story in your mind. I’m a little bit extra and begin fantasising myself winning swimming medals or saving lives. When in fact, my simpler resolution is 10 metres in the pool within 6 months.

4. Have daily reminders

Your laptop, your phone, your bedroom ceiling, an alarm, your place of work, or your fridge. Whatever you interact with on a daily basis, you can use that as a tool to constantly remind you. It’s our innate nature to forget things so do yourself a favour and remind yourself on a regular basis.

5. Don’t be too tough on yourself, have fun with your resolutions.

If you don’t achieve your resolutions, it’s not the end of the world. Completing or not completing them does not define you. So try and have fun with how you complete them. Maybe do it with a friend, reward yourself for every stride you make towards achieving them. I’ll be putting a £1 in a jar for every swimming, boxing and gym session I attend. When it’s all said and done, I’ll buy myself something nice.
Really hope these tips help. Feel free to interact and let me know what some of your resolutions are.
Have a blessed 2017.

 

How to successfully achieve your New Years resolutions.
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