Are you one of those people that make New Year’s resolutions every year but never seem to get them done? Nothing works for you in succeeding; or you lose interest or think it’s hopeless after about 3 weeks or so?
Well, you’re not alone. Only 1 in 10 people actually follow through with their resolutions and succeed with the goals they’ve set.
That seems like a huge failure rate. Do that many people really make false commitments or give up before they’ve given a good attempt at things? You bet.
Why you ask?
The number one reason people don’t succeed at keeping their resolutions is because most people set goals that are too vague and too unrealistic. We often set simple goals that give a blanket statement. There’s no road map given on how you’re going to get to those goals. People don’t get to the nitty-gritty details of achieving goals. You have to be specific and to the point so you know exactly how and when you’re going to get there.
Goal Setting 101
Use the “SMART” principle to reach your goals.
Specific – be very specific on what it is you want to achieve. Use real numbers or sizes to give you crystal clear goals.
Measurable – calculate and benchmark your progress as you go so you know you’ve reached your goal. This helps keeps you motivated and on track. Record your path on how you’re getting there. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as:
How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – be sure to make goals that you can reach. Goals based on actions that you can take to reach them. Losing 50 lbs by Valentine’s Day isn’t very attainable, or realistic for that matter. Instead, look to something more reachable in your time frame. Then you won’t be setting yourself up for failure.
Realistic – Don’t make longer term goals into shorter term ones. You will be setting yourself up for a fall for sure. Stay in perspective with what you want in the time you’ve set. A realistic goal is one that you are able and willing to work toward.
Timed – Set yourself a deadline that works for you and stick with it. If you don’t put a deadline on your ambition to achieve these goals, then it lacks clarity, focus and especially urgency, and it gives you a great reason to procrastinate.
How To Write A Good Goal
When writing your goals out take into consideration all the factors that make up the SMART principle. Ask yourself questions that pertain to each part of the principle and write them down. Be a thorough as possible. The more thorough you are, the better chance you have of following through with them. Here’s an example:
Poorly written goal:
“I want to lose some weight.”
“I want to make more money this year.”
An Okay written goal:
“I want to weigh 150 lbs (20 lbs less than I am now) in 6 weeks.” “I want to make $20K more this by working harder.”
An amazing written goal:
“I will weigh 150 lbs in 6 weeks by improving my nutrition, getting more sleep, exercising 3-4 times a week at Chase Fitness and drinking water equivalent to half my body weight in ounces per day.”
“I will make $20K more this year by bringing in 25 new contracts with a job bid of not less than $800/contract and working 25 hours more each month.”
That’s how specific and detail oriented you must be in order to see and visualize your success.
6 Quick Tips To Help You Keep Your Resolutions
1. Pick just 1 thing or goal to change. Allow your mind to focus and exude all its energy on one good goal. Success becomes easier when the mind is not clouded.
2. Write it down. Written goals are proven to come to fruition better than ones that aren’t. Keep a copy of your goals with you at all times so you can look at them at points of weakness.
3. Take small steps everyday toward that change. If making a whole bunch of changes is too overwhelming for you, slow down and make little changes every week until all those little ones have become a whole big one.
4. Congratulate yourself. Celebrate your successes every time you reach a new milestone. If it’s weight loss you’re after, don’t celebrate with food. Instead pamper yourself with a spa day or some new earrings. Reward your progress!
5. Don’t punish yourself. Take any setbacks in stride. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but don’t give yourself permission either. If you derail a bit, well no big deal, we’re all human. Take a deep breath, refocus and get back on again.
6. Share your goals with friends and family. By speaking it out loud to others around you, you will gain support and accountability much more than trying to do it on your own. Perhaps seek the professional services of someone in that field; maybe a personal trainer or a financial adviser.
Well there you have it. Good luck and do your best. When all else fails…there’s always next year! Lol.