In addition to the holiday hustle and bustle, the end of the year is also a time when many of us begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Although a lot of resolutions are made each year, a large percentage of them fail. In fact, according to time management company, Franklin Covey, fully one third of resolutions don’t even make it to February*.
Still, millions continue to set goals with hopes of a better year ahead. Whatever your goal may be: losing weight, getting organized, conquering a bad habit, etc., here are some tips to help keep you on the track to success.
Set the right resolutions & for the right reasons
It’s important to make resolutions that are important to you rather than what someone else or society thinks you should change. Think about what improvements really matter to you. These are the ones that are more likely to stick with you.
You might want to climb Everest someday but is that a realistic goal for 2022? Try not to go for something that’s too far afield or unrealistic. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it unattainable.
Vaguely saying, ‘I want to lose weight’ is probably not going to get you there. Try a more specific goal such as “I want to lose 5 pounds in the next two months.” Specific goals are much more effective.
Make time for your resolutions
With work & family obligations we all lead busy lives. But it’s important to schedule time for your resolutions too. This could mean getting up earlier to go to the gym or dedicating one Saturday a month to spend time with a family member or friend.
Establish a timeline
The timeline for reaching your goal should also be realistic. Give yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller goals along the way. Lots of smaller immediate wins will help you make gradual progress.
Document your progress
It will help you stay focused on your goal if you can see yourself making progress. Logging your progress into a journal, making notes on your phone, or using an app designed to help you keep track can help reinforce your progress and give you the incentive you need to keep going.
Use the buddy system
One of the mistakes people make when making resolutions is trying to go it alone. Having a buddy alongside you with similar goals can make a big difference in your success. You can also ask people you trust to help make you accountable. Encourage them to check in with you periodically for updates on your progress. Knowing that someone who cares about you might ask you how it’s going can be enough to make you feel obligated to stick to the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Don’t beat yourself up
It’s impossible to have a good attitude all the time and obsessing over the occasional slip up won’t help your progress. Do the best possible every day and take each day one at a time. When there’s a backslide, don’t dwell on it. Get back on schedule and keep moving forward with your plan.
Remember that those unhealthy or undesired habits that you’re trying to change probably took years to develop so you can’t expect to change them in a matter of weeks or months. Be patient with yourself and understand that this is a process. By sticking with it and working on your goal throughout the year, you can be one of the few able to say that you really did keep your New Year’s resolution!
Contact The Donnelly Group Today
Happy New Year from the Donnelly Group!