2018 is officially here and that means most of us have already set our New Year’s resolutions. For more than 40% of Americans that means creating a goal related to self improvement. Statistics show that on average only 8% of American will actually achieve their New Years goals. Here are 4 proven and effective ways to help you achieve your New Year’s Resolution.
- Set short term goals.
Instead of setting a long term goal of losing 30 pounds, set 3 short term goals to lose 10 pounds. This way every time you hit your goal, you create another short term goal. Reward yourself when you hit your short term goals and celebrate! It will keep you motivated and excited to reach your long term goal. Attainable, realistic, short term goals will be much more rewarding and will help you to stay on track and not give up.
- Small steps.
Research shows most people fail to accomplish their goals because they set unrealistic goals. If you have a goal like “I’m going to work out 6 days a week for an hour” try instead, “I am going to workout 3 days a week for 30 minutes”. If you have a goal like, “I’m going to give up junk food” try instead, “85% of my diet will not have any junk food.” If you have a goal like, “I’m going to quit drinking” try instead, I am going to limit myself to 2 drinks per week. The level of extremity should be based on the level you are at. The point is not to go from 0 to 100. Experts say small steps rather than big leaps create lasting change.
- Keep it simple.
Most people use the New Year as an opportunity to make a large bucket list or make extreme changes. That is very inspirational but experts say the average person has so many competing priorities that this type of approach is a setup for failure. Wanting to do too much can be so psychologically draining that you end up failing to launch in the first place so keep it simple. Think about what area of your life you wish to work on most whether it’s health, family, school or work,and set one or two goals that mean the most to you.
- Believe you can.
Research shows that simply setting a goal significantly raises your chances of achieving that goal but within weeks or months, people begin abandoning their resolutions as they hit bumps in the road along the way. Most people who fail to achieve their new years resolution blame it on lack of willpower but there is a significant amount of research that proves that willpower is adaptable. In one study led by a Stanford University, scientists proved that people “performed better or worse depending on their belief in the durability of willpower.” Ultimately, you have as much willpower as you think you have. Which means that if you believe you can and you don’t change your mind about it then you will!
Follow these 4 steps and you will definitely achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Best wishes and here’s hoping that 2018 will be a joyful one for the world, and a year where all of us get one step closer to the people we want to be.
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