Every year millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions. According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Psychology, 45% of Americans engage in resolution making. That’s just a little under half the of the US population. And of those people, statistics show that only 8% are successful. Pretty pitiful!
According to the dictionary, a resolution (for our New Year’s context) is a firm decision to do or not to do something; eat better, lose weight, get healthier, spend more time with our families etc. While they are similar to goals, they are rarely achieved for many reasons: they are vague, untracked and tend to lack action steps and accountability.
How about you? How good are you at following through with your intentions? What is your resolution success rate? If you really want to make a change or achieve a goal, here 5 tips to help you be successful.
- WRITE IT DOWN: Decide what you want to achieve and write it down. Statistics show that goals that are written down are far more likely to be achieved.
- SPECIFIC & MEASURABLE: Instead of writing down, “I’m going to start running in 2014”, write: “I commit to running at least 2 times a week and I will build up my distance from 2 miles per run to 4 miles per run.” This makes it easy for you to track your achievement and be more accountable.
- POST IT: Once you have written a goal, post it where you will see and read it on a regular basis. The more you keep it in the front of you mind, the more likely you are to follow through.
- TELL SOMEONE: choose a friend or colleague to be your “accountability partner.” Ask that person to check in on your progress; weekly, monthly or quarterly …whatever makes sense for you. This will help you stay motivated and on track.
- REWARD SUCCESS: Create milestone markers in your plan, and reward yourself as you achieve them. It doesn’t have to be a big expense … just a fun indulgence to keep you motivated. Dark chocolate, pedicures and massages are a few of my favorites.
I hope this is helpful. Keep in mind, another option that can propel your success is hiring a coach. Goldin Leadership Group has coaches that can assist in both professional and personal growth. Call us today for a free consultation at 949-387-3436 to see if you might be a good candidate for coaching.