Approximately 45% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions this year. Are you one of them? Maybe you’ve made resolutions in the past. If so, did you stick to them? Personally, I make New Year’s resolutions every year and by February I’ve either forgotten most of them or have just, plain given up. This is not uncommon. According to statisticbrain.com, only 8% of people are successful at achieving their resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I want to be part of that 8%!
In order to get there I’m going to have to make some changes, and I’m guessing you are too. So I’ve put together a few ideas to help us keep our resolutions this year. 2017 is the year that the slackers will prevail!
1. Write down your goals.
Make a list. Make ten lists! With each goal, write down why you want to achieve that goal. People tend to do better when they write things down. It keeps things fresh in the memory. Put it in your computer, your phone, your tablet, your planner, on your fridge, on the mirror in your bathroom. When you are forced to encounter your list of goals over and over throughout the day, you won’t be able to forget why you’ve made those resolutions in the first place.
2. Make it a team effort.
Whatever your resolution/s may be, go at it with a partner, or better yet, an entire team! For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, recruit your spouse or your entire family. If everyone’s eating the same foods, there’s less risk of cheating.
If your goal is to start exercising, join a gym with a friend, find a running buddy, or join a fitness group that incorporates fitness, socialization and your kiddos, such as Stroller Strides with Fit4mom.
Do you want to start doing your part to help the environment? Set up a recycling bin at the office and get all your co-workers involved. Take the family out to pick up trash in your neighborhood or to plant a tree.
Of course none of this will work without some commitment on your part, but if you use your support systems, you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding.
3. Stay accountable.
Is your goal to quit a certain vice? Stop smoking, drinking or overspending with the help of someone who can keep you accountable. Someone who will grab a cigarette out of your hand and snap it in half, who will throw out all the alcohol in the house or hand you the scissors and watch as you cut up all your credit cards.
Surround yourself with people who care about your success. There is power in numbers and the more people you have on your team, the more likely you are to succeed.
4. Take baby steps.
Turn your big goals into small, easily attainable goals that lead to your end goal. Want to lose 30 lbs this year? Break it down to 1.5 - 2 lbs a week. Want to be more open to new experiences? Say yes to one new activity a month, then maybe work your way up to one a week. Before you know it you’ll be on sabbatical in South America with a kid on your back and sand in your shoes.
Every time you complete a mini goal you’ll get a boost confidence that will send you towards that next mini goal with more drive than the last.
5. Set deadlines.
Set deadlines for when each mini goal needs to be attained. Of course you’ll want to attain your main resolution by the end of the year, so space out your mini goals accordingly.
Interested in a new career? Start slow. Find out what you want to do in life and make sure it’s an actual thing, cuddling puppies is not a real job, and then set a deadline for when you want to have a resume completed and sent out.
Even if you’re a procrastinator (I’m totally a procrastinator), deadlines work! You may be scrambling to meet that goal the week, or even the day before your deadline, but if you really want it, you’ll hit it!
You have the power to succeed or fail, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little help. Now let’s go make our resolutions with confidence!
New Years Resolution Statistics. (2016, December 11). Retrieved December 30, 2016, from http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-reso