5 Simple Strategies to Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions
Do you know that 80% of people fail to follow through and achieve their New Year Resolutions?
The key to successfully achieving your goals is not simply how hard you work or how strong your willpower is – although these are important components, you also need to structure your goals in a way such that you are setting yourself up for success, find the right motivation to carry you through the rough patches, and have the right kind of support system to cheer you along and pick you up when you fall off the wagon.
Here are 5 things you can do right away to set yourself up for success:
- Set S.M.A.R.T. goals – your goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. Instead of saying “my goal is to lose some weight”, you would want something like “my goal is to lose 5kg pounds in the next 3 months by eating healthy and exercising so I can feel good in my skinny jeans again.”
- Dig deep, ask yourself the bigger why – ask yourself why you want to achieve these goals, and don’t settle with the first answers that come to mind. Keep asking why you want to achieve a certain goal. The deeper you dig, the bigger the reason behind your desire, the more likely you will be motivated and stick with it.
- Take baby steps (eat the elephant one bite at a time!) – break your goals down into small, simple steps. Try to make just 3 realistic and reasonable changes in your life every week, practice and make sure they are fully integrated into your routine before picking up the next 3 steps. Before you know it, you would have made 36 changes in your life that will bring you toward your goals in just 3 months!
- Assume total responsibility – no more victim mentality. No more blame-game. You are responsible for creating your own reality. Identify the areas in your life that you are in control, and take action for yourself.
- Get the right support – surround yourself with people who support your goals and your dream, and cheer you along. Let them know how they can help you if you fall off the wagon. Joining a group program is a great way to surround yourself with an immediate community of like-minded people who are there to achieve similar results and support each other.
- Caro Doss