Break from Tradition and Keep Your Resolutions
6 tips to help you successfully achieve your goals all year
A new year brings feelings of hope, inspiration, positivity, and change. We have grand images of becoming a newer, better version of ourselves. As a result, we make our annual resolutions based on things we want to achieve or negative habits that we want to quit. Unfortunately, most people break their resolutions before January is even over. We want to help you keep your eye on the prize and achieve your New Year resolutions, so we compiled a list of six things you can do to reach your goals this time around.
1. Be realistic! This one sounds so simple yet is often one of the biggest reasons for failure. You need to reflect and decide whether your ideas are feasible, and the time frames are realistic. Losing 50 pounds in a month or landing 300 new accounts in a week are likely not going to happen. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure before you even begin! Think about your life, your career, and your dreams then decide what you can do now to get you closer to them. Everything starts when you have a clear picture of what you’d like to attain.
2. Make Short and Long term goals. Once you have decided on what you want to achieve, you need to put together your action plan. Stop setting yearly goals! This annual undertaking is a self-defeating practice and is very overwhelming. Change comes in small increments and understanding that is the key to keeping on track. The more difficult the goal, the shorter the timeframe of measurement or the more slowly you integrate the change. One week, a month, three months, six months…whatever feels right to you. Small goals will also encourage you and keep you motivated because you will feel accomplished once you check them off your list. You will also be able to look back and see how far you have come. Snapshots of progress always create a great feeling and encourage you to keep going!
3. Share your resolutions with your support system. When you tell others about your resolutions, it helps keep you accountable. Not sure you want to share your goals with everyone, no problem! Have an accountability partner. Tell someone about your plans and ask them to check in with you and help you stay on track. Tough love is encouraged! If you are working toward the same type of goal, you could help each other stay motivated. The people that support you and your goals can be your greatest cheerleaders and fantastic assets on the road to change.
4. Perfection isn’t attainable. I don’t know anyone that is perfect and likely you don’t either. With everyone shoving their highlight reels in your face on social media all the time, if can be easy to feel like you don’t measure up. Goals should be for you and you alone. Look at why you want to achieve something; what does it mean to you? If it is meaningful to you, it will most likely stick. Everyone has slip-ups. It is normal! It is whether or not you get back at it that matters. If you persevere and have a real drive to reach your personal milestones, you will be successful.
5. Track your progress/goals. Make sure you set timelines and measurable goals. You need to know if you are on your way to meeting your targets or if you have to put in some more work to reach the finish line. If you can’t measure it, how will you know when you’ve completed the task? To track your progress, use a method that you are comfortable with, for example, a checklist, reminders on your calendar, a spreadsheet, or an App that you enjoy using. Knowing where you started and seeing how far you’ve come is a great motivator.
6. Remain Positive. Nothing sinks your motivation faster than a negative attitude! Don’t let setbacks derail you and your progress. Everyone makes progress at his or her own rate. Beating yourself up does nothing to help you. Take a deep breath, remember why you started and you will get there. The victory will be oh so sweet when you do!
These six tips will ensure that you are successful in keeping and achieving your New Year’s Resolutions. We wish you the best of luck and many victories in the year to come.
Feel free to leave a comment below about your resolutions and how you track them.