Without question setting New Year’s resolutions is something that most people do come January 1st each and every year. But did you know that only 2 weeks later, January 15th most people have already completely given up on their New Year’s resolutions and are content with going about the year in the same ol fashion that they did the year before.
For the last 10+ years I have been making and sticking to goals or resolutions if you will and have come up with a way to not only ensure that you hit your New Year’s resolutions but to ensure you hit ANY goal that you set for yourself.
Here are 5 things you MUST do in order to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions
1. Set clear and specific goals with deadlines
Most people want to lose weight after the holidays so its a popular resolution to make come January 1st. Saying that you want to lose weight is simply just not enough though. You need to be specific on how much weight you want to lose and by when. “I want to lose 10 pounds by April 1st and a total of 30 pounds by Dec 31st 2017” is 10X more powerful than saying, “ I want to lose weight in 2017.” See the difference? The first phase is not only specific but it has a deadline, in fact 2 deadlines. By setting deadlines you not only give yourself a timeframe on when you want to achieve this goal, but by having multiple deadlines not just ‘sometime in the new year’ you will also bring your subconscious mind into play. This is the powerful for many reasons, mainly you tell yourself that you have a much shorter time frame to work with and by breaking down your goal into more measurable and manageable chunks you are much more likely to achieve it.
2. Write them down and post them everywhere
By writing down your New Year’s resolutions you are 42% more likely to hit them . Here is what separates the amateurs from the pros. When you take the time to write down your goals you mean serious business. Just saying your goals is one thing, but taking the time to write them out, you physically see them on paper. It helps you believe that it’s possible and that your goals are real.
The next step to writing them out is to post them every where you can. The first and best place to post them is where you will see them first thing in the morning, for me thats my bedroom wall on my side of the bed. I have my 2017 personal and business goals right there staring me in the face every single day when I get up. Its the first thing I see in the morning and last thing I see at night. My goals are one of the most important aspects of my life, so that is why I want them to be reminding me of what they are non stop.
In the past I have even put my goals on the bathroom mirror, I used to have them taped inside my car, basically anywhere I was going to spend a good amount of time I had my goals in plain view. Taping them onto the corner of my laptop is one of my all time favorite places, since it’s open pretty much all day long.
3. Post and declare them publicly.
This can be a daunting task for a lot of people. Thinking and writing down goals in the comfort of your own home is one thing. Coming out and publicly declaring them so the world can see them is a whole new ball game. By doing this you gain one of the most important things you can when it comes to accomplishing your goals, accountability. Sharing your goals with as many people as possible lets others know what you are going after in the new year. Now your goals become ultra real and that creates some positive pressure on yourself to hit them. If you don’t like the idea of any pressure on yourself then its exactly what you need. Pressure forces you to act, action creates productivity and that will get you closer to hitting your goals. Diamonds cannot be created without a ton of pressure. Be like a diamond, use pressure to create something magical.
Share your goals anyway you can, Facebook, Twitter, email them out to family or friends. Post and comment them below so I can see your goals! The more people you share your goals with the more likely you are to stick to them and hit them.
4. Check in Monthly
This really could be weekly as well, but let’s be honest. Not too much measurable actions happen on a week to week basis. To get a real measure of your progress you need to be checking in monthly. I do an profit/loss statement for my business monthly without fail. I also do monthly goal reports in order to keep myself in check in regards to the bigger picture. When you don’t check in with your goals on a regular basis what happens is you forget about them and they get put off and not completed. If you check in too infrequently, say every 6 months well then too much time as passed and you are either going to be too discouraged to complete the goal or the goal may no longer be even possible as there is not enough time left to complete it.
5. Take ACTION today!
Why do most people not hit their goals? No action is taken to start with. People tend to overcomplicate most situations in life. The biggest goals in life are all done with the smallest actions in the beginning. How to you earn a million dollars in a year, well start by earning one dollar, then two, then three and so forth. Its obviously more complex than one, two, three, but the important thing is that action is taken. For hitting my financial goal for the year which is a large goal but I have broken it down to measurable action steps that I can take each and every day. This way I don’t get overwhelmed and can take action every day and feel great about it.
Take some sort of action today, it doesn’t matter what it is, just do something TODAY that will bring you closer towards the main goal you have this year. You will thank yourself for it come December 31st when you are looking back at this year and all that you accomplished.