Did you know that only eight percent of Americans are successful with their New Year’s Resolutions?
That seems crazy, doesn’t it? That means 92% of people who make resolutions don’t make good on them. Why does that happen?
For starters, the top New Year’s Resolutions involve life changes. Google “top five New Year’s Resolutions.” Each year, they include lose weight or quit smoking or exercise more or save more money or get organized. These are major life changes, which require planning and support. They don’t just happen magically overnight.
What can you do to make sure that you’re successful with your New Year’s Resolutions?
Choose one. Some folks create lengthy “do better” lists. “I want to start yoga, eat healthier, cut out sodas, be more organized, save more money, and stop being late to meetings.” That’s a lot to take on if you haven’t been doing any of those in the previous year. Focus on only one change.
Create a plan. What all will you need to do in order to be successful? If you’re going to start eating healthier, when will you learn what “healthier food” means? When will you do your meal plans? Who will do the grocery shopping? Who will cook? Do a brainstorm and figure out what steps need to happen.
Develop targets. When people say that they want to “get organized,” that’s great, but it’s such a broad term. What does that mean? What parts of your life do you want to get organized? Choose a measurable target so that you know how far or how close you are to achieving your goal. For example, you might set a target of removing one bag of donations per week or re-organizing one shelf or drawer of items per week. Choose something measurable. When our goals are too broad, we can’t measure them, and we, therefore, think we’re failing because we think we’re not making any progress when in actuality may have already done quite a bit.
Reflect with power. At the end of each day, give yourself credit for each positive thing you did – even if it’s something small like you saved $1.50 by ordering a smaller coffee. Once you’ve given yourself high fives for the good you’ve accomplished, then you can take a look at next steps you’ll take to move you closer to your goal.
Find an accountability partner. We’re more successful when we have a support system, so find a coach, an organization, a club, a friend…someone who you can report your progress to. When we have to check in with someone, we’ll be more likely to work toward our goals.
By taking a few moments to map out your plan, you can be successful with your New Year’s Resolutions!