There’s something magical about the New Year. It’s like a breath of fresh air, so motivating. We have a mindset of starting over or starting new with goals coming out of our ears. It’s another chance to make it the best year ever.
What if we had that mindset on a daily basis? Even a weekly or a monthly basis?
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but according to a study done by Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people who set New Year’s resolutions successfully achieve their resolution each year.
So why even have a New Year’s resolution?
A lot of the reasons New Year’s resolutions aren’t always achieved is because they aren’t always thought through. Often times they are more general than not and don’t have any strategy behind them. In order to successfully achieve a goal, it should always have a plan behind it.
Whether your resolution is for personal, business, or both, there are ways to reach your goals.
Here are some ways that you can be part of that 8%:
I’m sure you heard of the SMART goals while you were in middle school, but here they are again.
SPECIFIC- What EXACTLY are you going to do?
MEASURABLE- How will you know if you’ve met your goal?
ATTAINABLE- What steps (short-term goals) are you going to take to reach your goal?
RELEVANT- Why is this important to you?
TIME- What is the time frame you have to complete your goal?
When setting your New Year’s resolution(s), make sure you don’t have too many. It’s easy to get carried away with things you want to accomplish, but try to keep it simple.
Now in order for us to reach our goals there needs to be some planning as to how it’s going to happen. What is the process of attaining it going to be?
New Year’s resolution goals are long term but in order to reach that goal you need to set the short-term goals that go with it. The SMART goals also should apply to your short term goals.
If your goal is to lose weight, you can’t set that goal and continue to sit on the couch every day watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy while eating pizza.
What are you going to do daily to reach your goal?
It’s easy to slack off when you aren’t accountable to someone. Tell someone about your goal and continue to tell them how you are doing. If they are committed to following up with you, it will help even more.
You could start a blog about how and what you are doing to reach your goals. That way you are accountable to your readers. You’d be surprised as to how many people have the same goal as you.
It takes 21 days to make a habit so be sure to be doing things to reach your goal consistently. I’ve created a chart to help you get on the right track to success!
In order to achieve your goal, your short term goals need to become habits and the only way to develop those is to be consistent. Mark the days you were able to consistently develop your habit in whatever way you choose.
Let this chart help you with the first 21 days of the year to start creating habits right!
Happy New Year!