2018 is fast approaching, and it’s time to consider things we want to change our lives in the coming year. For many of us, these aspirations are in the form of New Year’s resolutions. But keeping these decisions often seems impossible.
A recent survey revealed that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. There are many sanities people can’t stick to their decisions, from setting too many of them to getting hindered by small failures.
Here are Five Tips to make New Year’s Resolutions Successful:
1. Define the goals!
The problem with most people is that you do not set the right goals. To increase your chances of success, set smart goals:
- Goals need to be specific results. Otherwise, it’s easy to find excuses or change when circumstances change.
- You need to have a way to measure results. So you can measure your progress and keep you motivated.
- Goals should be realistic and achievable. Otherwise, you lose focus, and you’ll end up leaving.
- Good objectives are relevant. If a target is irrelevant, actually there is no motivation to continue fulfilling it.
- The objectives should be limited in time. A goal has to have a defined end date. In the case of a New Year’s resolution, it may be mid-year or end of the year.
2. Establish checkpoints!
One thing is to set a goal that says something like: “I want to lose 12 kilos before 31 December 2018.” And another thing to say: “I want to lose a kilo a month, every month of the year.” The latter resolution is much more motivating and affordable. A kilo per month does not seem, difficult.
3. Keep a calendar with reminders!
If you’re a visual person, you must have a calendar with reminders on it. Find a schedule that you like, hang it on your wall and place small notes and progress reports on it. That will allow you to move forward and see what needs to be done during any week or month to help you achieve your goals for the year.
4. Be flexible!
The common problem is that people think that their purposes are “all or nothing.” The difference between doing something rather than nothing is enormous, If you do not have time to exercise at the gym, 20 minutes is better than nothing. If you have a minor injury or a cold, decide just walk a couple of kilometers. If you have a financial emergency and can not save 10% of your salary, keep what you can. The bottom line is, any effort toward your goal is better than no effort.
5. Having an accountability partner!
The last tip is to have an accountability partner. When someone is aware of your goals and resolutions, it is much more likely to stick to them. Connect with someone you trust and ask him to control you. Get your New Year ‘s resolutions, especially one that is mentally and physically demanding another may seem impossible. However, with this planning we have seen, it is possible, rewarding and fun.
So. What are your resolutions for 2018? Who knows? This could be the year in which you achieve each goal you have set for yourself.
Follow these tips, and you can be sure that you reach your purposes in 2018.