It’s that time of year again, when we all make New Year’s resolutions. But will this year be any different than last? More likely than not, it won’t be. According to U.S. News, 80% of resolutions fail. So what does it take to be in the 20% that succeeds?
This year, it’s important to change your approach and remember that a resolution is just a goal with a different name. The New Year, especially a new decade gives us an opportunity to be our best selves. And all of this is achievable if you keep the following Near Year’s resolution hacks in mind.
Write Your Resolutions Down And Make A Plan
We all have lots of ideas in our heads, but putting pen to paper changes the game. It’s a visual representation of your goals and a way to track your progress. Don’t just write down the resolution itself, but list the actionable steps you need to take.
Need some guidance? Try a journal from Habit Nest. These are more than just a place to write and explore your plans, but rather Habit Nest gives you a specific program to follow. There are journals for a variety of goals including improving your fitness, creating a morning routine, and developing a consistent meditation practice.
Create One Habit A Month
Changing your life takes time. And having too many goals too soon is a surefire way to throw yourself off track. So, aim for creating one habit a month.
It’s also important to be both specific and realistic. For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, you probably need to get more exercise and improve your diet. In January, create the habit of going to the gym every day. Then in February, focus on your diet, such as eliminating sugar. These habits are far easier to develop if you don’t start both of them at the same time.
Schedule Your Resolutions Into Your Life
If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Time is the great equalizer. We all have 24 hours in a day. The difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t is what they do with their time.
So, put your resolutions on the calendar. Make time to move things forward every day. If you want to start a new business, for example, calendar in everything from buying a domain name to researching appropriate software. When you make time, you will make your goals.
Find Someone To Hold You Accountable
Accountability coaching has come into prominence in recent years. If you have a major resolution like writing a book or a major lifestyle overhaul, you may want to consider hiring one. There are many different types of accountability coaches and programs depending on what your needs are.
However, you don’t necessarily need to hire a professional. Any person who can hold you accountable will get the job done. Link up with a friend or even a colleague, so you both can hold each other accountable. Plan for daily or weekly updates. You can even send each other texts for small accomplishments (like meditating every morning) or larger ones (hitting that sales goal).
You can also consider doing this with a larger group of friends. This adds an extra layer of accountability. It doesn’t matter what goals everyone has, it only matters that the needle is moving and effort is being made.
If you’re not comfortable doing this with your friends, consider joining or creating a private Facebook group for accountability.
Yes, the reward is meeting your goal but sometimes you need to incentivize yourself along the way. It gives you extra motivation. For example, if your resolution is to exercise five days a week, treat yourself at the end of the first week (or month) with a massage at your local spa.
But, you don’t need to spend money to reward yourself. Little things like breaks, a piece of chocolate or perhaps a relaxing bath work too. It can be hard to keep your eye on the prize, so treating yourself for hitting benchmarks along the way can help keep you motivated and on the road to being in the 20% who follows through after January 2.