Year after year many of us set goals in January with full intention of seeing some sort of positive result down the road. But did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their new year’s resolutions? We want you to be one of those people, so here are 6 things you can to do end the year on top.
1. Have a Plan A, but not a Plan B.
Achieving any goal requires a plan of attack. A good plan will include a collection of daily activities that will navigate you to success over time. Whatever it looks like, and no matter how many times it has to be iterated, the end result should always remain the same - your “Plan A”. Having a “Plan B” will give you reason to slack off, but mentally accept the reduced effort. You set out to attain a specific goal for a reason, so don’t compromise that by giving yourself a way out.
2. Break your big picture goal into smaller, more manageable goals.
If your goal seems too big, break it down into more manageable pieces and chip away slowly. Reaching even the smallest milestone will give you momentum to keep going, so enjoy the ride and celebrate all the little victories.
3. Tackle the hardest things first.
They say that you’re supposed to move your “big rocks” before your “little rocks”; this is the same thing. If an action step towards reaching your goal is something you dread, get it done early in the day when your willpower is at its height. It will keep you from making excuses later in the day.
4. Write your goals down and revisit them daily.
Write down your goals and be extremely specific. If you want to lose weight, write down how you’re going to do it. Are you going to eat smaller portions? What constitutes a “smaller portion”? The more specific you can be, and the more you remind yourself of what you’ve set out to do, the more likely you are to be successful.
5. Track your own progress
Measuring your goals allows you to keep track of where you are and where you’re going. If you don’t know how to start, there’s literally an app for that. Apps like coach.me, Way of Life and Productive were all developed to help you quickly and easily measure your efforts. They will also give you a big picture view of your journey, so you can adjust as needed.
6. Ask yourself why you’ve set out to achieve the goal
Have you ever asked yourself why you want to achieve a specific goal? Questioning your motives will help you get beyond the surface and find deeper intentions (if of course, deeper intentions exist). You’ll either give yourself a boost of motivation, or realize you’re just not that into it. It's a win either way!
Regardless of what you’ve committed to achieve in 2017, we encourage you to keep these 6 suggestions in front of you. So bookmark this page, or copy and paste the text above into your notes. When you’re in a slump, remember to revisit this article to reset your mind, body and soul.