New Year Resolutions tend to lose steam rather quickly after the ball drops. In fact, less than 20% of those who commit to a New Year Resolution succeed in seeing it through. After the excitement and anticipation of the New Year fades, its easy to get comfortable and fall back on old habits no matter how good your intentions are. After all, change is hard and often we set our selves up for failure before we even begin simply by setting the wrong goals for ourselves.
Perhaps this year you set such a goal. A goal that is too lofty, too generic, or just too much work. Or perhaps your resolution falls flat because of something more specific. For example:
You don’t have an action plan. If you don’t know how you’re going to make your resolution happen, chances are that it won’t. To increase your odds of achievement, make sure you have a plan in place. This plan should include the length of time in which you want to achieve your goal, what steps you need to take to get there, and should be as specific as possible.
Your friends recommended it. Although your friends probably have good intentions, choosing a goal that your friends pick for you is often doomed for failure. Often when your friends point out something you should change, you approach that change as something you are suppose to do and not something you necessarily want to do. To be successful in achieving your New Year resolution, it really needs to be something you want to do or else you won’t do it for very long.
You lose track of why you set the goal in the first place. It doesn’t take long to forget why we set a goal; especially if we give ourselves an entire year to achieve it! Instead of looking at New Year Resolutions as something we have 365 days to complete, consider setting shorter goals that can be completed throughout the year. This will increase your odds of success because it creates a sense of urgency and makes the goal apart of your daily life. The more actively engaged you are in your resolution, the more likely you are to remember why its important to you to complete it.
You have no accountability. You don’t have to have an accountability partner to achieve your goals; however, having someone cheering you on can make success more likely. Not only can they encourage you when you want to give up, but they can help you remember why your goal is important when it may not seem so at the time.
You aren’t challenged enough. There is a fine line between a realistic goal and an unbelievable one. Although your New Year’s Resolution should be one that you can achieve, it should still be somewhat challenging to accomplish. If you go to easy on yourself because you are afraid to fail, it is likely that you will give up out of boredom anyway. Instead, choose something that causes you to give just a little extra of yourself in order to achieve it. Don’t be afraid to push yourself!
The start of a new year is a great time to set and reassess your goals. Make sure that they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely so that you can see them through.
Did you set any New Year resolutions this year? Share it with us in the comments.