Ditch the Resolutions

Ditch the resolutions this New Year.

ditch the resolutions

As a proponent of change and growth, you might be surprised at this suggestion. Why am I giving you a free pass this year? Three simple reasons.

1. Resolutions have been a part of our culture for decades, but over and over research shows that New Year resolutions rarely work. Half of all Americans make resolutions but 88% are never met. In fact, 75% of resolutions are only kept a week.

2. When we don’t keep the agreements we make to ourselves, it erodes our self-trust and self-esteem.

3. Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Let’s lose the insanity!

I applaud that we want to improve our lives, but I want it to work for you, not against you. Here are 6 tips to help you implement the changes you want in the coming year.

1. Get Specific. Be clear about what you intend to achieve and your timeframe. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, commit to the exact number of pounds and a date by which you will lose it.

2. Take Small Steps. We sabotage ourselves when we take on too much and in too short a time. Instead, divide a larger goal into smaller goals. Using the weight loss example, if you intend to lose 30 pounds, pick a reasonable end date, such as June 30th, and break the goal down into three smaller goals: 10 pounds by February 28th, 10 pounds by April 30th; and the final 10 pounds by June 30th. Doing this will reduce overwhelm and the sabotage that comes from having one larger, aggressive goal.

3. Track Results. Whether you’re tracking on paper, a calendar, or electronically, continually seeing what you’ve already accomplished motivates you to continue. Remember to celebrate completion of your goal as well as interim goals or milestones along the way.

4. Add Visuals. It has been proven that visuals can help you achieve the results you want. Whether you have a picture that exemplifies your achievement, create a mini vision board that visually shows your accomplishment, or spend several minutes a day visualizing your end goal, visuals will enhance your success.

5. Tell Others. Keeping your goal a secret is a sure-fire way to limit your success. When you tell others what you intend to achieve, there’s an additional layer of social pressure to keep your agreements.

6. Get Support. Clarity, focus, outside accountability, and having a trained partner all help you move forward and overcome obstacles. The added incentive in this partnership is when you pay for something you’re much more likely to take it seriously.

By now I hope you’re ready to ditch the resolutions and welcome the new year with an entirely new strategy for success.

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