In this short article you’ll discover four simple and practical tips to help you achieve your goals this new year, or for that matter, any time of the year.
Did you know, statistics show that ONLY 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals?
If that’s the case, are the rest of us just S.O.L. then?
When looking at why some people succeed at goal setting and so many others fail miserably, there is simple science behind how we can keep our resolutions for the new year.
4 practical tips to help you achieve your goals this year
1. Keep it simple
I’m sure we’ve all heard that one before and probably because the saying couldn’t be more true.
Studies show that avoiding large, overwhelming goals and sticking to small, attainable ones yields higher success rates.
According to psychologist Lynn Bufka – “It is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”
So, instead of taking on an entire diet revamp this year, try implementing one small and meaningful diet change (like replacing one low-quality meal a day with a nutrient-rich smoothie).
2. Make it clear and real
It’s much easier to follow through with a plan that says – “replace your breakfast with one healthy smoothie a day for 14-days” – than a plan that says – “lose some weight this year”.
You need to be specific.
Another example: don’t just say – “I’m going to start exercising.”
Instead, a specific goal would be – “I’m going to attend yoga classes every Tuesday and/or Thursday.”
Vague goals lead to vague resolutions, so set goals you can measure and/or put a check mark beside.
3. Share your goals
A while back I read a great book by Richard Wiseman titled ’59 seconds – change your life in under a minute’.
He dives deep into the research on key techniques to achieving your goals. This technique stood out to me…
Although keeping your promises to yourself helps ease the fear of failure, it also makes it too easy to avoid changing your life and to stray back to old habits.
Solution: Make your goals known to as many people as possible.
The greater the public declaration of your goals, the more motivated you’ll be to achieve them.
In addition, telling friends and family about your aims is an effective approach to achievement since these people often provide needed support when $#!% hits the fan.
Use social media to your advantage and share your current or next goal (Facebook groups focused on support and community are great for this) – it may just be the motivation you need.
4. Remember your why
Studies show that those who end up making and maintaining permanent lifestyle changes frequently remind themselves of the benefits associated with achieving their goals.
All it takes is having a checklist of how life would be better once you achieve your goal.
When it comes to weight loss – focus on how good you will look and feel when you drop a pant size instead of putting attention on how not losing weight will mean continued unhappiness about your appearance.