Well, its 2012, the new year has begun and you know what that means: It’s time to jump-start those resolutions. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, save/make more money or my favorites, get organized and give back.
Most statistics state that more than 90% of resolutions made will be broken. It is also found that people that set goals and had a structured plan were able to succeed. While it may not be easy or instant, here are some helpful steps to make it easier to stick with a plan and reach your goal:
Describe what you want to accomplish in detail and write it down. I have done this for many years and it does help keep me focused. The simple act of writing your goals down greatly improves your chances of accomplishing them. Also, let your family and friends know your goals. They can help support you during rough times.
Set goals you are capable of achieving. Instead of setting ten New Year’s resolutions, you may want to limit it to a few that are attainable. My goals are listed in the image above and as you can see I am keeping it to seven this year.
Understand that it may take energy, sacrifice, and plain old hard work to obtain your goal. I recommend breaking up a larger goals into smaller tasks. As you accomplish smaller tasks you will find you are more motivated to move onto the next.
Establish a timeline and set completion dates for your goals and tasks. This should also be written down and scheduled to keep you focused. Scheduling tasks is key to my success. For example, I schedule time for exercise to ensure I meet my weekly goal of five days a week. Traditional daily planners, calendars, and journals or digital devices such as smart phones are great tools for keeping schedules organized and help maximize your time. Use the system that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Give yourself a small reward after accomplishing a goal. My reward is shopping, but for others it is a nice glass of wine or a movie. Celebrating your accomplishment is an important step. You’ve worked hard and deserve it! Celebrating your success will keep you motivated and will help you keep those New Year resolutions.
Here’s to a happy, healthy 2012!