The start of each New Year conjures up thoughts of a blank slate, a fresh start, new goals and the motivation to make the most of these next 12 months. But according to Forbes, just 8 percent of people actually reach their New Year’s resolutions. By no means am I a perfect example but I do believe the wise words of Benjamin Franklin still ring true, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Whether personal or professional, here are 5 tips to conquer your resolutions and make 2015 a year of success:
- Be Specific- Losing 50lbs is a great goal. But breaking it down into how and when will make it more achievable. Here’s an example: Lose 50lbs by cutting out sugar and carbs and working out 5 times a week and do this by July which means losing 8.3lbs a month. Having smaller specific benchmarks each month will keep you motivated and on track.
- Keep It Short & Simple- Sure it’s easy to sit down and write out 30 things you’d like to change about your business (or yourself for that matter)- but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Most people make the most of trying to achieve too much. Set just ONE goal- the most important one to you. A study by the Journal of Consumer Research found that writing out a detailed plan worked well for participants when they focused on a single goal. When they focused on multiple competing goals, the detailed plan was less effective.
- Have an Accountability Partner- Try finding a friend or colleague who has a similar resolution to hold you accountable. The late author Stephen Covey once said, “Accountability breeds response-ability.” Having a buddy to encourage you is what will keep you going when the going gets tough.
- Do It for the Right Reasons- Are you doing this because someone told you that you should or you know you should or is it truly important to you? “There’s an important distinction to be drawn between goals that we feel that we should accomplish and those we believe we truly want to accomplish. Rarely do we attain goals unless we truly embrace the goal,” says Jeff Janata, chief of psychology at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Remember There Will Be Bumps in the Road- You’re human. When you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up but get back in the saddle the next day. Missing one day of your goal does not make you a failure- but giving up all together does. If it was easy, nobody would bother making goals. Goals make you reach, push yourself and all in all make you a better person.
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From all of us at Ellos Global we wish you a Happy New Year filled with much success!