How to Be in the 8% of People Who Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions

New Years

Happy 2018! New Year’s resolutions, like many topics these days can be pretty divisive – you either love them or hate them. According to data from the University of Scranton, 92% of people who set New Year’s resolutions fail to achieve them. Needless to say, this statistic does not provide much hope for future success – or does it? Maybe a better question to ask is what did the 8% of people who achieved their goal do to be successful?

Clarity

When you set a goal, how clear are you with regard to the details? Most people set a goal by saying something along the lines of “I want to lose weight” or “I want to save more money.” While identifying what you would like to accomplish in a general sense is a good start (many people struggle to name and claim what they want) – it is insufficient to achieving your goal(s). Being too vague is one of the top reasons why people fail. What if you said, I want to save $2,000 more this year – is that clear? Of course, setting a goal of saving $2,000 by August 31st is more specific. Identifying what you would like to do, is only part of the equation.

Your powerful why

While setting a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant & time-oriented) goal is certainly part of successfully achieving goals, many people jump to identifying WHAT they want to accomplish without first getting abundantly clear about WHY they want to accomplish their goal.  There is a science to goal setting. Recent research supports getting clear about the meaning and purpose of your goal for your life. This clarity will serve as a foundation for your goal. In the saving more money example, connecting wanting to save more money with why it is important to you is a critical and often overlooked first step.

Regardless of your specific goal, questions you should ask yourself:

  • Why is this important to me?
  • Why now?
  • How do I imagine my life will be different?
  • How will achieving this goal benefit me/my loved ones?

You might be thinking, these questions are ridiculous; I don’t have time to do that! If so, try it out and see if this exercise helps you. Only you will know whether or not this step is important for you.  The alternative is to do more of the same and possibly achieve results similar to what you’ve achieved in the past. The key will be to find a way to keep your powerful why present in the forefront of your mind. Some people use screensavers, sticky notes, images on their phone, etc. to remind themselves daily of why what they set out to accomplish is important to them.

Set a timeframe

You may be familiar with the concept of reverse engineering. It is a process whereby you identify a longer-term goal and work backwards to accomplish it.

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail.

– Benjamin Franklin

It is important to create a detailed plan clearly identifying when will you accomplish your goal in combination with what specific actions you will take on a monthly, weekly & daily basis that will enable you to make progress toward achieving your goal.

Hint: Many people overlook the daily habits necessary to achieve their goals.

Saving more money is a top priority for many people. Most people don’t take the time to develop clear strategies to help them achieve their goal. When we give something up it is often important to have a replacement. If you’re giving up drinks with friends after work, what low cost or no cost alternative will you implement to meet your need for socialization?

Get Support

Publicly declaring your goal(s) and connecting to a support person who can be an accountability partner is a wonderful way to stay on track with achieving your goal(s).

The 8% of people who successfully achieved their New Year’s resolutions did so by moving forward with absolute clarity, conviction and an unwavering commitment to overcoming obstacles and accomplishing their goal(s).

Ask yourself – Are you interested in achieving your goal or are you committed to achieving your goal?

If so, your plan should include clear and specific steps carried out on a daily, weekly and monthly basis based on your powerful why.  Only you can decide to be part of the 8% who accomplishes their New Year’s resolutions.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy a very prosperous 2018!


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Gavin Newsom
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gavin Newsom
boots
The Story of How Tecovas Became A Big Name In Boots
Oscar Wilde
20 Oscar Wilde Quotes That Apply to Business
Jim Kenney
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
Chase
How to Prequalify For Chase Credit Cards
Tax
What OASDI Tax is and Why It Matters
healthcare stocks
Is Guardant Health Stock a Solid Long Term Investment?
Cannabis Stock
Is Acreage Holdings Stock A Solid Long Term Investment?
Civil Rights Tours and Landmarks
The 20 Best Things to do in Birmingham for First Timers
Mount Rushmore
The 20 Best Things to do in South Dakota for First Timers
Szimpla Kert
The 20 Best Things To Do in Budapest for First-Timers
The Dali Museum
20 Things to do in Clearwater, FL For First Timers
2021 Genesis GV80
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2021 Genesis GV80
2021 Hyundai Elantra 2
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2021 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Audi Q5 Hybrid
The 10 Most Efficient Small Hybrid SUVs
2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Work Van
10 Things You Didn’t Know About The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Work Van
Phoibos Ocean Master PY005B 1000M Automatic Diver Watch
The 10 Best Phoibos Watches Money Can Buy
Raven Solitude LE
The 10 Best Raven Watches of All-Time
Morphic M3
The 10 Best Morphic Watches Money Can Buy
Heritor Marcus
The 10 Best Heritor Watches of All-Time
Tati Westbrook
How Tati Westbrook Achieved A Net Worth Of $6 Million
Gwyneth Paltrow
How Gwyneth Paltrow Achieved a Net Worth of $100 Million
How Deion Sanders Achieved a Net Worth of $40 Million
Jeremy Clarkson
How Jeremy Clarkson Achieved a Net Worth of $60 Million