The holiday season is among us, and the New Year is just around the corner. You’re probably one of many planning to start a new chapter in the year 2022. Unfortunately, of the millions of people who optimistically set resolutions each year, 80% fail by February, and only 8% successfully stick to their resolutions year round.
Despite the dramatic statistics, it is possible to stick to your goals this New Year’s. If you are wondering how you can be one of the few to achieve resolution victory, check out the 5 tips below!
- Understand Your Why
Put deep thought into what matters to you the most, and write down what improvements you are serious about making. This will make your resolution significant and help you understand the reason behind your goal setting. When you are met with obstacles down the road, you can reference your why for incentive to keep moving forward.
2. Set Attainable & Realistic Goals
Use the SMART goal method. This method helps create a solid foundation for the resolution you are aiming to achieve. When you create a goal, be Specific, make it Measurable, aim to Achieve, go for Relevance, and ensure it is Timely.
3. Seek Support
Having a support system will hold you accountable and motivate you to push through the ups and downs. Reach out to a friend and coordinate buddy workouts for extra inspiration. Ask your friends and family to support you by inquiring about your progress. Hire a coach or a trainer that will lead you down a successful road. Sign up and pre-pay for classes to hold yourself accountable. Download an app and track your progress for additional encouragement.
4. Aim for Sustainability
No matter the goal, it is always best to start small and make gradual changes over time. When you try to adopt drastic changes, it adds unnecessary pressure to your life. Starting small will be less stressful and will allow you to create healthy habits over time. This technique will produce major outcomes in the long run.
5. Start Now
Now is the time to stop postponing your goals and start taking action. You don’t need to wait until New Years. Put a plan in place and make little changes right now. Find a way, not an excuse. Decide what you want to work towards, write it down, and tell someone about it.
Sticking to your goals doesn’t have to feel hopeless. This New Year’s, get real with your why, set SMART goals, build a support system, take small steps to gain sustainability, and start now. Have an open mind, and even if you fall of course, keep trying. Find joy within the journey, and enjoy the ride along the way!
-Danielle Lasky Zero Doubt Club