By definition, a resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit.
Resolutions are often linked to a lifestyle change that is interpreted as beneficial. These commitments tend to go into effect on new year’s day and remain until fulfilled, or abandoned.
Some of the most popular ones include:
However, recent studies show that only 12% of people who set new year’s resolutions actually go on to achieve their goals.
- How come, year after year, millions of people all over the world swear over and over again they will stick to their resolutions, only to give them up, as most people do, a few weeks later?
- How can people abandon such important and beneficial goals they have set for themselves, so easily and quickly?
The answer is simple. The haven’t mastered the art of setting well formed outcomes.
Most people don’t know how to set goals. They like to daydream about what their lives would be like if things were different, they like to think about and talk to other people about ideas, things they would like to do, things they should do…
These are not goals. They are just thoughts. In order for you to achieve your goals, you need to take consistent and focused action. And unless you follow the steps I am going to reveal now, you may find it extremely hard.
If you are serious about sticking to your resolutions this year, make sure you follow these goal setting strategies:
1/ A well formed outcome needs to reflect your values. Your values are your beliefs about what is most important to you in life. These provide inspiration, govern your levels of motivation, and guide every decision you make. They are the standards you live by.
If, for example, health and fitness is one of your values, then this will be imprinted in everything you do. You will behave in a way as to ensure you are healthy and fit, as you will not accept your life any other way.
When you set goals that reflect these, you’ll want to start taking action right now, never mind waiting until the new year!
2/ If your goals are long term, it is useful to break them down into smaller more attainable mini objectives, so you can realise your progress more easily, and get a sense of accomplishment that will in turn keep you motivated and focused.
If you have a few goals in different areas in life, avoid overload and overwhelm by prioritising and concentrating on those goals that are most important to you right now.
3/ Tell people about your resolutions. Studies show that people who have a supporting family and friends reach their objectives faster , and also live happier and longer lives! This is why support groups of all sorts have proven to be so popular and successful.
If your family and friends are not as supporting as you’d like them to be, finding like-minded people who share the same or similar goals will help you get what you want faster and more easily. And you’ll get to enjoy the process more too.
4/ We are creatures of habit and often get stuck in particular behaviours that can seem impossible to break, unless you know how to.
In order to build new effortless and lasting habits, you need to crush limiting beliefs, create new more resourceful ones, and attach these to your goals, together with a bucket load of emotion and some super effective goal setting tools.
Thinking that you will be able to do this relying solely on will power is a big mistake that will only bring you frustration and disappointment.
Even the most successful entrepreneurs, artist and athletes have coaches, like me, to help them with the necessary mind skills to help them achieve their goals.
If you want to find out what these mind skills are, and the 7 essential steps you need to follow in order to achieve your goals this year, stay tuned for my upcoming coaching programme “7 steps to getting what you want”, out in January!