The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that by about Memorial Day, almost 50% of people who made resolutions will have given up on them. About 30% will have abandoned their resolutions within a mere two weeks of making them. It’s so bad, that 40% of people don’t even bother making resolutions!
So if you were one of the 60% of people who did declare your intention for the year, here are some tips you can use to support the accomplishment of your goal.
1. Go public and get support
Tell as many people as possible about your commitment. Most people are more likely to follow through with commitments when they are made to someone else rather than maintained within the confines of their private mind. The fear of public ‘humiliation’ will help keep you on the straight and narrow. Tell people whose opinions matter to you, who would be disappointed in you if you backslide and will lovingly tell you to get back on track.
2. Recommit and act daily
Take some positive action in line with your resolution every day. Put an alarm on your desktop/online/phone calendar that reminds you of an action to take. Keep a journal of your experiences – whether good or not so good. The process of reflecting and articulating your thoughts and feelings will keep you focused and aware of your goal.
3. Change your habits, environment and/of lifestyle
You will probably have to make some additional changes in your daily routine while you are ‘building the muscle’ for your new resolution. I had to stop hanging out with my two best friends at work when I decided to stop smoking because our daily routine consisted of morning and afternoon breaks on the patio over cigarettes. I stayed away from that routine while I built my ‘I’m a non-smoker’ muscle.
4. Reward your progress
If you’ve committed to something big, reward yourself along the way as you reach certain milestones. That will make the road seem shorter and the goal easier to reach. Treat yourself to something nice. Pamper yourself and applaud your efforts and small wins. The larger wins will be that much closer.
If you were in the 40% of people who didn’t make a single resolution, it’s not too late. Use these tips for support on something that does matter to you. Don’t be afraid. Take the plunge.
Decide. Commit. Act.
You can do it.