Every year at this time over 150 million people will go about starting the year anew. Setting out on a path to make this year the best year ever, but making new resolutions. The unfortunate thing is that only 8 percent of us are actually successful at achieving them.
Make them big:
I love big goals as they drive me towards success. They push my limits and make me work harder to make them happen. Easy goals allow me to just go through the motions and because people know they are easy they are more likely to be lax on them.
Goal researchers have shown that there is a powerful and direct correlation between the difficulty of our goals and our performance, satisfaction and happiness in reaching for and achieving that goal.
Make them SMART:
I am sure you have heard of SMART goals by now. They are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and have a Time component.
Most of us know this but fail to apply it effectively, especially the Specificity and Measurable components of goal setting.
It makes a huge difference to say. I am going to lose 37 lbs by April of this Year vs. I am going to lose weight. Another example is I am going to workout this year vs. I am going to get up 4x/week at 5 am and workout for 45 minutes at the local gym doing strength based training with some HIIT mixed in.
I am sure you can see how being specific and having something you can measure can make a huge difference in the outcome.
Try to make one goal in each of these areas:
Financial and Career
Don’t have too many:
Sometimes we can have too many goals and get overwhelmed. Then we end up chasing too many rabbits at once and catching none. It is great to have a variety of goals, but make sure you have enough that are challenging and at the same time attainable.
In addition make sure that the goals aren’t competing against one another. For example, if you have a goal of increasing sales for your job, but your job requires you to travel for sales calls. Yet, you have a goal of increasing family time. Those goals will have a hard time coexisting and lead to your frustration.
Write them down:
Many people stall out on their goals because they never write them down. They don’t believe that writing them down makes a difference.
A study by Dr. Gail Matthews of Domincan University found that you are a whopping 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by the simple act of writing them down. Part of the reason that is true is that we get the benefit of working through our intellect. We process, further formulate and self-check the goal itself and the process to get there.
Hopefully you have a game plan for the New Year and you can turn those past New Years resolutions failures into 2016 successes so you can make this your year of success!