Do you know the failure rate for New Year’s Resolutions? So many people set them, but how many people fail to keep them?
A recent surveys showed 92% of resolutions end in failure – despite most people believing they will achieve their resolutions!
I also discussed in a previous article the week when more resolutions are broken than any other: you guessed it, the first week of the year.
What can you do to make sure you don’t end up as one of those statistics?
Here are three concrete, research and experience backed strategies you can use to keep your resolutions – unlike most people. And if you’ve already faltered, don’t worry – you can still use these strategies!
Tip #1: Be Realistic
If you’re serious about making a change, then don’t just set a resolution because it sounds good (“I’m going to run a marathon this year” or “I’m going to visit every continent”).
Do something that really impacts your life, but be realistic.
Don’t set a goal that you know in the back of your mind you won’t reach – or you’ll sabotage yourself from the start.
- For more, check out these 7 Keys For Setting Realistic Goals
Tip #2: Take A First Step
One of the biggest reasons resolutions fail is because people never get started. We come up with plans, and get motivated and pumped up to work on our resolutions – and then decide we’ll start “tomorrow.”
Tomorrow never comes, and the resolution is broken before it even gets off the ground.
So rather than looking too far ahead into the future and thinking about how amazing things will be when you accomplish your resolution – think about today, this week, and what you can do to make progress right now.
Take a first, imperfect step – rather than daydreaming about a perfect plan which may overwhelm you or get put off forever.
- Get Your Hands Dirty – How To Commit To Your Goals
- You Only Need To Take One Step
- The Four Types Of Action – Answer To Yourself
Tip #3: Be Consistent
One of the most difficult things about making positive change in our lives is that we’re such creatures of habit.
We do the same things and follow the same patterns every day – and any major life change is going to require us to modify our behavior. In the short term, you can use willpower to do so – but in the long run, you want to change the underlying habit itself.
They key for that is to be consistent. Don’t miss workouts, don’t just stick to your resolutions “when you feel like it.” I personally like to commit to daily action – and preferably at a specific time.
More on this subject:
- Paying Yourself First With Your Time
- Excellence as Habit
- There Is Not Secret of Success (Except This)
Don’t Struggle Alone
There’s no reason to struggle by yourself. I’ve helped many people just like you – you don’t have to do it alone. If you know you’re capable of doing better, or find yourself procrastinating – stop beating yourself up over it! Nobody has ever taught you the science of achievement – but I will. Now is the time to take a look at The Action Solution: The proven system for overcoming procrastination, achieving what you want in your life – and finally getting those New Year’s resolutions to stick! Click to read more now.
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