What will you do in 2014? Have you made a resolution? When the year ends, will you have accomplished what you set out to do?
I saw a statistic the other day that less than 8% of people successfully hit their New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ways to make sure that when you change the calendar to 2015, you can celebrate hitting your goals.
1. Be Specific
Clearly define your goals in a measurable way. Looking to lose weight? Aim for 10 pounds. Trying to eat better? Add 1 serving of fruit a day. Saving for the future? Set a dollar amount.
If you know what you are chasing, you can find the path to get there.
2. Be Realistic
Reach for the top, but set goals that are realistically attainable. Set yourself up for success.
A goal without a plan is just a dream. Chart out exactly how you will hit the goal. How will you change your daily routine to incorporate new habits? Set markers along the way and take a second to celebrate these milestones.
4. Write it down
Write your resolution down and post in a place you will see it every day. Every time you open the fridge, sit down at your desk, or look in the bathroom mirror, look at that goal. Ask yourself, “Am I on the way? What will I do today to get there?”
5. Talk about it
Share your resolutions with your family, friends, and co-workers. Ask them what their goals are. Surround yourself with motivated people. It will help you to stay inspired and have someone else to hold you accountable.
When you hit the milestones along the way, reward yourself for your hard work. Taking time to celebrate your goals, will add enjoyment to the sacrifice it requires to get where you want to be. When next New Year’s Eve rolls along, you will feel great having accomplished exactly what you wanted.
For more tips on hitting your resolutions, check out THIS POST from January 2013.
Good luck! Have a great 2014!