I love the start of the new year. It’s a new beginning and all things feel possible!
But, after years of making new year’s resolutions (exercise more, eat healthier, get more sleep), I noticed a pattern. I’d start the year all fired up about the changes I was going to make. And then, as the weeks passed, roadblocks cropped up and my momentum always started to fade…
Soon I joined the 92% of resolution makers who, despite their best intentions, don’t achieve their goals. And sure enough, when the year ended and I thought about the next year’s resolutions, I found myself looking at a lot of the same goals once again.
How frustrating and discouraging! Truthfully, it made me feel bad – like a failure. It brought to mind that quote about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – that way lies insanity!
Studies show some of the top reasons people don’t keep their resolutions are that they:
- set unrealistic goals (or too many of them)
- make resolutions for the wrong reasons
- think resolutions will motivate them when they really aren’t committed to changing
So – how do you keep your sanity and get off the “make resolutions-fail-try again” merry-go-round? Here are three things I’ve seen successful people do to achieve their goals:
- get focused: it is a lot easier reach a goal when you have clarity around what you really want and are connected to your why. What will be different when you reach your goal? How will achieving it make you feel?
- take small steps: breaking a goal into manageable activities that you’ll actually do creates a pattern of success and keeps your momentum strong.
- create accountability: setting milestones, reporting progress and getting input from an accountability partner, mastermind group or coach provides support, builds confidence and motivates action.
Here’s to living your dreams in 2016!