What’s the difference between a wish and a goal? Commitment.
New Year’s resolutions are the perfect time to stop wishing for change and resolve to do something about it. Why not? Everyone else is talking about their resolutions. Why not jot down a few good ideas for the New Year?
The only problem with making resolutions ‘just because’ is that your chances of actually sticking to them are pretty low. So instead of talking about what types of resolutions you should make in 2011, we’re going to focus on how to make them stick!
How to Make your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
#1: Set SMART goals – SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Sensitive! Write down your goal(s) on a piece of paper and spell out the letters to SMART in a column and answer each of the questions.
For example, if your goal is to grow your business, then specific is How much?, measurable is What is your criteria?, and time-sensitive means attaching a deadline. Achievable and realistic look at if doubling your sales in 6 weeks is doable.
#2: Commit to the ‘Why’ – Knowing you need to do something often isn’t enough to motivate yourself to doing it (and sticking to it). Place visual reminders of your why to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing.
Take quitting a bad habit, for example. Chances are you have heard a lot of facts and figures on why it is bad for you, and why other people want you to quit, but until you commit to your own ‘Why’, it won’t stick.
#3: Give yourself every chance for success – Don’t just set the intention and hope that it happens! Take action and actively do things to help improve your chances of success!
Say, for example, your goal is to lose weight by eating healthier and exercising more, then a success plan would be to purge your cupboard of temptations and prepare the night before by setting out running shoes and scheduling a time in your calendar to workout.
#4: Celebrate the small leaps forward – Let’s face it – goals kind of suck. If goals were so much dang fun, you wouldn’t need to read all this stuff about how to set them and stick to them.
No one has to set goals about eating more chocolate or having more fun. Goals and resolutions tend to tackle stuff we find a little more challenging – quitting something, motivating ourselves to do something so you need to reward yourself for a job well done.
#5: Find an accountability partner – None of this Mrs. Nice Accountability Partner business either. Find someone who is willing to kick your ass a bit (or a lot).
If you are seriously committed to achieving your goals for 2011, this is where you partner up, join a support group or hire a coach to hold your feet to the fire.
Now go make 2011 your most rewarding, extraordinary year yet!