Set Yourself Up For Success

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It’s almost January 1st again. Have you started thinking about your New Years Resolutions? Did you know that some of new-years-resolutionsthe most common resolutions include: losing weight, getting healthy, falling in love, quit smoking, and spending less while saving more? Only about 45% of people make resolutions most every year; however, only about 8% of individuals actually achieve their resolutions.

Individuals who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than individuals who don’t commit to resolutions.

So, what’s it going to be? Are you going to be in that 8% who achieve their goals? I know I will!

Personal vs. Professional Goals

Are you more serious about your personal or professional goals? Or do you even make professional goals for yourself? Maybe something such as: get promoted, find a new job, get a raise…etc.? Self improvement or educational resolutions account for about 47% of all resolutions; whereas, money related resolutions only account for 34%.

I have found, and you may as well, that I really need to divide my resolutions into categories to help me focus on them a bit easier (and longer). Many people quit their resolutions within the first 3 months because they made too many (or too complicated) resolutions that it’s difficult to focus on everything all at once.

My recommendations to set yourself up for success:

  1. Specifics: Be specific about your resolutions: don’t just say ‘I’m going to lose weight’…instead, say ‘I’m going to lose 10 lbs.’ This helps to focus on a specific goal that is tangible.
  2. Steps: Create steps with each of your resolutions. It may be a bit intimidating to set a goal of ‘I’m going to lose 10 lbs’ without having a specific plan to get you there. Break down the resolution into steps, such as: go to the gym 3 days a week for an hour; join a spin class; or no fast food for 2 weeks. Starts with specific steps that you can manage and are quantifiable.
  3. Help: Get others around you to help you achieve your resolutions. Sometimes our willpower isn’t what we would like it to be. Sometimes we want to slack off a little, but if we get our loved ones to help give us that little extra push when we need it, we’re more likely to achieve our goals.
  4. Automation: Create automation when and where you can. If your resolution involves putting money into a savings account, have that money automatically deposited into that account so you don’t even have to think about it. This will certainly help you achieve your goals.

Don’t forget that making yourself accountable to your own goals is key to succeeding. Personal improvement doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient with yourself.

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