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new years resolutions

Whether you call them New Year’s resolutions, goals, or intentions, now is the time many of us are hyperfocused on setting them. While about half the population does the planning, statistics say that only 8%  are successful in actually accomplishing our New Year’s resolutions. No wonder it’s daunting to even declare one!

Failing to achieve our goals happens to the best of us for a variety of reasons. It could be lack of passion, lack of focus, lack of self-discipline, or something else.

Maybe the New Year’s resolutions we set aren’t truly aligned with our values. Maybe they’re just not that important to us. Maybe we hit a bump in the road, decide we’ve already failed, and give up altogether. (This is why gyms look entirely different on Feb 1 than they do on Jan 1!)

While countless strategies and tools are available for setting and achieving goals, I’ve found that following  this 5-step process ensures you have a much better shot of achieving your New Year’s resolutions — or any goal.  

1. Your resolution or goal is in alignment with the big picture of your life.

Goals are more likely to stick if they are in alignment with the overall vision you have for your life. Take some time to envision what it is you want to create in your life next year, which areas of your life you want to focus on, and what specific changes you want to make in those areas. Get really clear on what it is you want, and what it means for your life overall.

Questions to consider:

  • What is my bigger vision for my life?
  • Which areas of my life do I want change in order to be more aligned with that vision?
  • What specifically do I want in those areas?

2. Your resolution means something to you.

Choosing an arbitrary New Year’s resolution because you think you “should” or because someone close to you thinks you should is not going to provide enough fuel to create the fire to accomplish it. The more a goal or resolution means to you, the more impetus there is to propel you toward it. To assess how important a goal is to you, ask yourself why you want to make these changes. The stronger your “why,” the deeper your commitment, and the greater the likelihood you will make the change.

Questions to consider:

  • Why do you want this change? What are you hoping to achieve?
  • How important is this to you?
  • What will it mean to have achieved this?

3. You have a plan.

Visioning can be fun and exciting, and committing to your visions can make you feel impassioned about the idea of accomplishing your goals. But a vision without a plan is just a dream. The next step is putting it to paper.

Putting your New Year’s resolutions in writing makes them more likely to be achieved. Write them down, in the present tense, as if you are already doing them. Try to keep your goals in the SMART format: specific, measurable, action-oriented, results-driven, time-bound. For example: I meditate every day M-F for 5 minutes at 8am for 3 months.

Questions to consider:

  • What habits or behaviors do I need to cultivate in order to get closer to this goal?
  • How can I incorporate these new habits into my daily/weekly life?
  • What is the first step, and when will I take it? (Remember to calendar it! What gets scheduled gets done.)

…and have a backup plan. Let’s be real. Someday something may come up that throws you off your well-established plan.  The question is, what are you going to do about it? Thinking about your backup plan in advance can better prepare you for handling it and moving forward. Ask yourself: What will I do when I slip up? What happens if something gets in my way?

4. You recommit regularly. 

True change is created over time and achieving a goal requires checking in with yourself regularly. If you aren’t exactly where you expected to be, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up. Revise your plan and make the necessary steps. Goals evolve over time. Things may change over the course of days, weeks, and months. Allow yourself to edit your plan to fit your life. Remember, it’s not set in stone.

Questions to consider:

  • How will I track and measure my progress?
  • When will I check in on my goals?
  • How will I hold myself accountable?

5. You acknowledge your progress and celebrate your wins. 

When you accomplish a goal or achieve one of your New Year’s resolutions, take time to recognize and acknowledge yourself for it. Celebrating the small wins helps build your confidence for the upcoming big wins, and motivates you to stay on track.

Questions to consider:

  • How will I celebrate when I reach a milestone?
  • What will I do to keep myself motivated?
  • With whom will I share my successes?

While achieving your New Year’s resolutions is hard work, it also extremely rewarding. You can set yourself up for success by aligning goals your goals with your vision, checking your commitment level at the start, planning for success, and above all, celebrating your progress.  

Ready to develop your own customized plan for 2018?  I’m offering 60 minute goal-planning sessions for $99 for now through January 31, 2018.  Sign up here.