So, it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Roughly 41% of people make New Year’s resolutions already. Unfortunately, only about 9% of those folks will have achieved them by years’ end. What is the secret in being wildly successful in achieving your goals this year?
Cause for New Year’s Resolution Problems
One of the biggest causes for these failures is the fact that folks make such huge goals that are virtually impossible to achieve. This is can because they are disappointed over failing to change their habits in the prior year, so people plan to kick butt in the upcoming year to make up for those shortcomings.
However, what people fail to anticipate is that it will take a huge effort to achieve those big goals. The stressful holiday season just ended and you are now busier than ever. Your reserves may be low, physically, mentally and spiritually. One way to combat these high rates of failure is to break those New Year’s resolutions into smaller goals that can be achieved along the way.
The Next Step
Breaking down large New Year’s resolutions into smaller goals will make you more likely to achieve these resolutions in the long term. This is because a smaller goal will be faster and easier to achieve. It will take less effort and less time to achieve this goal, thus making it more likely you’ll achieve this goal.
Once you achieve this goal, you’ll be more encouraged to stick on your path to achieving your goals. This “mini-success” will propel you with momentum to keep going in achieving your long-term resolutions.
Why Smaller Goals Work
Your smaller goals won’t require as much strain and commitment from you, helping you to consider the work and life commitments that kept you from achieving your goals in the prior year. Again, making it more likely you’ll achieve these smaller goals.
For example, say you want to lose 30 pounds in the upcoming year. You might want to lose that by the time beach season comes rolling around in late May or early June. The thing is, if you want to lose the 30 pounds by early summer pace yourself and be realistic about your goals. Add support from groups or friends that have the same goal. Accountability to others makes a goal much easier to achieve.
Shift Your Thinking
Take mindset of just small goals each week. Create habits to commit to each day to create greater accomplishments. Plus, it would also commit you to keep going during even your most stressful times. All of this enables you to get where you want to go with let stress and more success.
By setting smaller goals as part of your New Year’s resolutions, you are more likely to stick with what is necessary to achieve them and have the momentum and strength to achieve them. Share with me below how you are being wildly successful with your New Year resolutions.
To Your Success,
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