New year new me. I’m sure most of us have heard or said this before. We all want to achieve a lot this year but statistics show that, in reality, most of us don’t accomplish our goals for the new year.
Some estimates say that more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but there’s a problem. According to research from the University of Scranton only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. The silver lining here is that there are a few things you can do to change the statistics around New Year’s goals to actually achieve your dreams. Here’s how:
1. Small Goals
It’s time to ditch the “all or nothing” mentality. Change, big or small, happens throughout a series of small actions. Just think about the millions of years that had to pass by for humans to become humans.
Small and achievable goals are your best friend!
What seems more reasonable? Losing 10 pounds in a month or working out without failing 10 minutes a day everyday?
2. Write It All Down
A good reminder to keep you on track is something as simple as having your goals written down on paper. Try to write them down and place them somewhere where you will be able to read them everyday.
It seems way to easy or dumb to try, but I guarantee you that being reminded, even if it’s just by a little post-it everyday, is motivation enough.
3. Consistent Actions
Consistency is the key to creating habits and we already settled that small goals and habits are your best friends!
It only takes around 21 days to a month to create a habit that might last a lifetime. You just have to get through those initial days when the resistance is at its highest. After that you will be getting those habits done like nobody’s business.
4. Keep it Simple
We’ve mentioned small goals, consistency, writing things down, but I think you can encompass all of those to one single recommendation: Keep it SIMPLE.
The more complex and out of this world your goals are the harder it will be to make them come true which will lead you to feeling inadequate once you realize you can’t reach them and then you fall off track. It’s a vicious cycle.
If you don’t believe me, I recommend you watch this TED talk about creating success while keeping things simple.
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