While most people create their New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions, very few follow through with them. In fact, only 8 percent of people actually keep their resolutions.
What can you do to increase your odds for achieving your goals? Take note of these seven best practices for people who keep their New Year’s resolutions:
1. Be specific about what you want to achieve.
When establishing resolutions, it’s easy to say that you want to lose weight or travel more. However, if you’re not specific about what you want to achieve (i.e. lose 15 pounds or take a trip to Wine Country), you’re less likely to follow through with your resolutions.
2. Establish measurable goals.
How will you plan to measure the progress of your goals? You’ve probably heard the expression, “If you can measure it, you can change it.” By being able to measure the progress of your goals, you can make tweaks when necessary to ensure that you achieve them.
3. Understand that lasting changes take time.
If you want to achieve your goals, you need to realize that it takes time. Although progress can seem painfully slow, the rapid breakthroughs that you occasionally experience will help to propel you forward.
4. Vocalize your goals for social support.
Being vocal about your New Year’s resolutions with family and friends will significantly increase your odds of achieving them. While a promise to yourself can be easy to break, it’s far harder to admit failure to family and friends.
5. Make time to achieve your resolutions.
If you want something badly enough, you can find the time to do it. If you want to get in shape, schedule time on your calendar to get to the gym. Want to de-clutter your closet? Block out a weekend to accomplish the project.
6. Realize that something is better than nothing.
If you don’t have the time to fully commit to reaching your goal, realize that something is better than nothing. Instead of giving up, do the best that you can with the time that you have.
7. Get back up when you fall down.
There will be times that you get off track with accomplishing your resolutions. When you fall down, acknowledge the mistake and get back on the path.
Implement these best practices and let 2019 be the year that you keep your New Year’s resolutions.