A few weeks into the New Year and I already hear people confessing that they have given up on their New Year’s resolution. Why is that? Why is it so hard to keep up the fabulous goals we have set ourselves on the last day of 2016 that were backed by lots of motivation and desire? Did you know that only 10% of us are keeping them up?
Reasons, which cover the majority of people, are lofty resolutions in the first place, an ill-conceived plan of action (if one at all) or not believing in themselves.
So let me share some easy tools on how to beat the quitter and persevere.
- Spend a moment to think about if your resolution is something you really want, something you are truly passionate about. Often we choose goals that we are rather supposed to do and they lack backbone.
- Check in with yourself on a daily basis to see if the goal is still the same or if it needs to be rewritten.
- Create a tracking sheet where you mark every day that you have succeeded (just search for ‘don’t break the chain’ for templates). Seeing results in black and white sparks motivation to persist.
- What is your reward? How will you celebrate if you have reached a certain stage of your resolution? Write it on your tracking sheet so you have it right in front of you whenever it gets tricky.
- Surround yourself with a friendly person who is willing to be your accountability buddy and who encourages you. Someone who inspires you to be more and do more!
Sounds easy? I challenge you to do this and send me your plan of actions! Let’s just consider these first two weeks of January as a grace period and start again.