Inc. Magazine reports that about 60% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% are successful in keeping them. Don’t be the statistic in 2019! Here are 5 tips that will help you achieve your goals this year.
- Start small. A complete shift in behavior sets you up for failure from the very beginning. Start with small milestones, for example if you’d like to exercise more, start with two to three days a week, not seven. Set a bi-weekly reminder on your phone to review your progress. If you’re falling behind, a few days of playing catch-up is manageable; a few months isn’t.
- Change one behavior at a time. A single success will give you the confidence to pursue bigger and better ones in the future. Set an important yet achievable goal for yourself and stick with it–and only it for the first month.
- Talk about it. Sharing your goals not only establishes accountability, it gives you a built-in team of cheerleaders. One great way to share in success is to join a team that is interested in achieving the same sort of goal. Group workouts, dieting groups, investment groups, book clubs… you get the idea.
- Go easy on yourself. If you overeat or miss a week of workouts, don’t throw up your hands in defeat! Resolve to get back on track. See #1–set reminders to stay your course.
- Ask for support. It’s easy to slip into old habits when you feel like you’re going it alone. Ask your family and friends to encourage your new behavior, and consider hiring a professional trainer, coach, nutritionist, financial planner, etc. if what you really want continually slips out of your grasp.