Five Easy Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

It’s mid-month.  The excitement of New Year’s Resolutions has worn off.  Have

Think about your values when setting goals!
Think about your values when setting goals!

you fallen off the wagon?  Abandoned some or all of your goals?  Don’t despair – there is still PLENTY of time to recover.

  1. Keep your goals simple but specific.  Take a look at the goals you created early in the year.  Are they overly complicated?  Is there a way to make them simpler?  Also specific – even in a simple format, it’s important to be specific with your goals – otherwise how will you know you accomplished them?  Need an example?  Say your goal was to get healthy.  That’s a great goal, but a very vague goal – what exactly do you mean by this?  A more specific (yet still simple goal) might be eat fruits and veggies with every meal.
  2. Don’t try to do too much at once.  This is the area where I often falter.  There are so many things I want to accomplish and I get all excited about them all, but before I know it I have way too much going on to complete ANYTHING.  Sound familiar?  If this is you too, I’ve discovered that focusing on just one or two things at a time is much better way to go about reaching my goals.  For instance – one of the things I want to focus on this year is helping my kids be more self-sufficient (more on this topic to come!).  So, each month we are focusing on ONE life skill.  January is laundry.  That’s it.  We’ll get to the rest throughout the year, but for now the plan is to master laundry.  Simple, specific and not over-whelming.
  3. Connect your goals to your values and desires.  I mentioned last week that this year I’m working through Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul which ties right in with the idea of making your your goals actually connect to your true values and desires.  This isn’t a new idea for me, I actually wrote about it last year in this blog post.
  4. Track your progress.  It is quite motivating to see how much you are accomplishing.  Tracking your progress can be as simple as placing a checkmark on your calendar each time you complete a step in your goal to as complicated as creating a spreadsheet to track your progress.  I think a great example of this is using a product like a Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker.  I have a daily fitness goal and wearing the Fitbit allows me to track how close I am to meeting it.  Easy and very motivating.
  5. Accountability.  A close relative to tracking your progress, having someone else to help hold you accountable can be very motivating – especially if you aren’t self-motivated.  Find a workout partner for your fitness goals, or a work friend who helps push you to complete your projects on time.  Whatever type of help you need, I’m sure you can find someone to help hold you accountable.  One of the biggest benefits I see with my clients is that extra accountability.  I know what they want to accomplish and we’ve set goals to get there.  A big part of my job as a coach is holding them accountable for the actions – amazing how much more likely they are to do them if they know I’ll be checking up!

How do you meet your goals?  Do any of these ideas resonate with you?  How do you plan on making your resolutions stick this year.

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