Making New Year Resolutions a Powerful Reality
It’s January 2021 and you are all pumped up. You have your set of New Year resolutions ready to go.
There is much excitement about all that 2021 holds for you. You have made your list of resolutions for the New Year. Now you need to get down to the nitty-gritty where the rubber meets the road.
I don’t want to sound like a prophet of gloom and doom but statistics prove that only about 12% of people follow on with their resolutions and are actually able to achieve their resolutions.
Do you want to be part of the 88% that do not fulfill their goals? Or do you want to be part of the 12% who do fulfill their goals?
Given below is a list of 7 things that will help you to stick to your New Year resolutions.
1. Focus On One Goal
If you have listed 10 resolutions to achieve in the New Year, you may get overwhelmed by trying to achieve them at once.
So it is of importance to just focus on one goal and resolution at a time. Give your full attention to achieving one goal. Set a time limit of a few weeks to achieve that one goal. You will find that it becomes very easy to do it this way.
It removes the feeling of being overwhelmed or becoming disoriented by the sheer hugeness of the task.
2. Conquer It Little By Little
One person said, “I am hungry enough to eat an elephant.” When he was asked how would he eat an elephant he answered: “bite by bite.” It is very easy to get overwhelmed with a large goal. But if you break up the goal into small bits and pieces then it becomes easy to achieve them.
So the first thing to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions is to break them down into monthly and weekly resolutions.
Tiny steps will move you forward to your overall goals. A study on loyalty programs that aims to motivate consumers was conducted. They gave people two free punches on a frequent-buyer card. Surprisingly, it encouraged repeat business.
So break hard jobs down into smaller ones. When you break a large goal into manageable pieces, you’ll stay focused, accomplish more, and increase your success!
3. Track your progress
On the journey of fulfilling your resolutions in the year, what will really help you is tracking your progress.
You can do this by maintaining a journal where you write down all your resolutions.
You can make two columns in front of the resolutions. One column should have the date when you started working on that particular goal. And the next column should have the date when you’re finished with or accomplished that goal.
By regularly maintaining this journal, you will be able to track your progress consistently. You will know how far you have come and how far you have to go. This will help you to speed up whenever it’s necessary.
It will also give you a sense of accomplishment when you have achieved a goal.
So the journal will serve two purposes :
- It will help you to track your progress and
- It will be like a rewarding system when you have accomplished your resolutions.
It can inspire and motivate you to tackle each goal one by one. Rather than focusing on losing 90 pounds, focus on losing the first ten. Keep a journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for every ten pounds that you manage to lose.
4. Reward Yourself For Every Little Progress
It is human psychology that whenever there is a reward there is an extra motivation to get more done. This psychology can be put to use in accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions.
Whenever you have achieved your short term resolutions, you need to reward yourself with something that you like but also something that will not contradict your resolutions.
For example, if you have lost 5 kg weight in 1 month, then you need to reward yourself with a new dress or a visit to the amusement park, not with a chocolate cake.
Do this regularly after having passed each milestone. This will motivate you to go on and achieve all your resolutions before the end of the year.
5. Be Committed To Accomplish Your Goals
Being committed and dedicated to accomplishing your goals is of utmost importance. Usually, it is seen that by the end of January, most people lose their initial motivation.
But you need to keep moving forward in spite of facing setbacks. You should have the never give up attitude. Keep working on your resolutions whether anyone is watching or not.
Be fully committed and self-motivated. Of course, you will face setbacks but you shouldn’t give in to them. If you want, you could get some motivation from motivational speeches on the internet.
If you find that you are lagging behind radically then you need to re-evaluate your plans and strategies. Plan your strategies in a way that becomes easier for you to move forward.
6. Leverage More Resources
There are many resources that are available to you during the process of accomplishing your goals. You need to leverage all these resources that will make you successful.
Some of these resources could be sharing with others and learning from their experiences. It could be certain apps and software that will make your process simple and easy.
You could use the reward and punishment system to inspire you on towards your goals.
7. Get An Accountability Partner
It is said that people don’t do what is expected they do what is inspected. This is very true of human beings. That’s the reason children do well when their work is Inspected.
I have seen in my own experience that nothing has helped me to grow more rapidly than having an accountability partner. Get someone whom you trust and respect to become your accountability partner.
Give account to him or her not just about your accomplishments, but also about your setbacks and failures. This will help you to accomplish your goals fast and easy.
Be completely honest and transparent to your partner. This will only help you to get to your goals faster.
If you take these 7 steps, you will find that you can easily and systematically accomplish your goals for the New Year.
You will not be part of the 88% who don’t reach their resolutions but you will be proud to be part of the 12% who accomplish their goals or resolutions.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend time running up and down the field and never score.
How helpful was this article to motivate you to accomplish your goals?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nitin Khaire