This Year, Don't Set New Year's Resolutions
The statistics on how many people actually follow through and accomplish their New Year’s resolutions are rather grim. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. Don’t be part of that statistic. This year, set goals instead of resolutions.
That’s simple - because goals are specific, whereas resolutions tend to be broad and vague. Goals are much more actionable, which is what makes them more effective.
How can you turn your New Year’s resolutions into goals?
Get clear on what you want to accomplish, why it’s important, and how you’ll make it happen. Take something broad such as making more money in the next year and break it down. How are you going to make more money? Will that be getting a promotion, changing jobs, or starting a side business? What steps do you need to take? If you’re looking to change jobs, then you’ll need to start networking, update your resume, and plan your job search. Will you need to hire a coach to help you with these goals? What else will you have to do? Get as specific as possible and outline all of the smaller steps you’ll need to take to reach your full goal.
The more specific you get when breaking down your goals, the more likely it is that you’ll accomplish them. When they’re broken down into manageable and measurable pieces, you’ll be able to track your progress and stay focused. It’s easy to lose focus when the goal is too large, and this is precisely why only 8% of people make good on their New Year’s resolutions.
How can you make this happen?
Michael Johnston, Founder & CEO of Zelo, offers a few tips to help people accomplish their goals. He recommends choosing three or four goals to work on so that you’re not overwhelmed by them. Break those goals down to into actionable steps and check in daily and weekly on your progress. Plan time each week to review your progress. This can be an in depth review or a quick check in, even five minutes can be sufficient for staying on track. Put this review time on your calendar so that you’re reminded to do it.
You want to make working on your goals a habit and something that becomes a natural part of your daily routine. Find a system that works for you so that it’s easy to stay on track. He also recommends prioritizing sleep and building good exercise and nutritional habits. When you’re well rested and taking care of your body, it’s much easier to focus.
What else can you do to reach your goals?
The real key here is consistency. If you only work on your goals sporadically, you aren’t going to see results. Put in the work and it will pay off. You might not see results immediately, but don’t let that deter you from continuing to put in the work.
This year, if you absolutely must set a New Year’s resolution, make it to set a goal.