Surveys show that more than 50% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions within 3 days to 3 weeks. The most common reasons are that they do not take a longer term view of what the resolutions are for; and that they also do not plan how they will make them happen.
Here is an easy method for making 2009 the year you achieve your New Year’s resolutions:
- Reflect back on last year. List all the goals and things that you achieved. Congratulate yourself on all your achievements!
- Make a list of the New Year’s resolutions you want to set for 2009. Now pick just one resolution.
- Ask yourself the following:
- Is this something I really want?
- Is this something that I can really achieve? (Goals that are too easy or too hard will be abandoned.)
- Is this for me or someone else?
- What will happen if I don’t achieve this?
- What will happen if I do achieve this?
- Take the chosen resolution/goal and write it in the following format: in the present tense, clear, concise and how you will measure your success. E.g. It is now 15 June, I have lost 5kg and feel great.
- Write out which steps you need to take in order to achieve this resolution/goal. This forms your plan for achieving it.
- Write out which obstacles might get in the way and what you can do or who you can call on to overcome the obstacles. E.g use the services of a friend, personal coach, personal trainer, enrol in a course, etc.
- What is the first step you will take in the next 24 hours?
- Most important step: How are you going to celebrate achieving this resolution?
Christie Pinto is a master results coach and NLP practitioner based in Balaclava, Victoria.
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