4 Easy Steps to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions STICK in 2011

It happens every year.  The buzz and chatter about new year resolutions.  It is a time to look at where we have been, where we are and determine where we want to go for the next year.  In essence, it is about making a choice to make positive changes.  I have never heard anyone say, “My new year’s resolution is to tank, go into debt, lose my job, and gain 50 pounds.” 

However, some of us to look at our present situation and desire for it to change in a positive way.  Right?  So, I ask you, did your resolutions come to pass this past year?  Or past years for that matter?

Here is what our research shows.  If you are really determined to change some aspect of your life, you make the choice and fire up the ambition with pure will power.  However, the energy or fire in your belly soon fades and eventually so does the goal or resolution.  Why?   Because will power is not enough to get the job done. 

So how can you achieve your new year’s resolutions?  Here are some steps that will help you do just that.

1.  Get a pen and paper.  Ink your goals.  What is it that you want to achieve in the next year or see happen in your life?   The reason we ink it is to have the visual of the goal.  If it is out of site, then it is out of mind.

 2.  Gotta have a plan.  What is your game plan to achieve your goal?  When do you want to achieve your goal by?   Make a list of actions you can take to achieve your goal.  Start taking action on the goal every day.  If something doesn’t work, modify the plan till it does work.  Who do you need to talk to who achieved your goal and can offer advice for a good plan?  Are there videos that may help you on Youtube?  Do your research, so you can take meaningful and measurable actions.

3. Get an accountability partner or a coach of some sort – mentor, life coach, some one who cares about you.  Perhaps it is someone who shares the same goal or someone who cares about you enough to speak up and tell you that you are slacking when you begin to slack.  

4.  Attach a truck load of emotion to your goal.  We are motivated by two forces – pain or pleasure.  So determine which is a greater motivator for you.  For most is the the desire to avoid pain.  So attach as much emotion to the goal.  If you do not achieve the goal this year, what does that mean for you?  What does your life look like?  What would your life look like if you did achieve the goal?  

This step is really about defining the meaning of the goal.  Why must you achieve this goal?  What is it so meaningful to you?  Most people skip this step.  You have to let that emotion sink in and marinate into your thoughts, so it becomes a driving force for you to keep going when you feeling like procrastinating, being lazy or giving up.  

Now it is up to you. No one can achieve your goals but you.  Start small and develop momentum.  If you are building a snowman, you start with a snowball and begin to roll it and let it take shape and grow into a boulder.  That is how you have to approach your goals.  You may want to lose weight…like me, but think of this way, you can implement the same plan in losing weight as you did gaining it.  Just a little bit at a time eventually adds up right?

I hope this encourages you as begin to think about your New Year’s Resolutions.

What do you want to achieve in 2011, and how will you achieve it?

Till next time,

Sam

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