The average person gives up on their New Year’s resolutions by 17 January – which means you have a few more days to make sure you stick to yours! Luckily, we have the very best tips to help you. It’s all about commitment, focus and intentional action.
1 Write down your goals.
Make them simple and put them up somewhere visible. They should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. We suggest setting goals under the following five categories:
- Physical health
- Spiritual health
2 Figure out an action plan for each goal.
You need to know how you’ll go about achieving them. Just writing things down is not enough – you need to know what steps you need to take to achieve your dreams.
3 Constantly revise your goals.
Set aside time once a week to go over them, and adjust them if necessary. It’s been proven that people who regularly meditate on their goals are more likely to achieve them.
4 Make your goals your lifestyle.
Thoughts become words, words turn into action, action repeated becomes a habit, and a repeated habit becomes a lifestyle. Think carefully about why you have set the goals and let the reasons behind them motivate you.
5 Create accountability.
Find someone you look up to who has already achieved what you’re setting out to do. Ask them to mentor you if possible, and meet them for coffee once a month. Listen to their advice – you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals if someone is accountable with you. Speak to them when you feel like giving up; they will help you get through the bad patches. There is a theory that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with so consider who you want to be carefully, and surround yourself with like-minded people.
Remember: once you’ve achieved something, you set the benchmark – the standard that becomes the status quo.