Be a New Year’s Resolution Achiever!

Did you know that about 60-70% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8-10% keep them? Why is that?

The most popular resolutions usually revolve around weight loss, fitness, paying off debt and smoking cessation.  I would consider it a noble accomplishment to make forward progress in any those areas. The positive ramifications would be wonderful and most likely lead to a better life. The tasks are absolutely possible so why do so many of us fail?

First, these failures go back to our “why”.

Your “why” is the reason you are setting the goal in the first place. Your goal/resolution should be meaningful, well thought out and serious not superficial, hasty or whimsical. Are you trying to lose weight because you have been diagnosed with a health crisis? Are you trying to pay off debts because you plan to get married, relocate or start a family?

If you fail to follow through with your resolution, how serious a fail will it be? Will you have to postpone a wedding, have surgery or take on more debt? Sometimes these are life or death situations.

Second, you have to truly believe that you can accomplish your goal.

This is so important. If you don’t really believe you can achieve your goal your brain will find all the ways to confirm that disbelief and trip you up into inaction which will lead to failure.

Third, you need a detailed plan broken down into small action steps.

Take some time to think long about your resolution. If you have a good “why” and it’s believable, can you also develop those action steps that lead you to full achievement? You want to lose 40 pounds. How are you going to do that? What will you do daily that will move you toward your goal?  When is your deadline?

To pay off debt, look at your current budget. Figure out how much additional income you would need so you can make extra payments. Find a second job or pick up extra hours. Make a systematic plan of paying down debt from the extra income. That is a believable and do-able plan.

All that’s left is to get started!

Let’s recap. 1. Decide on a resolution that is personally meaningful and within reach. 2. Make sure you believe fully in your goal. 3. Make a plan that includes well paced action steps. 4. Activate your plan and stick to it.

As an additional motivator, I suggest you write down your goal, place it somewhere you will see it often and read it aloud to yourself every day.  For example, “This year I will work my second job so that I can make extra payments of $300 a month to pay off my car debt by October 31, 2019.”

If you follow these tips you will most definitely be in the 10% of resolution achievers. Then you can move on to a new goal!

Blessings to all of you in 2019! I can’t wait to hear about all you are accomplishing!

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