Each January, around half of adults make New Year’s resolutions, but only ten percent keep them past the first few months. We speculate that the other half made resolutions but failed to meet them; thus, they don’t bother anymore.
So, what’s the point of New Year’s resolutions if most people don’t keep them?
The truth is, despite the lack of follow through, individuals who make resolutions are more likely to achieve their goals than those who do not make them. Therefore, it is a good practice to set annual goals.
This week, we’re bringing you three tips to help you stick to your resolutions this year.
#1 Start with self-reflection
Open and honest self-reflection is essential to have a better understanding of yourself. We recommend setting aside an hour or two of alone time to consider the past year and its successes and failures. Make a list of specific questions you want to explore, such as:
- What do I like about my life? What don’t I like?
- Am I using my time wisely?
- Am I fulfilled in what I do?
Always follow up your answers with ‘Why?’ to help you delve deeper. If you need inspiration, this article provides some great tips for self-reflection.
Going through this process will help you determine where you want to be a year from now and what it takes to get there. From that, you can create your macro goals for the year.
#2 Set micro-goals
Most people fail to keep their resolutions because they make grandiose goals that are hard to achieve. When they become discouraged, they fall off the wagon.
To avoid this, break your goals out into small, actionable steps. Then establish monthly deadlines for when you want to complete those small steps throughout the year.
#3 Periodic review of goals
Set aside time each month or quarter to review your progress towards your goals. Are you ahead or behind? Do you need to adjust and move the deadline further out?
The benefit of this is threefold:
- It holds you accountable to your goals.
- It keeps you on track and moving forward.
- It helps you recognize the small successes, which can motivate you to keep going.
Keys to Success
Making annual resolutions is beneficial if you make consistent efforts to keep them. Self-reflecting, setting realistic expectations, and reviewing your progress on a regular basis are the keys to success in your endeavors. Good luck!