How to Make New Years Resolutions That Actually Work

Every year people around the globe set their New Years Resolutions. However only 8% people actually achieve their resolutions. Whoa! What is going on here? That is quite some disconnect between what we want to happen and what actually happens.

It all boils down to us deciding we need to do it all RIGHT NOW! Instead of focusing on incremental sustainable changes we go full throttle. You might be asking yourself  “So should I even bother making resolutions?” The answer is ” Absolutely!” We just need to be more intentional about them.

I have five amazing tips to help you set realistic resolutions that you can totally rock out this year.

Set Goals Not REsolutions 

Setting resolutions not only comes with the stigma of all the failed ones from years before but they also tend to be unrealistic. Can you lose sixty pounds? Absolutely! Can you do it in three months? Probably not without gaining it all back by the next year.

When setting goals focus on making SMART goals. What are SMART goals? They are goals that are Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic and Time Bound. Ex: I want to get healthy is not a smart goal. I want to go to the gym and workout at least three times this week is one.

Break them down into steps

It is a really awesome goal to make six figures in your business this upcoming year but the question is how are you going to do that. What will it take to achieve such a goal? What actions do you need to take? What will you need to do each day, week, and month to achieve that?

I tell my clients to set BIG goals but  break those down into bite size pieces. Many times why we give up so easily is we get overwhelmed with the big picture vs just taking time to break it down into manageable chunks. Don’t just focus on the end result instead focus on the steps that it will take to get there. Figure out what you need to do each day/week to move you towards your goals and it will be less overwhelming.

Create habits and routines

This is a BIG one. Focus on sustainable changes. Sustainable changes are habits and routines. Unsustainable changes are quick fixes. Resolutions often fail because instead of focusing on what we can do long term we focus on what will provide us results NOW! It’s like meeting someone for the first time and trying to sell them your product vs fostering a relationship with someone so they will be interested in continuing to invest in your products.

Look at your goals and ask yourself what habits and routines you need to put in place to help you achieve them. Think long term not short term. You don’t want to be back in this place setting these same goals a year from now. Take it one step at a time and one habit at a time. You cannot change all of the things all at once because that leads to complete overwhelm.

Dig deep into why

Why are you even setting these goals in the first place? If you don’t have a real, concrete, deep reason why you will easily give up in a month or six months versus seeing it through. It’s like someone wanting to lose weight to “look good” versus them wanting to lose weight so they don’t end up with diabetes like their grandmother. Big difference in why.

For each goal ask yourself why. Why do I want to achieve this? Keep asking yourself why for each answer until it brings up some real emotion or you can no longer answer. Imagine what your life would be like if you reached that goal. How bad do you really need to reach this goal? What will drive you forward when adversity comes your way because it absolutely will. Your why needs to be strong enough to drive you through the rough patches.

get some accountability

Goals, steps, habits, and routines even your why can keep you going. You will have a greater possibility of reaching your goals. A final step that will help you is to get some accountability. Whether that be a friend, coach, spouses, business partner, group, etc… having someone or several people to keep you accountable is so important. Tell them what your working towards and ask them to help you stay on track.

There will be days that you think about giving up on your goals. Things do come up. Having someone there to kindly remind you what your working towards is invaluable. I personally always have a group of people in my corner that can remind me when days are getting rough. They can give you a hug, a kick in the pants or a friendly reminder when needed. It will make all the difference.

Focus on making sustainable changes so your  “resolutions” don’t become duds. You can make this next year anything you want it to be. It will take some hard work, consistency, and time.  Write your goals down. Break them down into manageable pieces. Work on those habits and routines. Write down your why. Get your tribe behind you. This year is going to be amazing.

Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!