Resolution Reboot: 7 Strategies to Help You Reach Your Goals
Need some help sticking with your New Year’s resolutions? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 22% of people who set new goals for themselves this year have slipped up a few times already.
Don’t give up! It’s simply time for your Resolution Reboot. Try any or all of the 7 strategies below to snap out of your second-month slump – and to help you keep moving forward on your goals at any time of the year. And remember: Don’t wait for the entire year to pass before you evaluate your progress or add in a new challenge…review and revise as needed.
- Take it one step at a time. I’m all in favor of the Big Hairy Audacious Goal, but break it down into do-able, bite-sized parts. Want to run a marathon? Start with a regular walking schedule. Looking to transform your eating patterns? Identify and then tackle them, one by one.
- Add good, not just take away bad. You’re seeking change for positive reasons; reinforce that direction by adopting similarly themed actions. For example, instead of going cold turkey cutting out soda, add drinking 8 glasses of water a day first. Feeling more hydrated will make you feel better – and likely help you kick the cola habit.
- Establish a rewards system. The credit card companies already know this – we’ll work harder for the chance to earn points! Design a scheme to win credits for prizes that are meaningful to you, upping the ante for every target level achieved. How about a pedicure when you’ve worked out for three weeks straight, a day at the spa when you’ve managed it for three months?
- Track it. Writing down daily activities related to your goal will measure your progress, including when key milestones are reached. How about giving others skin in the game for such recordkeeping? If you want to stop swearing, for example, pay your kids a penalty dollar every time you curse. Believe me, your kids will be motivated to track on your behalf!
- Find an “accountability partner.” This person doesn’t have to be a close friend, or even striving for the same exact goal. Simply pairing up with anyone with similar objectives will provide key social support, as well as spur a little healthy competition.
- Expect setbacks. No one’s perfect; progress towards a goal is rarely a straight line. Don’t let one misstep cause you to drop everything and derail all that you’ve achieved.
- Keep celebrating! Recognize that every decision you make towards your goal is worthy of a pat on the back.
So give yourself some snaps right now for considering these strategies to get back on track – and best wishes in achieving your goals.
Author: Kelly Walsh, M.Ed, ACC | Owner, 1 Smart Life
Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coach and mediation certifications, and 20 years of Human Resources experience, she has successfully helped others define their dreams and create pathways to success. She is the creator and owner of 1 Smart Life, LLC a new style of personal coaching with a team of experts in all of life’s challenging areas.