January 1st is a time for new beginnings – and new resolutions. Last week, I told you all about how to choose resolutions that will help you lead a memorable, intentional 2016. This week, I am giving you some tips for keeping your resolutions when the realities of a busy life catch up with you and tempt you to abandon your resolve. I’ll keep these short and sweet since I know many of you are about to be busy with choosing your New Year’s Eve outfits or planning what to serve when your party guests arrive. A British psychologist named Richard Wiseman tracked the success of 3,000 people’s New Year’s resolutions – and his results can teach us a lot. He found that only 12 percent of the people he polled managed to keep theirs. He decided to look into what those who were successful were doing differently! Now I am sharing the top three with you – so here are the three things you need to know to stay strong in your New Year’s resolve!
Stick to One Thing
Instead of trying to change your entire personality just because the date on the calendar is different, identify and focus on the ONE thing you really need to change. Many of us sabotage ourselves because we try to change too much too quickly – which results in failure.
Don’t just set a flowery goal like “I want to save more money.” You need to be INTENTIONAL. Break your goal into manageable, concrete benchmarks with specific deadlines. You can even provide yourself with small rewards when you reach each step!
Document Your Journey
The proof is in the pudding – even if your New Year’s resolution is to eat less pudding! Document your progress by chronicling all of your steps and success on a daily or weekly basis. You can use a journal – or go hardcore with charts and spreadsheets – to see just how much progress you’re making. Doing this is important because it is just so easy to backslide on our resolve when we don’t have concrete data to measure our progress by.