We are just past the middle of February – the point where 80% of people will have abandoned their New Year’s Eve resolutions.
Just 6 weeks prior we were happily creating that long list of resolutions to achieve the “new year, new me”. This approach might be a nice aspiration, but it also sets you up for failure.
So, what happens in that short period of just a few weeks?
For one we put all the goal decision making all at the beginning of the year. Yet the year has 12 months, and we would be much kinder to ourselves to spread out our wish for change and growth.
Here are 3 things you can do to set yourself up for success:
- Write your goals down in bite-size pieces so they become more tangible. By writing them down you will be able to revisit them on a regular basis to ensure that they are as important to you in May as they were in January.
- Ask yourself – do my goals match my overall priorities in life? If they go hand in hand you will make it a lot easier for yourself to reach your goals. Again, check on a regular basis if the two are a pair throughout the year.
- Check your mindset – what stories do you tell yourself every day? Are you supporting yourself with your rhetoric or are you working against yourself? Having a positive mindset will increase your chances of reaching your goals by 100 times.
Best of all – share your goals with a friend, a family member or a coach. Putting yourself into an accountability situation will not only increase your chances for success, but also make it so much more fun along the way.