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How To Increase Your Chances Of Achieving Those New Year's Resolutions

What can you do to tip the odds in your favour?

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It's January again, and many of us will have made New Year's Resolutions for 2019, both in our personal world and our businesses/professional lives. But what are your chances of succeeding?

If you need help achieving those New Year's Resolutions then get in touch!

If you need help achieving those New Year's Resolutions then get in touch!

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Will your efforts have waned by the end of the month? According to whichever stats you read, research suggests that upwards of 80-90% of people fail to keep or achieve their New Year's Resolutions.

So, what can you do to tip the odds in your favour?

  • Keep it simple

    A big mistake many people make is to set big unattainable goals, then getting overwhelmed and barely making it off the starting block. With many competing priorities in life, this approach is doomed for failure!

    It's good to have several goals in mind, but approach them one at a time, keep it simple and focus on small attainable steps.

  • Set a concrete goal and write it down

    Another mistake many people make is to set a vague goal and not record it anywhere. For example, how many people do you hear saying they want to 'lose weight' this year?!

    Instead, committing to a goal of 'losing 10 pounds by March' is a much more powerful way to start. Even better is to write your goal in the present tense, eg: "I am losing weight and will be 10 pounds lighter by March". Writing this way makes you feel better and works with your subconscious brain to help you visualize the outcome more easily.

    The process of putting pen to paper and writing it down, somewhere you can read it daily makes you significantly more likely to achieve your goal.

  • Plan how you are going to achieve your goal, with measurable steps

    Looking back at the above goal of losing 10 pounds by March. To make it happen, you need a clear plan of what it will take to achieve it. What changes will be made to your diet on a daily/weekly basis to cut out calories? How will you fit more activity/exercise into your day?

    By committing to set times/days/activities and tracking your progress will up your chances of success.

  • Share your goals

    Research also suggests that sharing your goals makes you more likely to achieve them. Whether that's with friends and family, through social media, with a coach/mentor or all of the above, the act of sharing your goals builds accountability and once again increases your chance of success.

Ultimately, whatever you're aiming for in 2019, remember the power of the compound effect and just how far small consistent steps can take you. I love this quote from Jim Rohn: "You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight."

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Next week, I will continue to the theme of goal setting and look at how to make goal setting work in your business, but in the meantime, if you'd like some help setting some achievable New Year's Resolutions, and sticking to them, give me a call on 07590 584642 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...



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