There's a reason why most people give up on their New Year's resolutions.
It's because they're big on dreams, but little on action (and as an introverted visionary, I'm speaking from experience! Although I never give up.)
Just like most things in life, you shouldn't decide to undertake major life changes on a whim.
If you're TRULY SERIOUS about setting yourself up with a lasting New Year's resolution, treat it like any other major life goal.
State your intentions.
Plan out your actions.
And maintain the will to follow through.
Let's get into it!
Seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people never actually write down their goals, or they lack the clarity on what their goals are.
Which is fine by the way - I'm here to help!
When it comes to envisioning your goal, don't be afraid of dreaming too big or being too specific. During this phase you don't want to hold yourself back. The sky is truly the limit.
While you do want to make it realistic, try creating layers to your goals too.
For example, I have a big dream of building schools all around the world, but I also have smaller goals that help support the bigger goal like "start a blog and write one blog per week for a year."
While I have an entire road map for the next 10 years, I have to start small or I'll never get there. It'll just be another pipe dream.
This is where you fill in the details with achievable tasks that will enable you to reach your goal.
If you want to lose weight, specify how much and by when. If you want to give up an addiction like scrolling through Instagram for 3 hours, specify what you're going to do to make it happen.
Some people fall short simply because they failed to create an action plan. However, without a plan you'll make your goal much more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.
A. Break your plan into parts.
If you take everything in all at once, it may seem overwhelming.
But if you break up your plan, then you're looking at a bunch of mini goals which is proven to be easier to obtain and it'll give you more momentum and motivation to keep moving forward.
B. Keep your mind on your goal.
As you plan out each step toward your goal, keep that New Year's resolution in mind. Write it down, post it on your walls, set reminders on your phone, do whatever it takes to constantly remind yourself.
There's a reason why you picked that goal for the New Year. It's because it's important to you.
Personally, I write my goals down in my 3 ring binder, so every day when I wake up I see my goals. It's increased my success rate of achieving my goals by 78% (I totally made that number up, but it feels right!)
C. Include motivation.
Motivation might be the thing that gives you the most trouble. You may start out exceptionally motivated, but then tend to lose that enthusiasm as the year progresses.
Remember to write certain motivations into your plan for when the chips are down.
For example, post motivational posters around your room, listen to motivational videos that inspire you, and follow people on social media that are motivational.
There's also a way you can develop Unlimited Motivation. Read my article and learn The 6 Steps for Developing Unlimited Motivation!
Imagine how good you'll feel when you achieve success with your New Year's resolution!
Rather than being part of the masses of people who simply forget their resolution, you can be one of the few who achieve their goal.
According to US News, 80% of people give up on their New Year's resolutions by the second week in February.
Do whatever it takes to keep yourself pumped as you follow through. You might want to set certain reminders for yourself.
For example, like I mentioned earlier, you can start each day by re-reading the goal(s) you declared on January 1st.
In the end, the process is quite simple. Write down your goal, have an action plan, and then follow through with that plan.
Seems simple right?
Well, another reason why we don't actually achieve our New Year's Resolutions is because we don't have any accountability.
We have accountability at our job, during school, with our loved ones, but never for our personal goals. Read this quick article on why accountability is so important for your success (and take advantage of our FREE 4 Week Accountability Life Coaching Sessions!)
Remember that you can do anything when your mind is in the right place and you take action to get what you want!