Hands up if you have made a New Year’s Resolution and by February it was out of the window? I’m sitting here with my hand in the air for certain as I’ve done it more than a few times. We start the New Year full of ideas, determination and the will to change but then life kicks in and it all goes sideways. So this year, I thought I would do some research on how to make those resolutions stick and here is what I found.
Make clear goals
One of the best ways to make goals and stick to them, according to psychologists, is to make clear goals that are achievable and have a path to that aim. Don’t just say ‘I’m going to finally do something about getting a new job’ but instead, say you are going to update your CV, brush up on the latest interview techniques and review your qualifications. Once you are sure that you have everything prepare, you are going to look on the internet job boards for roles and start applying. You aren’t going to get disheartened if you get turned down but are going to keep working towards that dream job.
Take it step by step
Say your ambition for the New Year is to start a small business from home and you have an idea for the business that you have done a little research on and feel it is a viable proposition. So rather than jumping into running it full time, making a profit and quitting your current job, set a series of aims to get the business running. This might be things like get your products ready for sale, set up a website, start building a social media presence and do some advertising. Have a series of steps that will end up with the business up and running and can then continue to a profit-making venture.
Change things one at a time
You may have a list of resolutions you want to enact over the year but don’t try to do them all at once. Say you want to start going to the gym but also get on top of your housework. Then why not hire someone to help around the house for the first few months while you establish your gym routine then work on adding the housework to it – or work on the housework schedule then add the gym trips, whatever works best.
Talk about your goals
Tell your friends and family about your goals and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it or if you are feeling down about your progress. You might think you are doing poorly but others might think you are doing great and that boost can make all the difference!
Don’t beat yourself up
My thing is beating myself up when I don’t achieve a goal but often it’s because I’ve set unrealistic timetables for that goal. So try to be realistic about your resolutions and then if something goes wrong, don’t get too stressed about it – just look at what didn’t happen or what went wrong and see what you can pick up from it.