An astonishing 80% of New Year’s resolutions end in failure while only a small percentage are actually achieved. This is a staggering number, and it’s even one that may have you wondering… how do I keep my resolution?
As we near the end of January, many of us will be struggling to maintain this year’s resolutions. Coincidentally, the most difficult resolutions to keep are also those that carry the most meaning, but for these resolutions to positively impact our lives, we have to stick with them.
I know this can be hard, but don’t worry… I’m here to help.
Here are 5 ways to make your resolutions last in 2020!
Consistency is Key
Without a doubt, the most effective way to maintain a resolution is consistency. Staying consistent gives you momentum, and momentum is the best form of motivation.
Put simply: by working on your resolution every day, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Of course, this is far easier said than done, but by taking just one step towards achieving or maintaining your goal, you are giving yourself the momentum you need to keep moving forward.
Find one thing big or small to do each day that will bring you closer to fulfilling your resolution. Put this task or activity onto your schedule every day. All of these tasks will build up – like a snowball – and eventually, you will see massive progress.
Make Your Resolution SMART
Although most resolutions end in failure, there are some people who succeed year after year. These people have boiled goal-setting down to a science. Their New Year’s resolutions are specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound – their resolutions are S.M.A.R.T.
The SMART criteria bring our goals within reach and give us the power to accomplish anything we set our minds to. But what exactly makes a resolution SMART? Well, a SMART resolution is…
- Specific. A specific goal precisely spells out exactly what is to be achieved.
- Measurable. Measurable goals have clearly defined parameters for measuring tangible progress.
- Actionable. If a goal is actionable, you are able to achieve it given your skills and available resources.
- Relevant. A relevant goal has special significance in your life; you have a meaningful reason to achieve this goal.
- Time-bound. A time-bound resolution has strict milestones as well as a final deadline.
Although SMART criteria have several parts that can take considerable time and effort to develop, they are crucial to the foundation of a successful resolution in the New Year.
If your goals are specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound, you will have a much easier time seeing your resolution come to fruition.
Visualize the Results
Visualization is a powerful tool that will take your resolution to the next level.
Take a moment and envision your journey. What will progress look like? How will it feel? How will success change your life, and how will that feel?
Whenever you’re doubting yourself and your ability to succeed, remember the feeling of success and use it to push you forward.
Additionally, by identifying what progress will look like, you make it easier to see progress as it’s happening. This boosts your confidence and motivates you to continue working hard.
Being accountable to someone or something else is also a huge motivator because it gives you something to lose.
External accountability comes in many different shapes and sizes. It can be something as simple as having a workout buddy or as posting a major announcement of your resolution on social media. You’ll be embarrassed if you don’t show up to a workout or achieve your goal, so in the end, you’re more motivated to get up, do the work, and succeed.
Another powerful tool that is becoming increasingly popular is placing monetary wagers on yourself. Websites like DietBet and SweatBet allow you to wager money on your fitness goals. Several players have won over $1,000 and lost more than 50 pounds!
The premise is simple: place a bet and if you achieve your goal, you split the pot with the other winners. If you don’t, well then you’ve lost the bet.
These wagers make essentially make you accountable to your wallet. In today’s world, that’s a pretty significant motivator.
Fortify Your Mindset
Your mindset can singlehandedly push you to succeed or drive your resolution into the ground. Your job is to make sure it’s on the side of success.
The biggest challenge to your mindset is staying positive. Inevitably, negativity will creep in, and if left unchecked, it will bring your resolutions crashing down. However, positive self-talk and affirmations work wonders for keeping up your positivity.
But the journey isn’t always unicorns and rainbows. Sometimes things are hard… really hard. Learning to deal with adversity is a crucial aspect of accomplishing your resolution.
Ask yourself: Why has this happened and what can it teach me?
This simple question can flip your failure into fortune.
How Do I Keep My Resolution in 2020?
Whether your resolution is to practice mindfulness every day, improve your body composition, or anything in between, these tactics will set you up for success.
By staying consistent, developing SMART resolutions, visualizing your results, being accountable, and fortifying your mindset, you will be unstoppable in the year to come.
What is your resolution and how will you stick to it? Let me know in the comments!