So how many times have you made the same New Year’s resolution, only to abandon it in a month or even less?!
It’s been more than a month now since the New Year. If you’ve made some progress on your resolutions, you deserve a huge congratulations!! But for most, it’s “What was that resolution again? Oh, yeah, I forgot…”
Actually, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton (put together by Statistic Brain), only a mere 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually get to accomplish their goals.
I know, I know. You’ve got that burning desire inside you to get that new project done, act on your brilliant business idea, shed off those unwanted pounds, etc. This is the perfect time to get it done while the year is still young!
Why You Should Work on Your Habits Instead
Break them up into small daily actions that are more achievable but will create incredible results when repeated regularly over time.
Habits are very, very powerful because they actually dictate most, if not all, of your words and actions. They don’t require any thinking because they’ve become second nature to you.
Your habits work on automatic mode. They are your set ways of doing things, influencing all of your choices and decisions in life.
10 Steps to Develop Good Habits and Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
Many people are clueless about the stark reality of life results simple habits can actually lead to.
You’ll be amazed at how a soda a day can lead to obesity and even diabetes over time, or how your spending habits can eventually lead to unimaginable debt and bankruptcy!
So how do you develop these good habits based on your resolutions for this year? Here are the easy steps you must follow:
Step 1: Focus on just one or two resolutions you absolutely want to achieve this year. Remember that focus is key in order for you to become successful.
Step 2: Make each one very specific. Instead of wanting to “live a healthy life”, your goal can be “to exercise three times a week”.
Step 3: Break each one into smaller goals. For example, if you want to earn more money through a side business, you can have goals like “learn more about (specific type) business” or “create awareness on Facebook by posting weekly tips related to the business”.
Step 4: Determine the specific actions or tasks that will help you achieve each small goal. If you wish to learn about a particular business, you can attend a seminar, find a coach or mentor, read a book, interview people in this industry, etc.
Step 5: Check which of these actions or tasks, when done daily, will lead you to your goal. For example, you can read several pages in a book or watch a video on the topic you want to learn more about. You can always alternate them too since they are both part of everyday learning, which could be the actual goal that you want to turn into a habit.
Step 6: Take note of weekly or monthly actions. Obviously you can’t attend a seminar every single day, so just schedule such things because soon they will become a weekly or monthly habit as well.
Step 7: Create daily reminders for these actions or tasks. These can be post-it notes on your fridge or bathroom mirror or alarms on your smartphone. It’s up to you. The more you consciously do these, the more you’ll get into the habit of developing your habits!
Step 8: Do the daily tasks religiously for 30 days straight. According to studies, it only takes 21 days to form a habit. However, I personally prefer 30 days just so you can test yourself further and ensure that the habit has been solidified.
Step 9: Celebrate small successes and don’t sweat the small stuff! Be sure to reward yourself not just for completing 30 days but even weekly— perhaps for not missing one day of your daily task or for recognizing even a slight change in yourself. And of course, also avoid beating yourself up for mistakes every now and then. That’s normal and expected. You just have to move forward and work on your goal again.
Step 10: Have an accountability buddy. Just to make sure you don’t give up in the middle of challenges and give in to temptations that lead you away from your goals, it’s best to appoint a trusted person that will check on you and give you constant reminders.
Get Going Now If You Seriously Want Change
If you seriously want that change in your life, you need to start working on your habits as described above.
Begin developing those successful habits one at a time and learn how to make them stick. A lot of people have done it. You can too!
At the end of this year, you’ll thank yourself for acting on your resolutions and actually getting the results you desire.
So what New Year’s Resolution are you prioritizing now? Which one are you working on at the moment? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comment box. 🙂