January 1st is fast approaching. Have you thought about your resolution for the coming year?
Even though most of us are full of broken New Year’s resolution commitments, every year we tell ourselves that we will commit ourselves to one thing or another. I have to admit; I don’t even remember what my resolutions from past years were. It’s obvious that New Year’s resolutions haven’t worked out for me.
Research by the people at Quirkology found from their study of over 3,000 people that only 12% achieved their New Year’s resolution goals. To make matters more interesting, 52% of the over 3,000 people were confident that they would achieve their goal when they first committed to it. (Which also means that 48% committed to a New Year’s resolution with expectations of not succeeding?) Although 12% is a disappointing percentage, there are ways to improve your odds of success.
Not all hope is lost. Tips given by the Quirkology study to improve your odds of achieving your resolution say that men tend to achieve 22% more often when they used goal setting as a tactic, while women can boost their success rate by 10% when they share their goals with others and gain support.
Here are some more tips from the Quirkology study:
One Resolution Only – Just like how our minds are not made to multi-task, trying to focus on many resolutions will split your focus and lower performance. Concentrating on one resolution will help you increase your focus on the one important resolution you want to achieve, thus increasing your success rate.
Be Specific – If you tell yourself that your resolution is to create a successful blog, there is no context to what you want to achieve. Do you want a publishing deal through your blog? Do you want 500 subscribers? 100,000? Or is your motivation based on income that can be generated from your blog? How much income do you want to generate? (Be specific with the amount)
Be Persistent – We all mess up here and there, but keep at your goals. If you stall or let your resolution schedule pass up, get back into your routine as soon as you can. We also need to know that new habits will take a long time to learn. Some habits may come as soon as 1 month, while others may take well over a year.
Instead of a longer 1-year commitment, try something you’d find more reasonable. How about a 200-day challenge? 100-day challenge? 30-day challenge?
By achieving smaller challenges in the beginning, you’ll be able to build up confidence and motivation to challenge yourself to bigger goals.
If you want to improve your success rate and want to achieve more than one resolution, aim for goals in different areas. If you want to learn another language, make another resolution a physical one such as being able to run a half-marathon, etc.
Know why you want to achieve a certain goal. Do you want to lose weight because you want to look good at the beach? Is it because you’ll be facing health problems if you don’t shed some extra weight? Is it pressure from others?
If you decide to challenge yourself in 2010, good luck!
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