Resolution Recommit: 5 Simple Ways to Make Them Stick

It’s only February, so you may find it odd that we’re already talking about recommitting to the resolutions you made only last month. Yet, if you’re like 80 percent of the population, you’ve already slipped on or let go completely of at least one resolution.

There are any number of reasons this happens, like:
• Failing to plan
• Making the goals too big and hard to reach
• Trying to go it on our own without help from someone who can either do it with us or keep us accountable
• Investing with the wrong perspective (i.e., seeing resolutions as pressure-producing aspirations versus things you’d like to work on throughout the year)
• Doing it not because you feel you should and not because you want to

If you know you’ve committed to any goal just because you “feel” you should, you’re not setting yourself up for success. Having a personal tie to a goal drives us to achieve it. Without that, there’s little to no motivation.

We’re not saying to give it up, but it’s time to assess the “why” you feel it’s required and decide whether it’s a goal worth your time and effort. (Does it have financial, health, mental, personal achievement benefits, etc.?) If the answer is no, it’s time to remove that one from the list anyway.

If the answer is yes, the following tips have been curated to help you get and keep the goals worth having on track.

Write Them Down
Visibility is key! According to Zig Ziglar (and almost every other goal guru), the first step in any successful project or endeavor is writing down the goals you want to achieve. “On a clean sheet of paper write everything you want to be, do or have.”

Keep Them Small
When we say “small,” we don’t mean insignificant. Yet, if you set a goal to lose 100 pounds, and don’t see much movement on the scale by this time in the year, you’re likely to feel defeated and lose faith in yourself. Keeping goals small and manageable allows you to set achievable goals throughout the year that keep you motivated toward success.

For instance, instead of setting a goal of 100 pounds, set a goal of 10 pounds. Once you reach that goal, you’ll find that success becomes the motivation for setting and achieving the next weight loss goal. Remember: true resolutions are things you want to work on the whole year through.

Give Them Meaning
If you’ll remember back to January’s article titled “Anything You Want: Simple Strategies to Make Goals Stick,” we talked about how important is to have a total-body focus when it comes to resolutions. This means developing an understanding and appreciation for all Four Pillars—Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery.

If you did not use this approach when identifying your resolutions, now is a good time to go back and do so. You may be surprised to find that you either have the wrong goals, or you’re much closer to reaching the ones you’ve made. It’s worth the investment.

Tie them to Benefits
As you write your goals down, include the benefits you expect to experience with achieving them. For instance, if your goal is weight loss, benefits may include feeling better, having more energy and getting a whole new wardrobe. You will go farther and experience greater success when you can visualize what that success looks like.

Post them on Social Media
If you don’t already have someone to work with on achieving your goals, accountability is crucial. We are much less likely to give up on a commitment when we’ve let others in on our aim. Simplest way? Post it on social media. It’s an incredible form of accountability that will make you feel a greater ‘need’ to accomplish the goal.

Good luck and keep taking those small steps forward!

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” —Orison Swett Marden



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