Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goal Setting: 5 Tips for Setting Effective New Years Resolutions

Here are 5 tips you can use to set better New Years resolutions.

1. Put your goal in writing. Here is how you need to think about it - if your goal is not in writing, then you do not have a goal. When we keep a goal in our heads, the goal gets crowded out by all the other pieces of information running around in our heads. Putting your goal in writing makes it real and much more likely to be accomplished. This is because you can now put your written goal somewhere that you will see it several times a day. This is a powerful reminder and keeps you on course.

2. Choose the top 1-3 of the resolutions you find both exciting & achievable in a 12 month period. Having one successful resolution is better than having 20 unsuccessful resolutions.

3. Break down the plan into small and manageable chuncks. You have a full 12 months to get it done, what small things in January do you have to do to stay on track to make it to February and then to March and so on?

4. Tell lots of people about your goal. Tell others about your goal. Make sure you tell one or two people that will hold you accountable to your commitment. We all need encouragement from time to time. This is because no matter how motivated we are, there are times when we need a good swift kick in the pants. If you really want to hold you feet to the fire on this one, tell so many people about your goal that you will be embarrassed if you do not achieve it.

5. Give it all you got. Very few people have had the privilege of giving all they have toward a goal. It is a great feeling.