The end of the year is closing in.
Now’s the time to start planning your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016!
According to a January 2015 article published by the Washington Post, somewhere between 40% and 50% of Americans will make their new year’s resolutions, but only 46% of them will succeed in keeping those resolutions within the first six months of the year. On the bright side, history shows that those who are able to stick with those resolutions for six months or more are ten times more likely to keep their resolutions indefinitely versus those who don’t follow the annual tradition.
There’s more good news for you.
Making your new year’s resolutions can be easily attainable! Here are a six solid tips you can use to help you come up with your own personal resolutions for 2016.
- Start planning earlier. Those who plan resolutions at least 2 or more weeks prior to the New Year don’t feel pressured to come up with a list of goals quickly and tend to make resolutions with a higher probability of success.
- Keep you list short. Lists with more than 5 resolutions have a higher rate of failure of completion.
- Be specific rather than vague. Vague goals leave too much wiggle room and makes it easier for you to let go of the original intent of your resolution. Example: a resolution to ‘get healthier’ would be better setup as ‘lower my cholesterol 5 points in the next 3 months.”
- List attainable goals. If you set your goals too high you are more likely to fail in sticking with those resolutions. Focus on reasonable, quantitative numbers and timelines. Example: a goal such as ‘workout 10 times each month’ is more realistic than ‘lose 60 pounds this year’.
- List resolutions that make a meaningful impact to you and those around you. Making goals that positively affect loved ones, business partners, or community can make the goal more motivating to you to complete because you’re no longer just accountable to yourself.
- Incentify yourself. No matter what your resolutions, whether they’re for personal health, family, travel, career or hobby give yourself a reason to follow through on your new year’s resolutions. Setting up a small reward for each completed goal is great incentive to keep going until you’ve successfully completed your goals.
This year Back2Basics has a number of business resolutions and goals we’re working on as a company, but each of our team members also sets individual goals for themselves. Let’s see how many of those personal resolutions make it more than 6 months out!
- Learn one more skill or improve on an existing skill each quarter.
- Keep at least 3 out of 4 (or 5) weekends each month for family, friends, or community and stay out of the office.
We want to hear about your New Year’s Resolutions!
Have you started planning for your resolutions yet? What are some of your top resolutions for the new year?