5 things you need to know if you want to stick to your New Year goals

Eat healthy. Get more exercise. Get more sleep. Save more money. Make new friends. Read more books. While these are some of the most common New Year resolutions people make all over the world, they are also the most common New Year resolutions which people end up breaking.

Posted 15 days ago in Wishes & Goals.

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Nilin Ganguly
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Before you set your New Year resolutions this year, take some time to plan it wisely. Contrary to popular belief, not all New Year resolutions are doomed to fail. Dig deep and you will have seen your New Year resolution till completion.

Ask your WHY?

Ask yourself why you want to set a New Year resolution. This is what Simon Sinek, author and leadership expert says, “Everyone has a why. Why do you get up in the morning? Why does your organization exist? Your Why is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do. When you think, act and communicate starting with Why, you can inspire others.”

It is applicable for every task that you set out to do. If you know why you want to set a new year’s resolution, you will then be able to figure out what and how you can go through with it.

Write your goals down

Writing down your New Year resolutions increases the odds of achieving them. Several studies over the years have pointed to the fact that those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who didn’t. Simply thinking about them does not lend them the credibility which they deserve. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group says that we should also share these goals with our friends or family. They will encourage you to stay on track when you feel like giving up.

write your goals down

Make your goals SMART

Setting long term goals like getting leaner or waking up early can be very vague unless and until you can measure them with some consistency. You might have come across SMART goals. If you haven’t, let me give you a brief about it.

Smart stands for-

SPECIFIC- When you write them down, go into details of what you want to achieve.

MEASURABLE- Make sure you can track your progress

ATTAINABLE- Set tasks which have a good possibility of success

RELEVANT/REALISTIC- What results can you achieve

TIME BOUND- Give time to accomplish each step

Connect with people who have similar goals

The best way to stay on track and remain motivated is to search and find people who share your goals. When you start running early morning every day, you are bound to find people who are also trying to follow a similar routine. When you skip the fast food joints and start visiting the organic food section at your workplace, you meet people who are eating healthy too.

Don’t forget to celebrate minor accomplishments

Each small win should be celebrated. Studies over the years have indicated that major accomplishments rarely have a profound effect on our well being. Rather, small and minor tasks when completed and celebrated can lead to a snow balling effect and keep us happy throughout the year. For example, you can reward yourself with your favourite dish when you complete a week of exercise.

Believe it or not, most people who accomplish their New Year goals keep them short and precise. Take for example, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. He is known for publicly pledging a new challenge every year. For 2017, he made a pledge of visiting every American state and interacting with regular people living and working there. His 2018 goal is to focus on fixing Facebook as he declares in his Facebook post.

Thus, it is important to keep in mind the above points when you start planning goals for this New Year. Feel free to comment below if you have any more tips on successfully sticking to our New Year resolutions.