How many times have you heard already this year: “I’m going to be skinny this year… I’m going to be successful this year… My resolution is to drink less…” and research shows that 92% of these people are speaking utter bull shit.
I’m sure people feel great making these statements, a way to abolish your downfalls and fantasise with being a better person. However, just a measly 8% of people actually follow through and achieve their goals. And most of the people who break their resolutions will do so before the end of January. I am peeved off knowing this whilst listening to peoples’ empty promises to themselves. Your talk is purely air pollution to my ears.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of creating New Year’s resolutions – goals to accomplish to become a better version of yourself – if your heart is in it. Which had me thinking, maybe people need to think more before coming out with vague, overly ambitious statements.
But don’t fret – I have come up with a method to help you achieve your goals and be the person you want to be. After all, having clear goals and sticking to them has been proven to build your self-confidence and improve mental health.
Write it down
Write it down, write it down, write it down. Did I mention writing it down? Writing down your overall goal and having it somewhere that you can see every day, like on the wall of your room, is an excellent motivator and keeps you on track to what you want to achieve.
Create realistic goals, broken down into baby steps and keep organised.
Saying ‘I want to be skinnier this year’ is setting yourself up for failure. Set yourself a measureable goal (e.g. I want to lose 10kgs this year and keep it off) and then break down that goal into baby steps. For example set out a goal to workout 4 hours a week.
Further to this, it is so vital to keep organised. Set out a weekly or monthly plan where you organise your budget/fitness regime/amount of cigarettes you’re cutting down so you have clear expectations of yourself.
Have a specific timeline
It’s very important to have a timeline for the year, setting out small goals along the way. You won’t see instant results, especially with larger goals. If you want to save so much by the end of the year, I’d recommend setting a weekly amount to set some money aside with quarterly targets to hit.
If all else fails though, I love the concept the organisation Promise or Pay has set out. If you don’t achieve the goals you set out then you have to donate money to your chosen charity. There is a silver lining to your failures.
All sarcastic humour aside, you really can achieve anything you set your mind to. Remember no one is ever too busy, if it’s something you really want to accomplish you will make the time for it.
And good luck!