How To Actually Accomplish Your New Year's Resolutions In 2022
Happy New Year my friends! I hope 2022 is off to an amazing start for you! It's that time of year again where people make resolutions that they don't actually plan to keep. These seem to be set up more like a wish list for the year, rather than things they actually resolve to change. In this solo episode, I list off 5 simple things you can do to stay on track and actually accomplish your goals this year. And by the way, it doesn't have to be the start of a new calendar year to start making change. Get after it! As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
In talking about New Year's Resolutions, did you know we are almost at Quitter's Day? January 19th is Quitter's Day! Research shows the day most people are likely to give up on their New Year's Resolutions is January 19. That's sad, isn't it?
So I put together 5 quick tips to help you actually achieve your New Years Resolutions this year. Not only to achieve them, but crush them!
write it in the present tense, like it has already happened. Write it down every day. I know that's a tough one. A recent study by the 3M Company shows that humans process visuals 60,000 times faster than having to imagine things. So when you write down your goals, it means that you can visually see them. This is an important point because when we see something, it affects how we act. You’re more likely to be productive if you can see what you have to do, instead of just thinking about it.
I know you've heard me say it 1028 times before... but let's make it 1029! Vague goals get vague results. Let's flip that so that it is specific goals get specific results. Setting a goal of I'd like to lose some weight this year is an AWFUL goal! Because if you lose 1 pound, congrats, you've achieved your goal. Instead, make it in the present tense like "I am 15 pounds lighter on July 15th" How specific is that! Instead a flimsy goal like "get more downloads on my podcast". Which is a nice goal, but how about "I have double the podcast downloads on December 31, 2022." People who vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to accomplish their goals than people who don't.
In addition to writing it down, put it out into the world:
It was Aristotle who said:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Until then, be great and be grateful!