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How to Make New Years Resolutions You Will Actually Keep

Only 8% of New Years Resolutions makers actually fulfill their goals—only 8%! If you’re new to resolutions or have failed to keep yours year after year, here are some great techniques to make, keep and fulfill your resolutions in 2013.

Choose resolutions that are measurable and realistic.

The #4 resolution from 2012 was “enjoy life to the fullest.” How do you actually prove that goal was achieved? A common New Year’s Resolution problem is that goal-setters choose things they can’t actually prove they achieved or monitor their progress. When it comes to making your resolutions for 2013, choose goals where you can monitor success and officially say “mission accomplished.”

Some common, measurable goals:

  • Lose XX lbs. and XX inches. Talk to your doctor or trainer to determine the realistic goal.
  • Reduce my spending by X% and improve my savings by X%. Talk to a financial adviser to determine the realistic goal.
  • Go to the gym at least three times per week. Talk to your doctor or trainer.
  • Donate $XX to charity and volunteer XX hours. Talk to your financial adviser and/or schedule volunteer time in advance to avoid conflicts.

Write the resolutions down, choose a powerful “reward” image and stick on your bathroom mirror.

Associating visual memories is a great tactic for achieving your goals in 2013. Write down your goals in contract form (sign it to make it official) and choose an image that is the reward for achieving your goal. For our weight loss goal-setters, take a “before” picture or put up a picture of that itsy bitsy swimsuit. For money savers, put up a picture of a dream vacation spot, new home or graduation cap. And for our volunteers, put up powerful images of your charitable goals, such as children, the arts or animals. Tape both your resolution contract and image on your bathroom mirror and look at them every day to keep your head in the game.

Appoint a resolution buddy and mentor.

Just like we have support groups for, well, nearly everything, so does a support structure help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions. Join a group or simply partner with a friend with similar goals. And to keep you both accountable and on track, choose a resolutions mentor. This person should be a role model in your life (business and/or personal) with a track record of helping people stay motivated to achieve their goals. At the beginning of 2013, set non-negotiable standing meetings 1-4 times per month (depending on your degree of failure temptation) to monitor your progress, assess your progress and give you that little kick you need to keep going.

 

About Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

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