We’ve hit the quarter way mark for the year and those new year resolutions that we set on the 31st of December have somehow drifted to the bottom of our weekly to-do lists.
It’s time to hit the refresh button and revive your New Year’s resolution!
We’re all guilty of it, research even shows that only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions are able to meet their goal (according to a study from the University of Scranton).
So how can you make it through the quarter way mark and reignite your interest in achieving the personal and professional goals you set in December last year?
BE ACCOUNTABLE. Make yourself accountable for achieving your goal! Simply writing your resolution down does a fantastic job at reinforcing goals as it helps identify a specific goal that you are working to achieve. But take it a step further and tell your family & friends. By making yourself accountable your friends and family will help you keep up optimism and drive. If nothing else making a promise to take the dog for a run in the morning will make hitting the snooze button that little bit harder! :)
BE REALISTIC. Maybe completing a full marathon by the end of July was a bit of a stretch. Being realistic about your expectations, and what you have the time to achieve will help lead to success. Start off with a 10km, then move up to a half-marathon, and when you’re ready, book yourself in for the full marathon!
BE A SUCCESS. By establishing milestones to track success every small win will increase your motivation to carry on. Set milestones (and rewards) and track your progress each week/month. What can you do this week that will take you a step closer to your goal? Make sure you celebrate the small wins along the way!
For example if your resolution was to make your next career move, and you still haven't got started, you could set your first goal to update your CV or Linkedin profile this week, then next weeks’ goal could be to make a list of career goals or companies you are interested in working with, and then the following week you could reach out to recruiters/hiring companies with your CV. Before you know it you’ll be attending interviews!
PLAN PLAN PLAN Finally when you’re resurfacing your resolutions remember -
Fail to plan - Plan to Fail
Think about where you want to be in 1 year, 3 years or 5 years - whether it be professionally or in your personal life and how the investment that you make today will help in achieving those goals.
STICK WITH IT! Research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that on average, it takes more than two months before a new behaviour becomes automatic - take your time, and keep trying!