Love them or hate them, New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition. Each year, we carefully craft the perfect resolutions in hopes of a fresh start, despite the fact that 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail.
No, that’s NOT a typo! That means there is only an 8% success rate with making these positive changes… Even though most of the population has no problem pin-pointing the areas of their lives that need improvement! The culprit?
Wording. The way you word your plan for the New Year is absolutely crucial in determining whether you will succeed or fail. Rather than vague, “fluffy” resolutions, create goals that are S.M.A.R.T: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Results-oriented and Trackable. The results might not be as epic as you were dreaming, but you are much more likely to stick to these goals, and see more positive, long-term changes in your life.
FAILED RESOLUTION: LOSE WEIGHT
NEW GOAL: EAT 4-5 SERVINGS OF VEGETABLES EVERY DAY
Planning to lose weight? Don’t expect to keep that resolution for long. When the numbers on the scale don’t go the direction you want, you’ll get frustrated, and throw in the towel. But telling yourself to eat MORE isn’t nearly as intimidating as putting a limitation on yourself. Make the goal S.M.A.R.T. by resolving to eat a certain number of fruit or vegetable servings each day.
FAILED RESOLUTION: WASTE LESS TIME ONLINE
NEW GOAL: SPEND 2 HOURS PER DAY LISTENING TO POSITIVE MENTAL NUTRITION
Instead of just “hoping and praying” to waste less time on your phone or computer, be intentional with how you spend your time. Buy or download some positive mental nutrition, such as event CDs and DVDs, and listen to them during your daily commute or when you are de-stressing on the couch. You’ll find yourself in a better, more productive mood, AND you won’t spend so much time on complaint-filled social media sites! You can check out our positive mental nutrition on www.SiBookstore.com.
FAILED RESOLUTION: GET FIT
NEW GOAL: TRY ONE NEW WORKOUT CLASS A MONTH
What does that even mean—“Get Fit?” Listen, health and fitness are important, but so are setting specific goals that you can achieve. If your goals aren’t measurable, you won’t be able to celebrate your success. While this goal may not get you a rock hard body, you will try new things and more importantly, find a form of exercise that you enjoy. Once you do that, “getting fit” won’t seem like such a chore.
FAILED RESOLUTION: SAVE MORE MONEY
NEW GOAL: TRACK MY SPENDING
Whether you use a software program (such as Quicken) or pen and paper, you need to know where your money is going. Break your expenses down into categories—like utilities, insurance, entertainment, and clothing—to identify where you can scale back.
FAILED RESOLUTION: BE A NICER PERSON
NEW GOAL: SEND A CARD TO A COLLEAGUE OR FAMILY MEMBER ONCE A MONTH
We should all strive to be nicer people, but the most important thing is the kind impact that you have on someone else’s life. Sending a “Thank You” card to a co-worker or a “Thinking of You” card to your grandmother once a month is a tangible way to bring joy to someone else’s life. Make love an action verb, rather than just a lofty sentiment.
With vision and S.M.A.R.T. thinking, you can definitely make 2015 your Best Year Ever! Give us a call at 866-917-2808 if you need any help planning your New Year’s goals!
-the Scheduling Institute Team