10 Tips to Guarantee New Year’s Resolutions Success
Advice for success in the new year
It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means people everywhere will be making their annual New Year’s resolutions. But for most people, by February, those goals will be nothing more than a memory to revisit at the beginning of next year. How can you make your decisions a reality?
Steve Sieboldpsychological performance and mental toughness coach, and author of 177 World Class Mental Toughness Secrets, offers the following advice.
New Year’s Resolutions Tips
- All or nothing: It may sound harsh, but 99% compliance is a failure. Either go after your goals with 100% effort, or don’t even bother trying. You wouldn’t cheat on your spouse in a committed relationship, so don’t cheat on something as important as your decisions.
- It’s not about winning, but the desire to win that matters. Winners have a “whatever it takes” attitude. They made the decision to pay any price and bear any burden in the name of victory.
- Anticipate obstacles. Most people encounter a challenge or obstacle and seek an immediate escape. Have a plan moving forward when this happens. If you are not prepared to suffer through adversity, you will not succeed. You need to know that making a change is going to be hard work, and not a walk in the park.
- Don’t focus on how to do it, but why should I do it? Why do I want this goal to become a reality? The intensity of emotion with which this question is answered will determine whether the dream comes to life or dies.
- Be really clear about what you want to change. Ambiguity does not work with goal setting. Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight,” but get really specific and say, “By March 1, I want to lose 15 pounds. I’m going to eat well, exercise every day, and I’m really going to commit to doing this once and for all.”
- Set a schedule. Setting a schedule helps avoid procrastination. The way the mind works, a schedule gives you something to strive for.
- Focus on your self-talk. Be careful what you say to yourself, because your thoughts dictate your behavior. In fact, 77% of what we say to ourselves is negative, so don’t give in to negative thoughts that the goal is impossible. Keep asking yourself, “How can I achieve this?”
- seeing is believing: A vision board helps keep you motivated because it helps you see the end result of the goal you’re trying to achieve. If you want to lose weight, for example, cut out photos of really fit people and paste them onto a poster board. Hang the vision board in a highly visible location. This will reinforce the goals in your subconscious mind and help you move forward through those tough days. You can also write a descriptive letter to a friend detailing the way you want things to be a year from now. Read the message anytime you need help.
- Get an accountable friend. One of the biggest problems is that most people don’t have a means of accountability or a support system in place. Pursue your goals with a partner who truly pushes you. Better yet, find someone who has already achieved what you want after them and let them coach you.
- Ignore the naysayers: There will be people who say you can’t do it and that you should leave alone long enough. Break your addiction to others’ approval and disregard and move on. Achieving world-class success in anything means believing in yourself regardless of what other people think or say.