You’ve got back from your festive break, after eating too much and working just too little. (Trust us, we know the feeling. Our stomachs know the feeling too.) Now you’re back and ready for action with a refreshed keenness to take on 2020 like nobody’s business. And you know it’s going to be good. If you can stick to your guns.
Luckily for you, sticking to your guns doesn’t need to be impossible. Just stick to small, simple strategies and you’ll sail through the year wondering how it’s so easy.
Step 1: Focus on fewer clear goals for the year
New Year’s Resolutions often fail because too many goals are set which are too vague. To combat this, have a good think about which goals you really want to achieve and prioritise those – and set them with clear objectives. Make them fewer, finer, and focused!
Step 2: Tell people what your resolutions are
Once you tell someone what you want to do, you’re a little more likely to do it. Bring your resolutions closer to success in advance by keeping yourself accountable by telling like-minded ambitious friends what your goals are. You can take it a step further and make it a team-effort by asking them what their goals are and hold them accountable too!
Step 3: Set yourself reminders
It’s pretty easy to forget about your resolutions when February rolls around. Often when we enter into May, they’re a distant memory. It’s a lot easier to remember your goals if you set yourself reminders throughout the year. Put down a tangible (written or electronic) reminder of what you want to achieve at the beginning of the year and make a recurring event at a frequent consistent time. For example, pop a reminder in your phone to fire off at the beginning of the month and look back to see how you fared in between!
Step 4: Remember that failing is not failure
If you set yourself a goal to achieve with a set time to it and you miss it, it doesn’t mean success can’t be found! The only time failure is guaranteed is if you choose to take a step back and walk away. Success is found through attempts and failing, not a lack thereof. Instead of throwing in the towel at the first sign of a shortcoming, use the towel to wipe the sweat from your brow and keep failing forward.
Step 5: Continue to push yourself
Success in a goal? Great! Now don’t stop! Extend your objectives to the next level and gain more success! Be an over-achiever and see the year through to a winning end!