The promise of a new year inspires motivation. It’s a great reset point and a perfect place to get started working towards the goals you have decided to set for yourself. What goals are you looking to achieve in 2016? Are they short term or long term? Do they have to do with your health, education or perhaps with finances? Whatever you choose, starting with a strong foundation will ensure the best odds for success.
Create Habits Rather Than Resolutions
Did you know that out of the approximately 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions, only about 8% actually achieve them? That’s because after the first two weeks commitment starts to taper. Studies show that at that point only 64% of the resolvers are still sticking to the goals they set out to achieve. So what to do to if you notice that your commitment is wavering? Consider creating new habits, not just resolutions. Studies show that it takes 66 days on average to create a new habit, let alone to achieve a goal. A resolver who has given up after only the first two weeks has not allowed themselves adequate time to integrate a new behavior into their daily routine.
Patience, Time And Positive Thinking
Everyone wants immediate results, or at least to have them happen fast. It’s important to keep in mind that things do take time to change. And depending on the goal, the amount of time it takes to get there will vary. Don’t be discouraged if after a week or two, or even a month, you are not seeing the results you hoped for. Try to put things into perspective and focus on the new habits you are maintaining in order to reach your desired goal. Additionally, you should be aware if the goals you have set are realistic or not, or if you have bombarded yourself with too many changes at once.
You Have The Power With Positivity At Your Side
Whether you are deciding to resurrect an old goal or have been inspired to work towards a new one, keeping a positive outlook really can keep your vision arrowed straight for the prize. Nothing ruins progress more than giving yourself negative feedback. Once you realize that you are the one who holds the power for change, it becomes easier to see that you can turn any goal into reality.
So let’s make things happen this New Year. Happy 2016 Everyone!