Goal Setting: Succeeding With Resolutions

The concept of New Year’s resolutions began with the ancient Babylonians almost 4,000 years ago. Unfortunately, though we’ve had a lot of practice, only 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions keep them. This is hardly an inspiring success rate.

Let’s get unstuck and consider a new practice for 2018 – take the pressure off! Instead of setting a “resolution,” focus on several smaller, more attainable goals throughout the year. In fact, start by using arbitrary dates for your goals instead of the looming New Year’s Day.

Here are a few additional tips:

  • Set SMART goals. Be sure each goal is written as specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
  • Use a checklist. Checking an item off your list can be thrilling, and may feel like its own reward!
  • Gamify your goal. Gamification turns normal tasks into “fun” activities with competition and rewards. Collaborate with a friend (competition) or incentivize yourself to achieve a goal (reward).

Commit to the route you choose, and watch your years keep getting better!