So, it’s February. How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolution?
Remember that thing? The goal you set for yourself back in the beginning of January. If you have managed to stay on track this long and sticking to your resolution is producing the results that you desire, then give yourself a pat on the back. You probably don’t need to read the rest of this article. For those who have found it hard to keep up with your resolution or maybe your resolution is not producing the results you thought it would, please keep reading.
Let’s start with a goal
Yes, a goal … singular. One problem people run into is that they put too much on their plate all at once.
“I am going to read a book a week, go to the gym five days a week, cook all of my meals at home, and only watch thirty minutes of TV a day.”
Wow, that sounds overwhelming doesn’t it? Start with one goal. This way you are able to be consistent enough with that one thing until it becomes a habit. So, read one book a week for eight weeks. The ninth week you won’t even have to think about it—by now reading one book a week is a habit. And a good one at that.
With one new habit achieved, add one more
Now that reading one book a week is part of your lifestyle, you can add going to the gym. And so on. By the end of the year you will be doing all of these things consistently, instead of giving up on them by February.
Let’s learn how to set an attainable goal
It helps to set one goal at a time but if that goal in unrealistic—it may be hard to follow through with it. For example, if you read one book in all of 2019, setting a goal of one book a week right off the bat is unsustainable. Sure, you might be able to do it for a couple of weeks, but it will feel like hard work and you will most likely burn out.
A more effective strategy
Here is a more effective strategy to get to a point where you are reading one book every week. Set primary, secondary, and tertiary goals. In our current example, that would look something like this:
- Primary goal: read one book every month. Once you have done that a few months in a row, you are ready to move on to your secondary goal.
- Secondary goal: read one book every two weeks. Once reading a book every two weeks becomes second nature to you—
- You are ready to move on to your Tertiary goal. Which is, of course, to read one book every week.
What if you have been sticking to your resolution but you’re not getting results?
I would challenge you to find the “why” behind your resolution. Maybe your resolution is to watch less TV.
I ask you, why?
And your response is, because it is a waste of time. I would challenge you to challenge yourself to do more of something positive rather than less of something negative.
Try framing it this way instead
I will spend more time with my children because that is a valuable use of my time. This might produce a more rewarding experience than constantly telling yourself you can’t watch TV.
A successful strategy
One goal at a time, utilize primary, secondary, and tertiary goals, and frame your goals as doing MORE of something GOOD.
These three strategies will help you set more effective goals any time of the year. And don’t forget to congratulate yourself when you do reach your goal! This helps you to associate positive experiences with productivity.
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