New Year's resolutions are often met with enthusiasm and optimism. We're eager to start fresh, make positive changes, and improve our lives. However, according to a study by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's resolutions. Why do so many of us fail to stick to our goals? There are a number of reasons why New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep. We may set unrealistic goals, lack motivation, or not have a plan for how to achieve our goals. But it doesn't have to be this way. Increase the chances of success for your classes or clients (and yourself) with these 7 tips to make 2024 a success:
1. Set SMART goals
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This means that your goals should be clear, concrete, and something that you can actually achieve. For example, instead of resolving to "lose weight," resolve to "lose 10 pounds by June 1st."
2. Break your goals down into smaller steps
Once you have set your SMART goals, break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. This will make your goals seem less daunting and will help you stay on track. For example, if your goal is to run a 5K marathon, start by training for a 1-mile run.
3. Create a plan
Having a plan is essential for achieving your goals. Your plan should include specific steps, timelines, and resources. It should also be realistic and achievable.
4. Find a support system
Surround yourself with people who will support you in your efforts to achieve your goals. This could include family, friends, or a support group.
5. Be patient
It takes time to achieve goals. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results immediately. Just keep at it and you will eventually reach your goals.
6. Celebrate your successes
When you achieve a milestone, take some time to celebrate your success. This will help you stay motivated and keep moving forward.
7. Don't be afraid to adjust your goals
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes you may need to adjust your goals. This is okay. The important thing is to keep moving forward and making progress.
Making and keeping New Year's resolutions is not easy, but it is possible. By following these best practices, you can increase your chances of success. Remember, New Year's resolutions are about making positive changes in your life. So don't be afraid to set ambitious goals. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything you set your mind to and take consistent, intentional action toward.
Happy New Year!