Many people, myself included, make Resolutions for the coming year to improve their life in one or more areas. Research says that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Goals.
Following are Five questions you can answer that may be just the thing to give yourself greater opportunity for success. The questions are:
- Why do you want to make the change?
- Write down your “Why”. Make it part of your everyday experience.
- When you’re tempted to stop, your “Why” may be enough to get you back on focus.
- Is your goal concrete and measurable?
- Make S.M.A.R.T. goals
- Check out this online resource for a great example:
Brian Tracy and S.M.A.R.T. Goals
- What is your plan?
- If you were going to travel to the nearest city and you’ve never traveled there, you would find a map and familiarized yourself with the roads, highways and landmarks along the way.
- Achieving your goal is no different.
- Plan your journey.
- Who can support you as you work toward change?
- Jethro, the father in law of Moses, (Moses was God’s Leader of the Israelite people nearly 3,000 years ago!) gave Moses some great advice that increased Moses’ opportunity to become a better leader.
- If Moses needed a coach and accountability, there’s a great chance you could benefit from a similar relationship.
- Ask yourself who can guide you, counsel you and hold you accountable? When you have that answer, seek them out and ask them to be your “Jethro”.
- How will you celebrate your victories?
- Reward your victories. Changing a habit, routine or behavior can be trying. Instead of waiting until you get to the very end, celebrate small victories with people who care about you and your success.