7 tips for achieving goals and following through with resolutions in 2015
With the dawn of the New Year, the age-old struggle we encounter every year resurfaces: the dreaded New Year’s resolution. For the most part, the New Year’s resolution involves dreaming up ambitious goals, trying to reach them and moderately succeeding for two days before failing miserably.
Had enough of that? How can we make 2015 the first year we put down the junk food, dust off our treadmills, take that next big business step, spend more time with our loved ones and actually accomplish our self-prescribed goals?
In this New Year, employ these seven tactics to make your 2015 goals 2015 realities:
1. Empower yourself. When considering your goals for the coming New Year, focus on one thing: empowering yourself. Focus your objectives on what will most enable you to help yourself, help others and, ultimately, have the strongest positive impact on your life personally and professionally. Create goals that will improve the quality of your life and positively affect the lives of those around you, and believe in yourself and your abilities to reach those goals.
2. Realize that you’re not Superman/Wonder Woman. Establishing a list of attainable goals should be the first thing you do when creating your list of goals for 2015. As you consider what positive changes would most affect your life, create ambitious – but attainable – goals. You can only do so much, and that’s all you can (and should) expect of yourself. Creating an unrealistic set of goals will destroy motivation to even attempt to accomplish anything. You’ll become discouraged when you can’t reach your goals without realizing that you’re not meeting them because they’re unrealistic. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, create reasonable goals that will increase your likelihood for success, and be confident that achieving those goals is probable.
3. Don’t beat yourself up. If you’re having trouble meeting your goals, don’t get down or quit trying. Re-evaluate the goals you’ve set for yourself and refocus your attention on what’s most important and what you’re most likely to attain. You’re not a failure until you stop trying.
4. Find an accountability partner. Asking someone to hold you accountable for following through with your goals will greatly increase your chances for success. Something in your psyche changes when you must answer to someone else; the sense that you have something to prove takes over and gives you the motivation necessary to meet your goals. Choose someone you trust and admire as your accountability partner.
5. Treat yourself. When you accomplish one of your goals, reward yourself. Positive reinforcement will give you the incentive you need to continue checking things off your list. Associating meeting a goal with a reward will motivate you to continue following through with achieving your goals. Taking a trip, enjoying a meal out or engaging in retail therapy can fuel your desire to reach your goals for more reasons than just accomplishing whatever the goal entails.
6. Cross it out. Find a way to tangibly eliminate achieved goals from your list. Writing your goals on balloons and merrily throwing darts to pop them once you reach the goals can be very cathartic, as can trashing sticky notes, erasing items off of a white board or simply crossing things off of your color-coded, overcrowded calendar. If you have the satisfaction of physically accounting for your accomplishments, you’ll want to continue meeting your goals.
7. Recognize the implications. Above all, consider how reaching your goals will improve your life and the lives of those around you. For each goal you create, write down a list of positive outcomes of achieving it. Visualizing the results of reaching your goals is a highly effective motivator.
As we get ready to ring in the New Year, engage yourself with these strategies and watch as 2015 becomes the year that your goals become realities.
These tips have always worked well for me when I really needed to get something done. Are there any I missed? What are some of your goals for 2015? How will you make sure you achieve them?
Jonathan Cronstedt is the CEO of Empower Network, LLC. Empower Network is a leading affiliate marketing and direct sales company that’s helping tens of thousands enjoy the “Empowered Lifestyle.” Jonathan enjoys travel, spending time with his wife and red wine.