Make those 2012 Resolutions Stick & Succeed

Succeed with New Year Resolutions with 2Excel Coaching

Professor Richard Wiseman is a smart guy whose work I follow with great interest & his great book 59 Seconds is on my favourite list. A little while back Richard conducted a study to discover the outcomes of the use of willpower alone, against other techniques. With the end of the year almost upon us, I guess the thought of making a New Year Resolution or two may have crossed your mind, so we can do no better than take a professors’ advice  for ways in which we can best achieve them with ten simple tips – over to Richard:

1) Make only one resolution, your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.

2) Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution and instead take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.

3) Avoid previous resolutions; deciding to re-visit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.

4) Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions.  Instead think about what you really want out of life.

5) Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable, and time-based.

6) Tell your friends and family about your goals, thus increasing the fear of failure and eliciting support.

7) Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals by creating a checklist of how life would be better once you obtain your aim.

8 ) Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, thus maintaining motivation and a sense of progress.

9) Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.

 10) Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary set-back rather than a reason to give up altogether.

For those motivated individuals, Richard has also done a short video to assist – check this out here. In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year & remember if you need support for achieving your goals, dreams & desires one of my success coaching programs is a superb way to get them to stick & succeed!

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2 Responses to Make those 2012 Resolutions Stick & Succeed

  1. Coach Sven says:

    I totally agree to these 12 tips, except one:
    This is in regard to tip #1 where it’s told only to pick one resolution.
    Basicly I agree doing one thing after the other.
    From my own experience, I look at my personal life and see different areas like health, family, finances, social life, nature etc.
    And I think it’s a very good idea to have ONE single resolution for the different areas.
    Maybe it makes sense to start with one at the beginning of the year and start with another in March and so forth.
    I was amazed how much impact this point of view had on my life! It’s a matter of taking all areas into account, get them in balance and you will rock your life!

    And I am happy to share my success secret:
    Take action NOW, cause without action there will be no results.

    • grant says:

      Hi Sven
      Thank you for your thoughtful mail; I certainly understand what you mean & you make a good point.
      Doing things sequentially maximises & focuses our effort like a magnifying glass, giving a greater
      likelihood of achieving our aims. So, when it is written ONE resolution, it really means one at a time,
      like you have eloquently stated. Having resolution for different areas is certainly a great approach too.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts & indeed your success secret – I agree!

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