How to Set Resolutions That Have A Pull Factor

When the year begins, lots of people make resolutions of what they want to do different or try out for the first time. Unfortunately, most of them end up as colossal failures. According to research, fewer than 20% of resolutions end up successful, the others are abandoned along the way.

Staying on track to reach your personal finance goals, spend time with your family or lose weight is determined by how you set up and execute your resolutions. Goal setting is largely the greatest cause of failure in achieving resolutions. Below are some strategies on how to get this right.

Be Realistic

Look at your history and the struggles you have had over time. For instance, if you have encountered enormous challenges in losing weight, you can’t expect yourself to surmount that challenge in the next short period. This is a recipe for failure. Give yourself adequate time.

Inspire and Excite Yourself

The goal you create should be exciting enough to you. If you want to keep your spending under check, a savings goal can help shape you into the person you want to become. The point of excitement could be that you pay up your debts and save enough so you can go on vacation somewhere.

Trust the Process

Setting up a goal comes with a process of achieving it.

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” — Fitzhugh Dodson

Take an example of a weight loss objective. The goal here may not necessarily be attaining a specific weight level, but instead hiring a nutritionist, cutting down on sugar intake, and working out 2 to 3 days in a week.

Celebrate Small Wins

Identify smaller landmarks on your way to achieving the big goals. Into these milestones, establish how to celebrate them. You can peg a certain level of success with a reward on one end. Be intentional and keep this going to the end of the year.

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Experiences from Other People

Perhaps it helps to hear what others have to say about their experiences with resolutions and what kept them going amidst challenges.

  • Commitment and a structured way to attain your goals.
  • Setting super specific goals that you can measure your achievement against.
  • Your goals should be flexible enough so that a single disappointment doesn’t crush the entire plan. 

Turn every resolution into a habit by doing something about it on a day-to-day basis. Instead of lumping all habits into one week or one month, spread them over and work on one at a time. It is important to use a calendar to track your goals.

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